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Hilton Design Competition - Frequently Asked Questions

Hilton Design Competition

Is the competition open to large practices?​​

The competition is open to practices of all sizes provided the team that submits an entry has no more than five individuals.​

What are the likely user groups?

The tenants may include the elderly, single parents or people with disabilities, but could be any other person who satisfies the eligibility criteria. Entrants are advised to operate on the assumption that the user group could be any person who satisfies the eligibility criteria, and that the tenant is likely to change several times over the life of the home.

Will unrelated persons be housed together in the same dwelling?

No. Each dwelling will be occupied by a single person, family unit or non-traditional family of related persons.

Is the accommodation typically leased longer term, or is it more transient?

The tenancy duration depends on the circumstances of the tenant, but given the ownership of these homes is retained by the Department of Communities (Housing), the period of the lease is likely to be mid-to-long-term in most cases. For the purpose of the competition you should assume the tenancy duration is six months or longer.

How will Housing manage the mix of tenant types?

The system operates on a first-in-first-served basis so each property would become available to the next suitable person in line. Managing the tenant relationship between each dwelling is an element that will need to be considered under Design Quality Principle 3.3.3 Functional and Build Quality.

What is Housing’s position on outdoor/communal spaces?

While communal spaces have the potential to give rise to conflict they have the potential to deliver positive benefits to the tenants. It will be up to the architect to consider the pros and cons of providing communal spaces and how they can be managed.

Are potential communal spaces considered external only, or is this up to the architect?

Internal communal spaces are not desirable; however, they may be considered where the use and maintenance of these spaces is demonstrated, particularly in terms of safety and privacy.​​​​​​​​​

What is the plan for the homes after construction? Are they to be held and leased by the Department of Housing?

These homes will be held and leased by the Housing Authority and leased separately as social housing dwellings.

Is there a limit on the number of team members?

Teams are limited to five participants. If you have more than five people who would like to participate you submit up to two entries, provided that each team is led by a Registered Architect and is separate from the other. This means each participant can only be registered once.

I am a registered architect in Victoria. Can I enter?

​Architects registered in other states in Australia may enter, but must provide confirmation of registration in Western Australia by close of business on 4 October. Registered Architects must also be based in Western Australia for the delivery phase of the project and no additional fees will be paid for travel or relocation expenses. If confirmation as a Practicing Registered Architect in Western Australia is not provided by this date your entry will be considered ineligible.

I am registered as a non-practising architect in Western Australia. Can I enter?

Architects registered as non-practising members in Western Australia may enter, but must provide confirmation of registration as a Practicing Architect in Western Australia by close of business on 4 October. If confirmation as a Practicing Registered Architect in Western Australia is not provided by this date your entry will be considered ineligible.

Will the front property be retained as social housing, and potentially have some connection/relationship to the rear development, or are they to be considered as unrelated sites?

The front property will be sold on the open market, and from an ownership perspective, it is unrelated to the competition site. However, the existing front dwelling is in fairly poor condition and will be refurbished by the Housing Authority before its sale. This will demonstrate the potential these homes have to be restored while showcasing the overall project on this site. As such, designs should exhibit a considered relationship with the character of the area as per Design Quality Principle 3.3.2 of the Brief​.

Does the designated car parking space count toward the unit area (min 60m² - max 80m²) or is it separate?

Garages or car ports are not included in the floor area calculation. Under the MoU with the City of Fremantle each dwelling is limited to a maximum ‘Floor Area’ of 80 square metres. ‘Floor Area’, as defined under the Fremantle Planning Scheme, has the same meaning as ‘Plot Ratio Area’ in the RCodes, which excludes areas used for parking vehicles at (or below) natural ground level.​

Is the intention for all existing houses on the seven (7) sites to be demolished to make way for 14 new houses and is the ‘restored demonstration project house’ for temporary use (project display purposes only)?

No. The 14 social housing dwellings will be constructed on the seven (7) rear battle-axe lots and the original dwellings on the front lots will be sold ‘as is.’ The initial concept relates to 15A Harwood Street (the ‘competition site’) which is the rear battle-axe lot. Section 3.1 of the brief further states this ‘concept should be considered as a “design approach” that is capable of being adapted to six other rear battle-axe lots owned by Housing in Hilton’. The original dwellings on the front lots of each site do not form part of this project.

While Housing is unable to mandate the retention of these homes once sold, we will include a notification on the land sale advising the prospective purchaser that these dwellings have some heritage significance and that their demolition may not be supported by the City of Fremantle.

Is there a minimum area for storage for each dwelling which also requires external access?

Yes – storage areas are required as per grouped dwelling requirements of the RCodes. In terms of access, section 3.5 of the brief states that variations from the planning framework may be considered where justification is provided in accordance with the relevant performance criteria.

“Private outdoor areas must also be provided for each occupant”- does this translate to private balcony/outdoor space specifically to each bedroom?

A single area of private open space should be provided for each dwelling. It can be provided off any habitable room subject to meeting design quality principle 3.3.3 - functionality and build quality.

Are balconies or upper floor deck areas form part of the dwelling floor area (60m2 min – 80m2 max)?

Floor area has the same meaning as plot ratio area in the RCodes which does not include balconies/upper floor deck areas.​

What is proposed for numbers 17 (proposed lots 53 and 54) and 19 (proposed lots 55 and 56) Harwood Street?

Proposed lots 54 (17A) and 56 (19A) are both currently owned by Housing but do not form part of the Hilton Design Competition. Housing intends to sell the existing dwellings on proposed lots 53 and 55 ‘as is’ and to sell the subdivided rear lots 54 and 56 separately. There are no plans to construct public housing on the rear lots or to refurbish these homes.

What is the address of the property on Snook Crescent?

The development site is the rear battle axe lot to be identified as 93A Snook Crescent (proposed lot 82).

Can I obtain plans of the original dwelling on the front lot of the competition site?

Plans are not currently available for the front dwelling. Plans will be prepared for the front dwelling and will be issued to shortlisted entries at the commencement of stage 2.

The arborists report suggests that there are three (3) trees with high retention value, but not all trees appear on the measured survey. Can you confirm which two (2) trees have high retention value and are to be retained where possible?

T3 has been removed as part of the initial subdivision works. Trees T4 and T5 remain on site and should be conserved.​

Given the MOU with the City of Fremantle effectively waves the density code for the lot – can we assume that a multi-res option is available, ie building one dwelling over another?

he competition does not preclude one dwelling from being placed above another. However, it would need to demonstrate that the design is in accordance with the RCodes (with the exception of the density variation allowed under the MoU) and any local area planning policies. While it is noted that ‘multi-res’ would not technically be permitted on these lots under the RCodes, there may be a different interpretation if one of the dwellings is considered as an ancillary (or secondary) dwelling. Alternatively, each dwelling could be designed so it is not placed over (or under) the plot ratio area of the other dwelling. Ultimately, it is up to each entrant to demonstrate that the design is in accordance with the relevant planning framework. The competition also allows variations from the planning framework to be considered where sufficient justification is provided; however, this does not confer any responsibility on the City of Fremantle to approve the design.​