View of Fremantle and the harbour - Reg Lambert (c1939) Source
Fremantle Artillery Barracks, Skip Watkins (1985) Source
Army vehicles parked outside the Fremantle Artillery Barracks, Skip Watkins (1990) Source

Fremantle Artillery Barracks

Western Australia
Heritage assessment and conservation plan

Griffiths Architects were engaged by ADF to prepare a heritage assessment and conservation plan of the place. Subsequently it was included in the State Register and the Commonwealth Heritage List. Our work has involved interaction with the State and Commonwealth for these stages. In collaboration with the State Heritage Office and the City of Fremantle, we developed some site interpretation prior to its subdivision, as a condition of approval. The installation of this work was completed and has proved to be robust and practical.

More recently, Griffiths Architects were engaged by Defence Housing Australia to determine the options available for the conservation, adaptation and development of the Married Quarters Precinct of the Fremantle Artillery Barracks with particular regard to the effects on the site’s heritage significance. We also examined some options for increasing the density of housing on this part of the site.

Subsequently, we were engaged to complete the design and obtain approvals for the conservation and adaptation of the 10 cottages and the addition of six further cottages.
The approved work then became the subject of a design and construct contract for implementation.


Fremantle Artillery Barracks were built to designs by the PWD architect Hillson Beasley. The whole complex was included in the State Register in 1997 and the Commonwealth Heritage List hereafter.