Liv Apartments Fremantle

Completion year 2017

Electrical, Hydraulics, Mechanical, Structural



Key People

Eric Le Meur

Structural Project Engineer, Principal

Ben Hyde

Hydraulic Project Engineer, Principal

Andrew Wakelam

Mechanical Section Manager, Principal

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This project involves a new apartment development comprising of three buildings in Fremantle’s East Side. The development will include 166 apartments and 1,300m2 of commercial tenancies including the WA office of Defence Housing Australia. Liv Apartments is the first WA project to receive environmental approval rating under One Planet guidelines.

Project features:

  • 80kW solar PV system
  • Building-wide metering and monitoring system allowing each apartment owner to view their power and water usage graphs in real time
  • NBN to each apartment
  • Electric instantaneous hot water units to each apartment
  • Reinforced concrete structure with two levels of underground basement car parking
  • Long-span post-tensioned slabs
  • Full sprinkler protection to basement levels car park
  • 4,000L grease arrestor provided for the commercial tenancies
  • Three 30kL rainwater infiltration tanks which will be located under the basement

Project challenges:

  • Groundwater was relatively shallow and careful consideration was given to minimising the depth of the foundation zone to avoid extensive de-watering
  • Close coordination between the structural and architectural teams allowed for the most efficient design to be adopted with de-watering being required only for localised footings and rafts
  • The site consisted of solid limestone making contiguous piling not necessary where adjacent structures were not being supported. This eliminated the need for a large number of piles which provided savings in both direct cost as well as construction time


  • Winner of Sustainable Architecture Award – 2019 WA Architecture Awards
  • Commendation for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing – 2019 WA Architecture Awards
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