ICS Australia will this week commence construction on the latest project from hospitality heavyweight Miles Hull in a feat that will see the entire timber framework of the bar erected in only one day.
The first build of its kind in Western Australia, within hours the unassuming building site will be transformed into ‘Jetty Bar and Eats’ - a bar on East Fremantle’s riverside made almost entirely out of sustainable, locally grown timber.
With simple, timber-framed, steel-clad buildings a historic feature of Fremantle’s construction landscape, the decision to implement a similar practice for Jetty was something ICS Australia’s Director Craig Peterson was clear on from the outset.
‘The site for Jetty was once home to a similar style timber building, so the opportunity to approach this project with the timber technology we have access to today is quite remarkable.
‘The bar will float right between the iconic Fremantle traffic and Stirling bridges so the choice to pay homage to the area and use timber for this project made complete sense. It gives the phrase ‘local watering hole’ an entirely new meaning,’ said Peterson.
With a shift in the construction industry globally towards using off-site manufactured timber, working with Wesbeam, Australia’s leading manufacturer of laminated veneer lumber (LVL) to deliver the highly anticipated venue was also a natural choice for ICS.
‘Using prefabricated LVL timber portal frames for the build ensures the final product is not only hugely sustainable, but it also results in a passive building that will require very little energy to heat or cool the space,’ said Wesbeam State Manager, Tim Mapstone.
‘We’ve worked with Wesbeam for years, and their sustainably-managed, locally sourced timber is one of the most environmentally-friendly building materials available.
‘The timber structure will come first, followed by the cladding and internal fit-out. On completion, the project will have used 18 cubic metres of sustainable timber which will result in a carbon offset of 9.8 tonnes making it one of Western Australia’s most sustainably designed and built venues,’ said Peterson.
With award-winning Fremantle architect Michael Patroni of spaceagency at the helm of the single-storey, 120-person design, bar-goers can expect the finished venue to be a space that maximises the site’s north-facing aspect and pays respect to the timber structure with an industrial aesthetic and louvred windows blurring the lines between indoors and out.
In addition, Fremantle based interior designer Kate Archibald of Kate Archibald Design Office will be providing a sympathetic interior fit-out to the Patroni designed building that pays homage to Fremantle’s waterside and multicultural history.
‘Raising the bar structure in one day will be no mean feat, but once the community see the timber build sitting on the water the vision for the bar will come to life. For us, this project really highlights the benefits of a passive building whilst using sustainable materials. The fact we also get to be part of building on Fremantle’s thriving hospitality scene and deliver a Perth first is an added bonus, said Peterson’
Leading the way in the local construction industry with a focus on unique hospitality venues, ICS Australia has also delivered recent projects such as Quarter Acre Tavern, Johnny Fox’s and Lynott’s Lounge. In addition, Peterson’s keen interest in Perth’s arts and culture scene has seen the team deliver across an array of creative pursuits including installations and structures for the Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle Men’s Shed, Design Freo and the upcoming Fremantle Biennale.
Jetty Bar and Eats is the latest project from Miles Hull’s Dark Horse Hospitality Group. The raising of the bar will take place on Thursday, March 18 from 7am with the entire venue on track to open in June of this year.
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