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SOD TURNED FOR FREMANTLE CIVIC CENTRE

 

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The first sod was turned for the construction of the new $ 41.3 million Fremantle Civic Centre at Kings Square on Tuesday morning.

Sean McGivern of Kerry Hill architects, Matthew McNeilly of Sirona Capital, George Allingame of Pindan, Member for Fremantle Minister Simone McGurk and Mayor Brad Pettitt grabbed a spate to show the work has started.

The Civic Centre development is part of the broader $ 41.3 million Kings Square Redevelopment Project the City of Fremantle is partnered in with Sirona Capital.

I was surprised to hear Sirona’s managing director say in his speech that the FOMO retail section will now only open next year, but when I asked Mr McNeilly about it he said that FOMO was never intended to open this year but always in April next year. Really?!

It was nice to see the former Fremantle CEO Graeme McKenzie attending the ceremony and also Minister Peter Tinley.

Roel Loopers

 

A NEW KINGS SQUARE MILESTONE

 

 

The second crane of the Sirona Capital development of the Fremantle Kings Square Redevelopment Project came down this morning, so things are going well at our city square.

A new crane should be going up in a few weeks for the new Civic Centre building of the City of Fremantle, but that development was unfortunately delayed by six months, without the City explaining the reasons for it. That is quite frustrating for the Freo community, local traders and the Kings Square development partners of the City.

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FREMANTLE CBD DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

 

 

Just a couple of update photos about the progress of the new Fremantle Civic Centre on Kings Square and also a photo of the residential development on the former Fremantle Workers Club site in Henry Street.

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TRADERS UPDATED ABOUT KINGS SQUARE PROCESS

 

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Only a handful of local traders turned up yesterday for an update about the building progress of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

These updates at the Federal Hotel have been regular events to keep affected traders in the loop.

Those who came heard form builders Pindan and Probuild, Sirona Capital and City of Fremantle Director Infrastructure and Project Delivery Graham Tattersall that things are going very well and to schedule.

Completion of our Civic Centre community facility will be in July 2020, so a construction period of 18 months. Excavation will start in two weeks for the lower level and the main structure will be up before Christmas this year, so that will give us all a much better idea of what we can expect and how it works in the space.

Sirona is on the home straight with their two buildings and they are estimated to be completed by August/September this year. The paving of Newman Court on the Sirona side will be done in September and the Civic Centre half toward completion of that building.

Queen Street should be back to normal in July when the hoarding there comes down, so that will make traffic flow a bit easier.

The Newman Court thoroughfare between William Street and Queen Street will be open before Christmas, so that is good news as well. Scaffolding around the carpark will be removed in July.

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CIVIC CENTRE CONSTRUCTION TO BE OPENED FOR VIEWING

 

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I shot the reflection of the Fremantle Townhall in the windows of the former Myer building that is being redeveloped by Sirona Capital as part of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

Pindan builders have also started on the new Civic Centre, but they have built dark fences around the site so that no one can look in.

I asked Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and CEO Phil St John to put some viewing windows in, and when I bumped into Director Graham Tattersall he assured me this morning that viewing windows will be installed once the signage and branding have been put on the fences, so that they know where the appropriate locations for the windows are.

Members of the Freo community who, like I, want to watch the progress of the construction of the new City of Fremantle Civic Centre can do so for the time being from the first floor of the Fremantle Mall at William Street of course. It’s a healthy exercise to walk up those steps daily. 😍

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AUSTRALIAN FIRST! SAFE SUBBIES’ PAYMENT FOR FREMANTLE CIVIC CENTRE

 

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Subcontractors working on the City of Fremantle’s new civic centre and library in Kings Square will be guaranteed payment thanks to the inclusion of a Project Bank Account (PBA) as part of the construction contract.

Last month the City of Fremantle and Pindan Constructions signed the contract to build the $41.3 million project.

Director of City Business Glen Dougall said the establishment of a PBA for the project was a key condition of the contract.

“We are the first local government in WA, and possibly Australia, to include the requirement for a Project Bank Account on a project like this,” Mr Dougall said.

“The PBA will guarantee subcontractors are paid within one day of the head contractor being paid, and that the head contractor can only take their portion once they have paid the subbies.

“We’re confident Pindan is in robust financial health and will meet all of its obligations, but this will ensure the local subcontractors employed on the project are safe from any potential cash flow problems and can feel more secure and confident in employing and paying their staff and suppliers.

“The PBA will improve the speed of payment for subcontractors, increase transparency in the payment process and reduce the financial stress on the subbies, their employees, suppliers and families.”

The WA government is set to expand the use of PBA’s on state government projects from 1 July this year.

The City of Fremantle’s new civic centre is an integral part of the broader $270 million Kings Square Renewal project – a joint initiative between the City and Sirona Capital.

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FREMANTLE INNER CITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRESSING

 

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Work is well under way at the Manning Building redevelopment by Silverleaf Investments, with some parts at the back being demolished.

Also a quick start by Pindan on the new Fremantle Civic Centre development with earth moving equipment already at work this morning, although the contract was only signed six days ago. Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Sirona Capital boss Matthew McNeilly were on site to watch the progress.

And on a naughty, tongue-in-cheek note. Fremantle Society president John Dowson, a fervent royalist, will hopefully just be a tiny bit happy that the Manning project is done by Buckingham builders. 😍

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MAYOR’S REASONS FOR NEW FREO CIVIC CENTRE

 

Interesting to read on page 3 of the Fremantle Herald the explanations given by Mayor Brad Pettitt for the building of the new Civic Centre and the Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

The Mayor responds to some of the criticism the development has received and points out that a previous council in 2003 saw the need to replace the ailing and outdated former centre.

An expert report in 2012 noted that it would cost the City of Fremantle $ 28 million to meet minimum standards plus another $ 50 million to add needed extensions to the building and upgrade and refurbish it.

Dr Pettitt points out that the new Civic Centre is much more than just a new home for Councillors and staff and that it will have a big library, double the size of the previous one, with courtyards, a library lounge, a better history centre, computers, gaming consoles, etc.

The former library attracted 14,000 people a month, so one can imagine this will increase when the library has more to offer.

The Mayor states that the $ 41.3 million civic centre project will be funded over the next four years, so it won’t be, as some critics allege, a financial burden on future generations of Freo ratepayers.

All I see is that some people disagree with the City’s expert officers and consultants, so who is right? I suppose the future will tell us.

Now that the contract with Pindan has been signed we need to move on and hope that it will all work out and that Fremantle will be an amazing and vibrant city again in a few years from now.

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FREMANTLE CIVIC CENTRE BUILDING CONTRACT SIGNED

 

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The City of Fremantle finally signed the contract this afternoon with builders PINDAN for the construction of the new Civic Centre at Kings Square.

The construction of the Kerry Hill Architects designed building will take approximately 18 months, which will mean the civic centre will only be operational by the end of next year, which I find disappointing as the original timeline for the Kings Square Redevelopment Project was for it to be finished by the end of this year.

City of Fremantle CEO Phil StJohn said the total construction cost for the building would be $ 41.3 million.

We will now hopefully see a new crane erected soon and building work to start.

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FREMANTLE NEW CIVIC CENTRE CONSTRUCTION READY TO START

 

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Builders PINDAN have started to put new fences up around the area of the new Kerry Hill Architects designed Fremantle Civic Centre at Kings Square.

I hear from a very reliable source at the City that the contract will be signed this week, so the construction work should be starting soon.

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