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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

DEMOLITION OF FREO’S CIVIC CENTRE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, history, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 10, 2018

 

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This is what the City of Fremantle’s civic centre at Kings Square looked like late yesterday afternoon. Demolition of the buildings will continue today, so very soon we will see building activity happening on the Kerry Hill architects designed new civic centre, which is due for completion late next year.

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

ROOF OF FREO CIVIC CENTRE GONE

 

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On my way to the Fremantle community forum I noticed that the roof of the civic centre at Kings Square is already gone and I could see the sky through the windows, so the full demolition of the building won’t take long at all.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE GOVERNANCE COST TRANSPARENCY

Posted in budget, city of fremantle, finances, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 31, 2018

 

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I always try to keep the words balance and respect in mind when I publish a blog post, so I am happy to now post the reply by the City of Fremantle here in regard to the question I asked on the weekend about what the GOVERNANCE expenditure in the budget was for. Here it is:

Regarding what is included in the $47 million figure under ‘governance’ in the capital expenditure chart in the rates booklet – the vast majority of that ($46.3 million) is the allocation towards the new Kings Square administration and library building.

It also includes $504,500 towards the purchase of our current admin building from the Dockers and $105,000 for the new parking app.

The rest is for things like office furniture, telecommunications equipment, IT equipment (like PC’s, tablets, printers and accessories) fixed and wireless internet etc.

 

Roel Loopers

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DEMOLITION OF FREO CIVIC CENTRE TO START SOON

 

Demolition of the City of Fremantle civic building at Kings Square will start next month, with preliminary work and asbestos removal by DELTA Pty Ltd. The demolition is estimated to be completed by October this year.

Vibration monitoring will be conducted to safeguard the integrity of the heritage listed Townhall and any demolition work immediately adjacent to the Townhall will be done by hand if required.

Daily air monitoring will also take place during asbestos removal by a third-party hygienist.

Roel Loopers

 

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TREERIFIC KINGS SQUARE!

 

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The relocation of the London Plane trees at Fremantle’s Kings Square started this morning. It is a major and impressive operation, so it was fun to watch and photograph.

The trees are being relocated to the north of the Townhall to make way for the construction of the new civic centre as part of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

The other London Plane trees will be moved tomorrow, Friday and next week on Monday, so be aware that  traffic through that part of Adelaide and William Street and parking will be restricted.

Roel Loopers

PUBLIC ART COMMISSION FOR KINGS SQUARE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 18, 2017

 

Percent for Public Art Commission Kings Square Civic Building and Library Redevelopment
EOI# 910/17

This is a rare opportunity for artists to help shape the future of Fremantle’s city centre for the enjoyment of future generations.

Artist Briefing
11.00am, this Wednesday 20 December 2017
Fremantle Town Hall,
Cnr Adelaide & William Streets Fremantle
RSVP: publicart@fremantle.wa.gov.au or 9432 9571

Expression of Interest Documents can be downloaded by registering at:
https://www.tenderlink.com/fremantle/

Total artwork budget $415,000
Shortlisted artists will be paid a concept design fee of $1,500.

EOI closes: 2pm, Friday 16 February 2018

City of Fremantle : Welcome to City of Fremantle electronic procurement and tendering web pages, which has been designed to improve the speed and efficiency for both City of Fremantle and our suppliers.
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