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OLD AND NEW AT FREMANTLE’S KINGS SQUARE

 

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The demolition of the Fremantle council buildings at Kings Square continues. It looks pretty impressive with the new buildings rising behind it.

Great to see that the eastern wall of the Townhall has been well preserved.

Roel Loopers

SPARE ME THE KINGS SQUARE SPIN

 

While I am always happy to be corrected when I am wrong in fact, and happy to correct mistakes I make on this blog, I am not impressed to be told by the City of Fremantle that I am wrong on the timeline for the Kings Square Redevelopment Project and that the City supposedly had been consistent in saying completion would be in 2020.

I got the articles below on Google from different sources, which confirms that what I published this morning is correct and that the City of Fremantle and Sirona Capital have stated that the project would be completed by the end of 2019.

Here some samples of publications about it:

Sirona Capital has appointed Australian tier-one contractor Probuild to deliver the Kings Square Fremantle project.

The $220 million Kings Square Fremantle project will deliver 25,800sqm of new commercial office and retail space to Fremantle’s CBD plus a new $50m administration and civic centre for the City of Fremantle.

Construction is expected to commence in August 2017 with completion due mid-2019.

And

Construction of the entire renewal project is expected to be completed in late 2019.

and more

The Kings Square revitalisation is the largest public-private infrastructure project in Fremantle’s history. It has been in motion for past six years, following Sirona’s acquisition of the Myer building in 2011. There is much excitement surrounding the project as it is expected to provide a much-needed boost to the local economy.

Construction is expected to be complete in late 2019.

and

On completion, more than 2000 people will be working in Kings Square, representing a 13% boost in the number of workers in the Fremantle city centre. This will include more than 1500 State Government employees who will relocate to Kings Square Fremantle from early 2020, following fit-out.

Construction of Kings Square Fremantle is expected to be completed in late 2019. State Government agencies will commence occupancy from early 2020.

 

I am happy to correct any mistakes I make, City of Fremantle, but please spare me the spin!

 

A pretty pissed off Roel Loopers

WHY THE FREO CIVIC CENTRE DELAY?

 

Anyone who reads this blog knows that I am a supporter of the Fremantle Kings Square Redevelopment Project, so I am reluctant to post an article that can be perceived as being negative, but I was surprised to hear at a traders information meeting at the Federal Hotel last evening that the completion of the new civic centre building is now estimated to be the first half of 2020.

I am very certain that from the start we were told that the Sirona Capital redevelopment of the former Myer and Queensgate buildings and the City of Fremantle civic centre would be coordinated and finish at the same time, because the civic centre is a smaller building that would require less time to be built. So what then is the reason for a six months delay when the whole project was due to be finished by the end of 2019, and why has the City of Fremantle not been transparent about this? I am personally disappointed about the delay and the lack of transparency.

The second council building at Newman Court will be demolished by the end of October and a special council meeting is scheduled for October 31 to approve a tender to build the new civic centre. That special council meeting was scheduled some weeks ago but then cancelled, and we don’t know why that was either. PLEASE communicate CoF. Transparency is the enemy of conspiracy!

It will take about 12 months to prepare a replacement mature Moreton Bay fig tree for the Christmas tree and it might have to be lowered from a helicopter. Now that would be exciting!

There will be a big radio campaign for Christmas Support Freo Now! and the Queensgate carpark will open three levels and 470 car bays by the end of October.

Nightwork-till midnight-will have to be done on the former Myer building to put structural steel in to support the new additional level. This is done to have less impact on local traders during the daytime.

Roel Loopers

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN FREO CIVIC CENTRE

 

 

The City of Fremantle civic centre building at Kings Square is almost gone, but the bigger one at William Street and Newman Court will still have to be demolished next.

At the new building on the former Queensgate site only one more floor needs to be added until we can see the moderate five-storey height of the building.

Here some progress photos I took at around 4pm on Wednesday.

Roel Loopers

FREO WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN

 

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There was excitement but also a tinge of sadness and nostalgia when the demolition of the City of Fremantle’s civic centre at Kings Square started this morning.

Deputy-and acting- Mayor Ingrid Waltham came to have a look, as did CEO Phil StJohn and other council staff.

The DELTA Demolition Group is doing an excellent job, so if you happen to be in the area go and have a look as Freo’s future is being built!

Roel Loopers

HISTORIC FREO CIVIC CENTRE DEMOLITION

 

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It is a historic day for Fremantle with the civic centre being demolished today.

Here the before photo I took yesterday morning, and in a few hours I’ll show you what it looks like after the walls came tumbling down.

For me the anticipation of what is to come at Kings Square is like a child waiting for its Christmas presents. I am excited!

Roel Loopers

 

FREO’S CIVIC CENTRE DEVELOPMENT PROGRESS

 

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Some more photos of what it looked like at Fremantle’s Kings Square on Wednesday morning.

The demolition team is very carefully removing the building parts that are touching the heritage listed Townhall, so that no damage will occur to the old building.

The back steps that used to be the entrance to the council chambers have already been demolished.

Behind it the Queensgate carpark building is almost ready to be reopened with a few last touches to be done before shoppers can park their cars their again.

Just over a year to go until the Kings Square Redevelopment Project will be finished!

Roel Loopers

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QUEENSGATE CARPARK REOPENS THIS MONTH

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, Kings Square Redevelopment Project, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 2, 2018

 

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Very good news for Fremantle inner city traders and motorists! The reopening of Queensgate car park is on track for later this month.

Up to 500 bays will be available with some further work required until the entire carpark is reopened.

Roel Loopers

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ALL STOPS GO FOR FREO’S KINGS SQUARE

 

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It won’t be long now until the old City of Fremantle civic centre will be demolished, with workers starting on the exterior at Kings Square this morning, while most of the roof and back wall are already demolished.

On the former Myer building they are in the process of adding another floor, so it is all stops go for the Freo Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

Roel Loopers

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THE SOCIETY ALWAYS KNOWS BETTER

 

In his latest communication with its members Fremantle Society president John Dowson laments the vitriolic and nasty comments on social media platform Fremantle Massive and blames Fremantle’s leadership for the divided Fremantle community.

JD, who has returned to Fremantle after spending most of the year in the UK, then continues with his customary attack on our Council, claiming that the vision for the town centre is all wrong, presumably because Freo Council encourages medium-rise buildings.

JD writes that a symbol of Freo Council getting it all wrong is that they did not fly the Australian flag on Queen’s birthday. I am more inclined to believe that the many building developments around Fremantle are a symbol of Freo’s prosperous future, but hey, why be positive about progress when you can have a whinge about a flag not being flown.

Of course the issue of the removal of the old Moreton Bay fig trees from Kings Square also deserves another attack on Mayor Brad Pettitt, who according to JD single-handedly relocated the Christmas tree from the Esplanade to Kings Square. A very silly accusation to make for someone who was a Councillor for four years and who knows how the council process works.

No matter what the issues are JD’s experts are always better than the ones the City of Fremantle engages, be that architecture, city planning, or trees, so the president received the opinion that the fig trees could have lived many years longer at Kings Square, contrary to the advise CoF received from expert eastern states arborists, who flew over, injected the soil, monitored the trees for a long period, and who decided the trees would become a public hazard if left there. The City even had a community consultation process period about the removal, so it was all pretty transparent.

The only positive in JD’s email to the FS members is that the Guildford Society has offered nine-year-old Moreton Bay fig trees to the City of Fremantle, according to the president.

We know that CoF officers are sourcing to replace the so-called Christmas tree, next to the new playground, with another mature Moreton Bay fig tree. One issue is how to get a mature tree through the streets, and the officer in charge told me on Wednesday that they are already looking at the possibility of having to use a helicopter to do that.

The sun is shining, summer is on the way, John Dowson, and the glass is half full. Fremantle has a great future ahead, and new development won’t destroy our beautiful city, just change and modernise parts of it. Inspire your Fremantle Society members with creative new and positive ideas for our city, not just the same old vitriolic rants and attacks on the Mayor, which are becoming tedious and irrelevant.

Roel Loopers

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