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KINGS SQUARE REDEVELOPMENT UPDATE

 

 

A photographic update of Fremantle’s Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

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PAVING THE WAY FOR FREO’S FUTURE

 

Mayor Brad Pettitt was rightly nonplussed about an officer’s recommendation at the FPOL Committee on Wednesday to apply for a Metropolitan Regional Road Group grant to do road works along  Queen Street from Adelaide Street to Henderson Street.

The Mayor questioned the timing of it and said it should only be considered if it could be realigned with the Kings Square Redevelopment Project, because the last thing traders in the area would like to see is the completion of Kings Square followed straight up by road closures to do roadwork near our city square. Yep. No doubt about that at all!

Brad Pettitt said the roadworks needed to be consistent with the public realm work at Kings Square.

I believe the picture is even bigger than that because any Queen Street roadwork might also impact on the Woolstores hotel development and the Henderson Street Police Precinct work, so the timeline would have to be carefully coordinated.

On the Kings Square public realm paving plans. Why are Councillors and the public not given a proper aerial view of what is proposed instead of coloured sections with the numbers of the planned materials? Photos of the real pavers can be easily photoshopped in so we all can understand what it would actually look like!

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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.

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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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ABOUT FREO, FOG AND FUTURE

 

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I can’t believe how humid it has been in Fremantle lately. It is almost like a fog in the port, and not the dry heat we are used to.

Not much to report today, so I had a wander around and took these two photos this morning of the old and new at Kings Square and a soft shot of the always photogenic Fishing Boat Harbour.

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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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