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MILESTONE FOR FREMANTLE KINGS SQUARE DEVELOPMENT

 

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Another important milestone has been reached at the Fremantle Kings Square Redevelopment Project with the crane going up today for the construction of the new City of Fremantle Civic Centre.

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FREMANTLE A WORK IN PROGRESS

 

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Fremantle’s CBD is a work in progress, with the crane of the residential development at the former Workers Club site in Henry Street coming down today.

At Kings Square the triangular slab of the new Civic Centre has been put down and is destined to become a cafe. A new crane will go up there pretty soon.

Roel Loopers

DIGGING FOR FREO’S NEW CIVIC CENTRE

 

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Fremantle’s hole in the ground is getting deeper. The excavation for the library part of the new Civic Centre at Kings Square is becoming more prominent by the day.

Roel Loopers

FREO CBD DEVELOPMENTS PROGRESS

 

 

I had a look at the progress of two major Fremantle inner city developments at Kings Square and the Manning building and it was reassuring to see that things are going well and fast.

Contractors for Silverleaf Investment are working hard on creating the new tavern and micro brewery at the back of the Manning building, so that will be an exciting new addition to the Freo hospitality industry.

Here a few photos to see where they are at.

Roel Loopers

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KINGS SQUARE LANDSCAPING START BEFORE CHRISTMAS

 

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Fremantle Council has agreed on the priority works to be carried out over the next two years to upgrade the public spaces around Kings Square.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the council agreed its first priority was the improvements to Newman Court and High Street to coincide with the completion of FOMO and the City’s new civic centre and library.

The construction on Sirona’s FOMO development is nearing completion and the site fencing is expected to come down in August.

Brad Pettitt said that “It’s important for the City to get in there as soon as possible and do that work on Newman Court and High Street so when FOMO opens to the public and the state government employees move in we have that area looking great.”

It is my understanding that many of the current pavers will be re-used in the new landscaping and that makes sense in a city that loves recycling.

The other priority for the City is the completion of the new play space and the relocation of a mature fig tree into the square. The play space is an essential part of the plan to bring more people and activity into Kings Square.

The design development for the play space is on track for tendering later this year, with aim of having the tree relocation and the play space construction completed in the second half of 2020.

Other priorities for Kings Square include more tree planting and interim works like removing the existing planter beds and installing additional public seating.

The Kings Square Renewal project will result in a net increase of 23 trees in the precinct, including the proposal to frame the square with Jacaranda trees.

Investigations are continuing into the ‘Window to the Past’ concept in which the remains of the original St John’s Church would be revealed and interpreted. The foundations of the old church, along with the remains of a blacksmith’s shop, corner newsagent and numerous historical artefacts, were discovered during an archaeological dig at Kings Square last year.

Consideration is also being given to public artwork which would recognise and interpret Whadjuk Nyoongar culture in a culturally appropriate manner.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE CIVIC CENTRE TAKING SHAPE

 

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The new Fremantle Civic Centre at Kings Square is starting to get shape and one can understand a little bit better what is going on.

I took these photos on Tuesday morning.

 

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FREO’S NEW CIVIC CENTRE TAKING SHAPE

 

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The new Fremantle Civic Centre is progressing well at Kings Square. One can see the basement parts quite clearly and the outlines of the building taking shape.

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FREMANTLE KINGS SQUARE DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

 

 

 

The development of the new Civic Centre at Femantle’s Kings Square is taking shape, so always interesting to go and have a look from the first floor of the Fremantle Mall.

The addition to the carpark of a new lift building is now also visible and cladding on the new building that replaces the former Myer building is making the facade a lot lighter.

Roel Loopers

 

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.

Roel Loopers

 

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