Tradewinds of change

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Denise S. Cahill

AS a child, Gar­rett Pren­diville, of North Fre­man­tle, was handed a sledge­ham­mer and told to “de­stroy the room” at the Tradewinds Ho­tel.

That was the last time the East Fre­man­tle ho­tel was ren­o­vated – un­til now.

“It was bloody good fun,” Mr Pren­diville said.

“I grew up in this ho­tel. When we had the Tradewinds3 charter boat, I was deck­hand and served peo­ple food.”

THE Pren­diville Group has re­cently fin­ished a two-year re­fur­bish­ment of the Tradewinds Ho­tel, which it has owned for more than 30 years, that started by test­ing two pro­to­type rooms on cus­tomers.

Gar­rett Pren­diville said cus­tomers, in­clud­ing chil­dren, put the rooms to the test to ul­ti­mately cre­ate re­lax­ing and calm spa­ces that were “beau­ti­ful, time­less and el­e­gant”.

The Group, which re­cently bought The Bris­bane Ho­tel, used a sim­i­lar method to ren­o­vate the Man­grove Ho­tel in Broome and avoided clos­ing the busi­nesses dur­ing the up­grades but a dif­fer­ent ap­proach was taken with the Cottesloe Beach Ho­tel in the early 2000s.

“We had is­sues with glass­ings and with neigh­bours so we de­cided to shut down the Sun­day ses­sions and back beer gar­den for two years to re­set the pub­lic per­cep­tion,” Mr Pren­diville said.

“It had to be done, so we gave it ev­ery chance.

“That’s what we are hop­ing for the Tradewinds.

“Peo­ple re­mem­ber the Tradewinds Sun­day ses­sions but most peo­ple say they haven’t been here in ages.

“We want to pro­vide a venue peo­ple can re­con­nect with and have that nos­tal­gic ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The Pren­diville Group ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor only joined the fam­ily com­pany in 2012, cut­ting his teeth in the ho­tel in­dus­try in Syd­ney.

Mr Pren­diville is now work­ing on plans for a new re­sort at Rot­tnest Is­land, next door to the Pren­diville Group-owned Rot­tnest Ho­tel.

Four ar­chi­tects have submitted plans for the 11,000sq m site but Mr Pren­diville ad­mits that it will be a tough process.

“We’re very con­scious of the fact that mul­ti­ple peo­ple who are very ca­pa­ble have failed (at de­vel­op­ments on Rot­tnest Is­land),” he said.

“We want to get mov­ing quickly… the build time won’t be long be­cause we’ll man­u­fac­ture the main struc­ture on the main­land.”

Mr Pren­diville said the Group was work­ing on her­itage and en­vi­ron­men­tal plans but the re­cent amal­ga­ma­tion of State Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments was “po­ten­tially tricky”.

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Gar­rett Pren­diville on the rooftop of the re­fur­bished Tradewinds Ho­tel.

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Gar­rett Pren­diville on the rooftop of the re­fur­bished Tradewinds Ho­tel.

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