Piara Water Playing Field and Pavilion - Updates

Works are progressing well with construction of the building walls and roof taking shape. The buildings unique design is already generating interest.
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National Association of Building Designer Awards 2017






Fratelle group went to the NABD awards last night at the Brickworks Studio. We were up for 6 awards, we are very excited to have taken home 4 of those awards.

Best Alteration / Addition Commercial Design - The Guildford Hotel
Best New Commercial Design - Prowse Street
Best Heritage Design - The Guildford Hotel
Best Non - Residential Interior Design - The Guildford HotelGui_Hotel_0665


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Smart Women in Built Environment Conference - Singapore

Kylee Schoonens is an international guest speaker and panelist at the Smart Women In Built Environment conference, a part of the BuildTech Asia exhibition, Singapore.

Organised by the Prestressed and Precast Concrete Society, Structural Engineering World Congress and Sphere Exhibits Pty Ltd, the inaugural Skilled, Motivated, Articulate, Resourceful, Transformed – SMART Women in Built Environment conference addresses the current progression and empowerment of women professionals in the built environment sector within the region.

The conference features discussions by leading women professionals from Australia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore as well as female representatives from various Government agencies. It will examine roles, responsibilities, challenges and personal journeys of women professionals in the industry, as well as various national initiatives to empower them to excel in the built environment sector. The event is supported by Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), BCAEngineers Australia and the National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC).

Fratelle Group - Most wins at the 2017 BDAWA Design Awards

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We are very proud to announce that Fratelle Group were awarded 6 BDAWA Design Awards on Saturday night, we took home 5 awards for the restoration of the Guildford Hotel and 1 award for Prowse Street. We are now in the running for the National Design Awards including the highest award, the Design Excellence Award held in Canberra in November 2017. Only a few weeks ago, The Guildford Hotel received a commendation in the Heritage Category at this year's Australian Institute of Architects Western Australia Awards, and also shortlisted for a Heritage Council Award for Conservation and Adaptive Re-use.

The Guildford Hotel - Winner

- Best Commercial Alteration / Addition over $1M

- Best Public Building Design

- Best Heritage Design

- Best Sustainable Design - Commercial

- Best Non Residential Interior Design

Prowse Street - West Perth Offices - Winner

- Best New Commercial Buildings over $2M


Guildford Hotel wins Award


Fratelle Group were awarded a commendation in the Heritage Category at this year's Australian Institute of Architects Western Australia Awards.  Only a few weeks ago, The Guildford Hotel was shortlisted for a Heritage Council Award for Conservation and Adaptive Re-use.  Thanks to our clients, Guildford Activate and Publican Group Australia for your support on the project, to our consultants and the contractor, Ultimo Design and Construct.

Business World Australia - Fratelle Group Article


Check out Fratelle Groups article in the latest BWA Magazine

BWA Magazine


The Embankment - Housing Now Available

Our affordable smart housing designs for ‘The Embankment’ in the Riverhaven Estate in Martin are now available for purchase. The estate is in a beautiful area in close proximity to many national parks and would be ideal for families and those looking for a quieter lifestyle. Have a look at this flythrough video to see the area and houses:

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Cockburn Bowling and Recreation Centre & the Piara Waters Playing Field and Pavilion - Tender

Two of our projects have just hit the tender stage – Cockburn Bowling & Recreation Centre and the Piara Waters Playing Field and Pavilion. It is exciting to see these projects reach these milestones which means that we will see construction in the near future! Have a look at the renders of these projects below to get an idea of what the finished product will be like.

Cockburn Bowling and Recreation Centre:





Piara Waters Playing Field and Pavilion:


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Perth Stadium Site Visit

Recently some of the Fratelle Group team were fortunate enough to go on a tour of the New Perth Stadium in Burswood. It was impressive to see the large structure under construction. Here's a sneak peak of the Stadium: Perth-Stadium-(1) Perth-Stadium-(3) Perth-Stadium-(2)

Property Council's 'Big CBD Projects' Lunch

Fratelle Group joined with Charter Hall to host the Property Council of Australia’s ‘BIG CBD Projects’ lunch this week. It was great to see so many familiar faces and the large range of attendees is always testament to the strength of the property industry of WA. Thanks again to the Property Council for providing the forum through which we can create connections across the industry to work together to see it thrive.

Watch the Property Council's website for more interesting events that are upcoming.


Forrestfield Shopping Centre Completed

Refurbishment works to part of the Forrestfield Shopping Centre have been completed and the shopping centre has been transformed. The outdoor area which includes a nature playground and alfresco area has provided an engaging space for the community to gather. The area (named The Junction) hosted a Mini Food Circus in January, February, and March with circus workshops, face painting, shoot outs with Perth Wildcats players, food trucks, live music and more. And just recently Dome Café which fronts the area has opened up.  Head down to have a look and keep an eye out for future events on the Hawaiian Forrestfield website!


Australian Institute of Architects - Awards Presentation

Mid March saw the presentation of projects to the Australian Institute of Architects at UWA for the Architecture Awards. Kylee presented the Guildford Hotel in the Heritage, Commercial and Interior Architecture categories. 149 projects were entered across all categories so it was a great day for those who attended to see what has been happening over the last year in the architecture industry in Western Australia. If you haven't been down to check out the Hotel for yourself have a look at some photos here:


Yelo Kitchen - Now Open!

Oxford’s street newest addition is the popular Yelo Café which we saw completed for our client early this year. This café conversion fits right into the unique character of Mount Hawthorn and is jam packed with Yelo Café’s usual delicious home made goods. Head down to grab a coffee or a bite and check it out.



Christmas & New Year Closing Period

Fratelle Group will be closing our office from the 22nd of December until the 9th of January for the Christmas & New Year period. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday during this period and look forward to hearing from you in the New Year.


Changes to the DAP system announced

Planning Minister Donna Faragher today announced a number of changes to the Development Assessment Panel (DAP) system.


The WIP Around with Kylee Schoonens - Property Council of Australia


The Property Council sat down with Fratelle Group Director Kylee Schoonens.

See the Full Article here


Exclusive look inside the historic Guildford Hotel reopening




The historic Guildford Hotel, gutted and all but destroyed by fire nearly eight years ago, will officially reopen its doors next Thursday.


To keep up to with news on the Guildford Hotel follow the facebook page below:

Guildford Hotel re-emerges from the ashes eight years after blaze gutted interior


The Guildford Hotel has been a popular local landmark sitting smack-bang in the centre of town for more than 100 years.

"I love old buildings and being able to bring their stories to life," Ms Schoonens said.

"We have had so many great comments and people saying how much they love the building. It's been really heart-warming."

Guildford Hotel restoration architect Kylee Schoonens


Guildford Hotel restoration architect Kylee Schoonens says the community response to the restoration has been heart-warming

First look inside the new Guilford Hotel

After three years of hard work, the Guildford Hotel is nearly complete.  This is a project that has been very special to Fratelle Group, having been engaged for both the base build and fitout of the Hotel.  A project that is steeped in history, both through the built form and the involvement with the community.  We have enjoyed uncovering layers of the past and bringing the “grand Old’ Dame” of Guildford back to life.  The Hotel is due to open in a few short weeks.  Here is a sneek preview at what it looks like.  Thanks to Today Tonight for the story.

Construction commences at Carine Recreation Centre

Construction works have commenced at Carine Recreation Centre, and expected to last the next 10 months.  Works are progressing quickly, and we look forward to finalising the new home of Football, Soccer, Softball, Teeball and Baseball within Carine.  Watch this space for more progress photos!


Australian Institute of Architects - awarded Emerging Architect

Kylee Schoonens has been awarded the 2015 WA Emerging Architect Prize, announced at the Australian Institute of Architects FESTIVUS on November 27th.  Kylee was awarded the prize for her deep involved in the practice of architecture, is fired with infectious enthusiasm, and has a motivated enterprise bent. Apart from her practice, she is an Institute of Architects chapter councillor, an effective advocate for gender equity and for promoting the use of architects.

The Emerging Architect Prize recognises an individual emerging architect or emerging architectural collaboration’s contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement, which advances the profession’s role within the public arena.

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Prefab in WA

Builders Choice Magazine

Are you curious about the prefabricated construction industry in WA? There's been an increasing amount of discussion around this industry and we are seeing some very interesting projects going forward with this alternative method of construction.

Have a look at this issue of Builders Choice Magazine - skip to page 41 and read all about the industry including a mention of our director Adrian Fratelle - also a board director of PrefabAUS! There are some great photos of prefab and modular projects within the article. If you want to know more about PrefabAUS or are aware of any new interesting projects that are prefab or modular feel free to give us a call - we would love to hear from you.

The article can be found here and is an interesting and informative read:

New Associates

Congratulations to Andres, Luis & Marco on their recent promotions to Associate ! It is great to see our staff benefiting from the hard work that they put in on a daily basis.

Andres is our lead design architect and has a great wealth of experience in Multi – Residential projects. Andres has also recently completed a degree and thesis in Urban Design.

Luis is head of our interiors and has recently completed multiple office and retail fitouts and is currently working on the Guildford Hotel among other projects.

Marco has extensive experience with community and retail projects. Amongst other projects, he is currently the lead architect on the Guildford Hotel.

Head to the About Us page of our website to view their profiles or congratulate them on LinkedIn.

Fratelle Group takes on the Amazing Race


The team here at Fratelle Group recently took part in an 'Amazing Race' team building day. Organised by 'Achieving Synergy', we were split into three teams and taken to the heart of the Perth CBD where we set off in a race against each other. Work was completely forgotten the instant the race started and the team bonding began as we united towards the common goal of winning the Amazing Race. The afternoon was spent running all over Perth decrypting clues, finding spies, landmarks and undergoing team challenges all in a race against the clock.

Competing neck and neck with the other teams definitely brought out the competitive spirit in all and made for some very funny scenes. All in all it was an adrenaline and laughter filled day. Here's a small peak at some of the things the teams got up to... we don't want to spoil the surprises if you want to do your own Amazing Race - we highly recommend it !


Construct15: Adrian Presents...

Construct15 - Global Knowledge, Global Solutions, a conference on advances in construction practices, innovative technologies and first class research is being held in Perth next week - and Adrian is speaking.

Adrian will be presenting on behalf of PrefabAUS about the prefabrication and modular industry within Australia.

Come along and watch Adrian's presentation along with many other knowledgeable and interesting speakers from developers, architects, researchers, professors, BIM experts, lean construction experts, planners, and a range of presentations, workshops and panels that cover more topics than you can imagine.

To read more here:

To book tickets click on the link below:

PrefabAUS: Perth Sundowner on July 16

On the back of a successful east coast presentation series by Amy Marks, come along to Perth's PrefabAUS Sundowner on Thursday 16th July to discover how Australia’s growing off-site construction sector must change to keep up with an increasingly global industry.

PrefabAUS, industry leader in Australia, will host a sundowner featuring a screening of US XSite Modular President Amy Marks’ lecture series presentation with time for questions and a discussion afterwards. The event is kindly sponsored by Alto Modular and will be followed by networking, drinks and canapes at the Northbridge Brewery.

An internationally renowned expert speaker, Amy will draw on her extensive experience in the overseas prefab market to inform, educate and inspire. She is the president and owner of consulting firm XSite Modular which focuses on enabling and optimizing the use of off-site and prefabrication in many applications, including large, complex, technology-embedded buildings from single dwellings to government buildings, hotels, healthcare buildings and data centres. Amy will outline where prefabrication is leading the way and identify the critical drivers for change in each area.

Discuss prefabricated building technology, the most exciting and innovative movement within Australia’s building industry, with other prefabAUS members - manufacturers, suppliers, architects, engineers, research bodies and client groups from across WA.

Watch a short presentation, network and learn from:

Amy Marks, XSite Director, member of Singapore Government's Building Construction Authority
Professor Peter Newman, Curtin University – Author of ‘New horizons for sustainable manufacturing’ Professor of Sustainability, Director of Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, Board Director of PrefabAUS
Adrian Fratelle, Director at Fratelle Group – Board Director of PrefabAUS

Thursday 16th July, 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Northbridge Piazza Community Building for Amy Marks Presentation,
Northbridge Brewery for networking, drinks and canapes afterwards.

To book tickets click on the link below:
Or for more information on prefabAUS follow the link below:

Kylee's Q&A with the PCA

Kylee recently sat down for a Q&A for the WA Property Council of Australia. It's a great article - if you receive the PCA Newsletters you would have seen it otherwise check it out below:

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Guildford Hotel Roof Complete

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Last night the very exciting Topping Out ceremony was held for the Guildford Hotel to celebrate the completion of the roof! It was a fantastic evening and very exciting to see such impressive progress on the hotel. It was great crowd of a variety of people coming together, including the owner, Luke Martino, MLC Alyssa Hayden, local council members, the project team and some local community members to celebrate this milestone.

Have a read up about it here:

To keep up to with news on the Guildford Hotel follow the facebook page below:

Q&A with Kylee


Kylee recently participated in a Q&A about creativity, inspiration and architectural trends. Here's how it went....

How would you describe your architectural style?

“My style is diverse, and this is reflected in the fact that we have so many types of projects that we work on [at Fratelle Group]. Each project doesn’t adhere to the same style every time. We make it specific to suit the project. So I guess it’s not so much a style, but an inspiration we take for each project from an idea or the client brief that informs our approach to that particular design.

For example, at the moment we are working on a number of projects that are quite contemporary, including office buildings, recreation and retail centres, and multi-residential units. But we are also designing a number of heritage projects, such as the Guildford Hotel, which needed to be quite sympathetic to the style of the era.  Our aged care work needs to be driven by function of the building, rather following than a singular design concept. And finally, we are designing urban projects such as a bridge, which is super modern with lots of flowing lines, brightly coloured and is very different to any of our other projects.

Each design approach responds differently to our client’s brief and the context of the project, but having a strong story for each project from the project outset is very important, and carrying this through the design to completion. There is not one single style that I find is continuous through every project at Fratelle.”


How would you say your architectural style and focus evolved over your career?

"I think my design style has become more refined after being exposed to different projects and knowing what works and what doesn’t. Also trying to push the boundaries of design with projects is not something I have really shied away from, therefore we really challenge our ideas.

I think it’s important to test ideas and test the boundaries of architecture through your designs. But also ensuring projects are buildable and cost effective because at the end of the day you can come up with the most amazing, fantastic looking design but it is no good to anyone if you can’t afford to build it."


How do you approach each project creatively?

"It’s very much a collaborative team approach at Fratelle Group. In terms of our creative methodology we start with getting into the head of our client to create a really robust brief. We do spend the time trying to understand their drive for the project and how they will interact with the space for the long term, not just how many rooms they need and how big they need the building to be. The outcomes they want to achieve, the experience they want to have in the space is all important to us to gain the best understanding for the project. Its more than just about the construction of the building, it’s about how they will interact within the space into the future.

This is actually a really fun process, workshopping ideas with our team and allowing those creative juices to flow. “


What are the characteristics of great architecture?

"To me great architecture doesn’t have to be obvious or iconic. You walk into a space and it just feels right. A space feels right if it is designed correctly and the trick is being able to capture this from an initial idea, and staying true to that idea to completion of the building.

Sometimes it’s something you can’t explain and you don’t have to - because you just walk in and the space is light and airy, it feels well resolved and it provides moments within the space. So yes, good design it’s not excessive…it’s not gaudy and it’s not in your face…

And that’s the thing, because there are so many different styles of design, not just in architecture that I appreciate. I think high quality finish is always important. You can always tell if something is good quality. You always know.”


What are the key trends for 2015?

"In Australia we have so many amazing materials being brought to market, so to me it’s about exploring new materials and allowing these materials speak for themselves. Not trying to cover them up with lots of extra bits. So raw natural materials within buildings I feel will be a design trend.

I think the increase of digital resources available to the profession is allowing us to also test new materials and design concepts in ways that haven’t been possible in the past. Computer aided modelling is allowing us to further test the limits of design, and with the increase in virtual modelling, it is becoming easier for us to explain our ideas to our clients, and model concepts in their built environment further than ever before.

Another key trend would be sustainability. Whilst this is not a new “trend” more a necessity in design, every year sustainability in design is becoming more and more important as we are becoming increasingly conscious as a society of the long term impact we are having on the environment. At Fratelle we often look towards carbon neutral or reduced impact carbon footprint being intrinsic to our designs for projects if the budget allows, rather than just tacking products that reduce water or power consumption onto the outside of a building. A passive approach to sustainability is always a preferred option, allowing patrons to use the space as they intend without needing a master’s degree to operate a building effectively.

Excluding these, I don’t feel like I stick to ‘trends’ in architecture, certainly when it comes to design fads. A trend to me is something that comes and goes quickly and architectural buildings are here for a long time, that long outlast current trends – architecture needs to be timeless.

That’s not to say that the built form and the spaces we design aren’t contemporary or ‘now’ but its not something I would look at as a pure driver of our designs….You don’t want people to look at a building in 20 years’ time and say ‘oh that’s from 2015’."

No Apartment Oversupply in Perth

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An article in today's West Australian on property economist Urbis has dismissed claims that Perth is facing a looming apartment oversupply. Urbis is confident that with increased house prices, land shortage, and shifting demographics, the densification of our city is gaining traction. They cite factors such as off-the-plan sales for the misunderstanding of apartment supply and demand levels. A survey of 79 active apartment projects found that 68% had been sold and most projects were sold out or very close by the time they were finished. However in 2014 only 17% of dwelling approvals were for apartments.

We see increased apartment supply as benefiting our population and that reports similar to the one from Urbis are positive news for our city.

Click the image above to read the article. 

Kylee is on the WA Chapter Council for the AIA

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2015 is proving to be a very busy and exciting year. Kylee has been announced as a new WA Chapter Council member for the Australian Institute of Architects for a two year term. The Chapter Council is responsible for managing the AIA’s business in WA and this is a great privilege for Kylee. It is fantastic for Fratelle Group to be involved with the AIA in this way – this provides Kylee with increased opportunity to advocate for architecture in WA.

Kylee - WA Architecture Awards Urban Design Jury Member

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Kylee has been selected to be a jury member for the Urban Design Committee for the 2015 WA Architecture Awards, following on from her role as Chair for the 2014 Awards Commercial Committee jury. The presentation to the juries is held on Saturday the 21st of March at the University of Western Australia’s ALVA Campus in Nedlands and is open to the public. Come along to listen to presentations on great design – you may see Kylee or some of the team there! Or come down to see one of our projects - we have entered our Balcatta Office & Industrial Development into the Commercial category of these awards.

For more information on the awards view them here:

Property Council Committee Selections for both Kylee & Adrian.


Exciting news for both Adrian & Kylee from the Property Council.

Adrian has been selected to the Property Council’s WA Residential Committee for a two year term. This committee addresses legislative, social & economic issues affecting high density residential development in WA. It identifies networking, advocacy & research needs in the residential sector & coordinates events, products & services.

Kylee has been renominated to the Property Council's WA Commercial Property Committee for a two year term. This committee focuses on major legislative and economic issues that impact on the development, ownership and management of property as an asset class.

You can see the full committee list of members here:

NAWIC Sundowner - all welcome !

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As members of NAWIC – the National Association of Women In Construction, Fratelle Group welcome you to join us at The Standard at 5:30pm next Wednesday 18th February for a Sundowner.

This should be a great event to socialise, show some support for NAWIC and find out more about what NAWIC does – everyone is welcome - men and women ! Please refer to the invitation for more details.

Perth – “Go up or go bust!”

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Planning Experts are pushing Perth to "Go up or go bust". There is an increasing demand for residences with our rising population, but Perth is failing to keep up with adequate apartment development. Despite new developments, only 25% of new homes in Perth are apartments compared to 70% in Sydney. Watch the video for more information…

Guildford Hotel (rear development) - Scheme Amendment is initiated

We are delighted with the outcome from the City of Swan's Council meeting on Wednesday December 17 2014, initiating the Scheme Amendment for the mixed use development to the rear of the Guildford Hotel.   Fratelle Group, along with our consultant team will now continue our community consultation throughout the advertising period to ensure the best outcome for the project.  We look forward to progressing this project in 2015 and to continue the restoration of the Guildford Hotel.

Guildford Hotel plans approved

You can read more on the link -



Kylee Interviews at RTRFM - Design Matters Show

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Recently Kylee was interviewed on the radio station RTR FM for their "Design Matters" show. This show is run fortnightly by RTR FM to look at Perth designers and what they're doing locally and beyond. Kylee chats about design, architecture, Perth, touching on recent projects and women in the construction industry. Check out what she has to say by clicking on the audio link below:


Guildford Hotel 3D Scan and Model


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We are employing the most advanced technology to document the changes to the historic Guildford Hotel. Working with BCE Surveyors, we have 3D scanned the whole building and are now using this in our BIM modelling software to provide real-time 3D documentation for the project. This is just the start of the change to the Hotel. Watch this impressive video below to see the 3D model:

Guildford Hotel Grant Awarded


Fantastic news for the Guildford Hotel - the Heritage Minister has approved a grant for $100,000 towards reconstructing the hotel's belvedere. It's exciting to see such support for this project from the State Heritage Office. Hopefully this assists with the speed of the project - the pressure is now on to ensure we meet the time frames to reopen the Guildford Hotel.

Heritage Council of WA approves roof for Guildford Hotel restoration

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An artist's impression of what the restored Guildford Hotel would look like. Photo: Supplied

The first major restoration works to the Guildford Hotel could soon begin, after the Heritage Council of Western Australia signed off on the next stage of plans.

A tip-off to Radio 6PR's Breakfast show's Rumour File late last week suggested the hotel, which was gutted by fire in 2008, would soon have a roof again.

"Roof cover for the Guildford Hotel is imminent. Heritage Council just approved plans for a permanent cover structure," the message read.

The interior of the Guildford Hotel is increasingly in a state of disrepair.The interior of the Guildford Hotel is increasingly in a state of disrepair.

That tip-off was confirmed on Wednesday, with news the Heritage Council had given its approval.

"The Heritage Council supports the partial re-roofing of the Guildford Hotel as it is consistent with the original roof form and will be a positive outcome for the place," State Heritage Office executive director Graeme Gammie said.

"The City of Swan is the decision making authority who will give approval for the works."

The Guildford Hotel has not been open since a fire in 2008.The Guildford Hotel has not been open since a fire in 2008.

Project architect Kylee Schoonens said an amended development application was submitted to the City of Swan earlier this month, and that a decision was expected in coming weeks.

"The installation of the roof will help to tie the building together structurally and protect it from the elements," she said.

In another win for the hotel, a grant of $100,000 was awarded by the State Government on Wednesday. The funds will be used to reconstruct the building's belvedere.

timeline of works for the restoration was released by hotel owners last month. Debris and graffiti have already been cleared from the historic site.

Hotel owner Luke Martino said he was "delighted" with the progress to date.

"The next steps, of course, are critical to determine the economic viability of the site as a whole. We are working hard to ensure we continue on as we have begun," he said.

The Publican Group, which runs a number of Perth venues, including The Aviary, signed an agreement to lease the site in June with a view to re-establishing the hotel.


Kylee Guest Speaking at AIPM & YEPP Info & Networking Event


On October the 16th the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), and Young & Emerging Project Professionals (YEPP) are holding a networking and information event on "Creating Work Success".

Kylee has been invited to speak at this event which is aimed at providing guidance to young professionals on how to manoeuvre the challenges and opportunities of professional life to achieve success. If you are interested in attending additional information and ticket purchase can be found on the AIPM website here:

Abseil for PMH

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Fratelle Group has accepted the challenge of participating in the 2014 Abseil for PMH! The event is a fundraising activity in which participants get to abseil down the 125 metre high Woodside Plaza building in Perth’s CBD – as long as you fundraise the minimum amount for the children at Princess Margaret Hospital. We have assembled a team of 4 brave participants to take on the challenge to help PMH support WA’s most vulnerable children.

This year the money raised will go towards helping doctors determine how to accurately administer medication dosage to children via ventilation machines. Come down on the 31st of October to check out the adventure or donate to the Fratelle Team to help support the children at PMH.

For more information or to donate to the Fratelle Team follow the link below:

Kylee Guest Speaking for "Little Girl Big Dream" Masterclass

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Kylee Schoonens has been invited to be a guest speaker and facilitator at the “Little Girl Big Dream” Masterclass at the beginning of October. This is an impressive event held for a small number of high calibre young professional women to give advice and teach them how to navigate the professional world to attain their goals. Throughout the event Kylee will be speaking alongside Lisa Scaffidi, the Lord Mayor of Perth and participating in workshops with the women where the two of them will facilitate these workshops with the masterclass participants. Kylee and Lisa will both share their experience and knowledge on the day, drawing from their personal experiences to help young professional women grow and succeed in their careers!  For more information or to purchase a ticket head over to this website:

NAWIC Panel Discussion a Big Success


Last night, September 11th the National Association of Women in Construction hosted a panel discussion on “Building Blocks for the Future: extending the life of Perth’s Construction Boom” followed by networking drinks. Kylee participated as moderator of this event and the evening was a hit!   Jenny and Kylee are also both co-chair for the Event Committee and worked hard to make this event a success.

With guest speakers Dale Alcock, Jemma Green, Gail McGowan, & Robert Wallwork all giving their own insight into Perth’s construction industry, where it is going and how we can shape this – the dialogue was stimulating and covered everything from the rise in construction costs, to transport issues, urban sprawl and new construction technologies such as prefabrication.

NAWIC holds events throughout the year, for more information on NAWIC head here:

The Guildford Hotel - Revitalisation Begins.


The revitalisation of The Guildford Hotel is once again underway.

With the recent acquisition of new tenants ‘The Publican Group’ and new Architects ‘Fratelle Group’ engaged, together with Heritage Consultants and Town Planners ‘TPG’ and Heritage Structural Engineers, Airey Taylor Consulting, momentum is building and the first stage of works are underway.

One of the most visible improvements to the building’s facade has been the removal of the graffiti from the building facade. Described as a “small victory for the community” by head architect on the project Steve Irvine from Fratelle Group.

“And, the site has been secured and made safe by ‘Ultimo Constructions', ahead of the next phase of the hotel refurbishment" says Irvine. “The removal of signage and debris from the hoarding was removed from site.” And, the iconic socks put there by passionate local residents have also been removed, but their relevance won’t be forgotten.”he says.

Director of architecture firm Fratelle Group’s Kylee Schoonens adds, “We have taken professional photography of the Hotel, including features such as street art inside the building, and even the protest and we hope to represent this artistically in some way in the completed project. We see this stage of dereliction, although not ideal, as another stage of its history and a powerful message from the community for their love of this building."

And now with the site secure, the new and passionate team can focus on the further rejuvenation of the site, such as cleaning up the site and installing a new permanent roof to further protect the building.

"From here, we just want to take one small step at a time’ says owner Luke Martino. "We are conscious of the community’s passion and investment in this iconic project, and we are working hard to have the Great Old Dame rebuilt."

Key Facts and Figures

Minor Urgent Works on the building have recently been completed.

21 Aug 2014: Urgent Minor works completed as follows;
• Removal of foreign material from site fences and gantry
• Removal of foreign signage from site fences and gantry • Secured the perimeter fence
• Remedied leaking mains supply
• Make building secure - Changed padlocks to single key system for gate and storage sheds

23 Aug 2014: Removal of graffiti completed

Coming Up
12 Sept 2014: Heritage Council committee meeting to review approvals for further pre-enabling works including a permanent roof structure to protect the building.
19 Sept 2014 (TBC): The leveling and clean of back of site. Date TBC.

The ‘new’ physical model

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Check out this video of the 'new' physical model.

At Fratelle Group, we are always looking to incorporate the latest technological innovations, to better present our ideas to our clients. With the widespread use of 3d modelling, physical models are now rarely used. However, nothing presents an idea better than a physical model. This is why we are very excited about the ‘’new future physical model’’.

Adrian Elected to PrefabAUS Board of Directors

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PrefabAUS hosted its inaugural conference in Melbourne this week. With attendees and speakers from around Australia and the world in attendance – it was a great success. The conference highlighted the largely untapped potential that this industry holds for the construction industry in Australia.

After the conference the annual AGM was conducted and new board directors were appointed. Fratelle Group is proud to announce that our own director Adrian Fratelle was nominated and accepted onto the board. "I'm proud to be accepted onto the board to what is an important part of the future of Australia's construction industry. Prefabrication of building components and even complete buildings off site reduces construction time and raises the quality of construction. It reduces waste, is safer for workers and has far less impact on the community and our environment. Prefabrication is not here to replace traditional construction but sit alongside, providing an exciting alternative".

The inaugural conference was a great success with developers, builders, architects, manufacturers and prefabrication companies all attending, providing some stimulating conversation on the future of our country's construction industry.

Perth will host PrefabAUS events in the coming year. For more information on upcoming events and membership, please head to the PrefabAUS website:

Property Council Retail Breakfast

Kylee was one of the panellists at the Property Council Retail Breakfast yesterday, with Lease Equity's Jim Tsagalis, AMP Capital's Scott Nugent and Charter Hall's Keatings. Over 300 of Perth's retail property professionals listened to us speak about the future of WA's changing face of retail. Here is some coverage of the event -

Architecture & Design - In Profile Feature

Leading on from Kylee's 40under40 award, she has been profiled by Architecture & Design Newsletter in their latest feature released today.  You can read the story here:


Guardian Express Article

On the 8th April, Kylee Schoonens was interviewed by the Guardian Express as one of WA's leading business women and on Fratelle Group’s growth and success.


Business News write up

Kylee was featured in this week's Business News 40 under 40 awards wrap up.  Congratulations again to all of the winners!

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Kings Park Link Bridge

Fratelle Group recently won a design competition to design a proposed new pedestrian bridge that will link the Perth Children's Hospital and Kings Park . The bridge, which is a unique, highly colourful steel bridge reminiscent of a giant rainbow serpent that twists and turns out of the tree canopy of Kings Park and across the road into Hospital's Northern Green Space will span Winthrop Avenue and essentially join the QEII Medical Centre site in Nedlands with Kings Park and the Synergy Parklands. We are excited to be working with the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation on this project.To see more of this project, click here.

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Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation - Bear by Night Ball

The Bear by Night Ball was held on Saturday March 22nd in the spectacular grounds of Government House.  This year the ball was a Downton Abbey-inspired theme, a wonderful evening that was spent raising money to purchase ventilators needed by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Princess Margaret Hospital.

Fratelle Group was proud to sponsor this event and to provide our support to this very important cause.



NAWIC (WA) Awards for Excellence 2014

Held in the charismatic venue of an old Fremantle Prison workshop, the National Association of Women in Construction (WA) Awards for Excellence took place on the evening of Thursday 20th March. A number of Fratelle Group staff attended, including Director Kylee Schoonens who is also the Events Co-Chair on the NAWIC Committee.

It was fantastic to see some of the talented women currently involved in the construction industry in WA, and inspiring to hear co-patron of the night The Hon. Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi speak of the challenges and opportunities that today’s women face in a professional role.

A big congratulations go to all of the evening’s winners, especially painter Emma Bain the winner of the night’s big award, the Western Australia Crystal Vision award, which recognises and celebrates the achievements of an exceptional woman within the construction industry, who with vision and commitment, has not only forged her own career, but has also promoted and encouraged the development of other women within the industry and in doing so, has provided a significant contribution to the industry as a whole.

A big thank you to the organizing committee for putting on yet another great event, and also to Austral Bricks and European Ceramics for helping us their generous donations of prizes including a night at Crown and an iPad respectively, along with all of the other sponsors.

For more information on winners and events visit the NAWIC (WA) Chapter Website.

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Congratulations to Kylee Schoonens – 2014 40under40 Award Winner

Fratelle Group are very proud to announce that Director Kylee Schoonens, was named a WA Business News 40under40 Award winner at the 2014 awards ceremony held in Perth last night.

Now in its 13th year, the awards program recognises and celebrates WA’s 40 leading business entrepreneurs under 40 years of age. Kylee was awarded for her unwavering client and industry focus, diligent work ethic as well as contributions to WA business and local communities.

Kylee has helped build Fratelle Group into a successful architectural firm in just four years, attracting key clients across the architectural and construction sectors.

“I am honoured to be recognized for my success throughout my career as well as a business leader in my field”, says Kylee, “I feel privileged to be in a position where I can help to raise the profile of women in this industry and to be a part of the development of WA”.

Over the years the 40under40 initiative has discovered many young leaders. Kylee is happy to not only be recognized for her success, but also to be placed amongst some of the state’s brightest entrepreneurs who have demonstrated a commitment to building a prosperous business in WA.

We are so thrilled to have such a high achiever as part of our team, here at Fratelle Group. Congrats Kylee!

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NAWIC International Womens Day

On Friday 7th March (International Women’s Day), several Fratelle Group team members attended a networking function organised by The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), The Australian Institute of Project Management, and the Water Corporation at Mt Eliza House in Kings Park.

A delightful location, this garden cocktail party - attended by Hon Alannah MacTiernan MP, and Hon Liza Harvey MLA - celebrated the contribution and involvement of women across various industry groups relating to construction and development.

It was a fantastic opportunity to meet other like-minded professionals and mingle with some of Western Australia’s most inspiring leaders.

The next organised NAWIC function is the NAWIC Awards for Excellence on Thursday 20th March.

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New interconnection smoke alarm regulations for WA

The Building Commission's Smoke alarm laws fact sheet now provides information on a new interconnection requirement for mains-powered residential smoke alarms.

The new interconnection requirement affects:

  • people involved in transferring ownership of their homes
  • lessors (landlords) renting or hiring their homes
  • people involved in the installation of smoke alarms such as electricians and builders
  • architects, building designers and building surveyors
  • local governments
  • real estate agents and settlement agents

The Building Regulations 2012 require owners to have compliant smoke alarms installed in dwellings subject to sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire. The Regulations require the smoke alarms to be in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) applicable at the time of installation of the alarms.

From 1 May 2014, the BCA will require the interconnection of smoke alarms where more than one alarm is required to be installed.

This nationally driven requirement has been introduced to increase the likelihood of sleeping occupants becoming aware of the dangers of smoke in another part of the dwelling.

Owners required to have more than one smoke alarm installed in dwellings subject to sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire may be affected by this new requirement.

More information can be found on the Building Commission fact sheet

Balcatta Site Visit

Recently the Fratelle Group team visited one of our current projects on site - the Office/Warehouse/Laboratory currently under construction on the corner of Balcatta Road and Natalie Way.

As the project is nearing its completion, it was an opportunity for everyone in our office to see something that many of us have had a hand in at some point, becoming a reality, and great experience to see how things are done on site.

Check out the photos and stay tuned for news on completion!

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40 under 40 awards - People's Choice Awards

Voting has now opened for the WA Business News 40 under 40 - People's Choice Awards.  Please follow the link, and vote for Kylee!  It would be great to get over the line with this - thanks for your support.

40 under 40 awards nomination

We are proud to announce that our Director Kylee Schoonens has been nominated for the Business News 40 under 40 awards.  This is a prestigious award and Kylee feels honoured to be nominated  amongst some of WA's best business achievers.

"The awards recognise not only personal determination and commercial drive, but also the philanthropic pursuits that balance these young individuals’ professional achievements."

The judging process is now under way voting will open on the website soon and the winners announced in March 2014.  We will keep you posted on her progress.

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Open House Perth - only 4 weeks to go!

With just 4 weeks until Open House Perth, we’re excited about our studio being one of the Saturday destinations you can visit, so be sure to include us in your itinerary!

Northbridge will be abuzz on the 2nd November as it’s also Pride Day and Day of Dead – so join us in celebrating what the local area has to offer.


We’re on the Open House Perth destination list online!!

Baker Street property - for sale!

Our award winning Baker Street property is on the market!  Get your hands on a great piece of architecture.  Adrian was interviewed discussing the property, view it on the link below.

2013 Architecture Awards - wrap-up

The 2013 WA Architecture Awards, held last night at the Concert Hall was overall a great night.  Whilst here at Fratelle we didn't receive the award for the evening, we did receive a commendation for our Baker Street property in Fremantle.  Congratulations to all of the winners, in particular to the Perth Arena for winning the George Temple Poole Award (the highest award of the evening).

The whole team came along to the evening and we all had a great night!  A different format from previous years, this year the evening was a sit down presentation, followed by a cocktail party.

Here are some photos of some of the team from the evening.  We have already pencilled in the night for next year's awards.

WA Architecture Award Week

It's the week where the best of the best are named in the 2013 WA Architecture Awards.  The exhibition of the finalists for each category are being displayed this week in QV1.  Fratelle Group is a finalist in the Heritage Awards for our Fremantle cottage.  We are up against some of the heavyweights of Perth, such as the newly completed Brookfield Place and the new WA Ballet Headquarters.  But we aren't concerned - we took out a similar award in 2011, beating the WA State Theatre in the Lighting Award.

Come and check out the awards exhibition all this week.  The winners are announced this Friday at Perth Concert Hall.  Stay tuned for the winners.


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Bindoon Bakehaus - hot on the press!


Did you know that one of our projects, the Bindoon Bakehaus, that has been the recipient of multiple awards has been published in Scoop Magazine? We are loving the write up - have a look at it here.

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