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FREO’S CHALLENGING TIME OF TRANSITION

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on February 23, 2018

 

The City of Fremantle, Sirona Capital and Probuild held an information sessions for CBD traders about the Kings Square Project on the balcony of the Federal Hotel yesterday evening.

The big news was the closure of Newman Court for safety reasons because the two building sites-Civic Centre and Queensgate/Myer are expanding and getting too close together to allow safe pedestrian passage between them.

That’s commons sense, but it will no doubt affect the few traders left in the Fremantle Mall. New signage will be placed around Kings Square to try to encourage pedestrians to keep using Fremantle Mall as a thoroughfare.

There will also be new parking signs installed and the naming of carparks and that is important with the imminent closure of the Queensgate carpark and the opening of the new Stan Reilly carpark by the end of March.

Some traders were talking compensation for loss of trade, but not many came up with new ideas about what they themselves could do to attract business from the hundreds of construction and demolition workers and that is disappointing.

They really need to reach out in new, creative and different ways to potential customers and accept that for the next two years it won’t be business as usual.

This is an exciting, but challenging, time of transition for Fremantle that will soon see our city prosper again with so much development on the way and much more in the pipeline and soon to start.

Roel Loopers

FREO KINGS SQUARE DEMOLITION STARTED

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on February 19, 2018

 

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So good to see walls and roofs coming down on the Queensgate building at Fremantle’s Kings Square.

A huge crane in Henderson Street was lifting four portable offices  for PROBUILD onto the roof of the car park, while inside heavy machinery was demolishing the Queensgate building.

The long awaited new development by Sirona Capital will see the all new FOMO retail concept at Kings Square in less than two years.

Roel Loopers

TEMPORARY QUEENSGATE PARKING CLOSURE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, development, kings square, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on February 14, 2018

 

 

PROBUILD the builders for the Fremantle Kings Square Project have had a change of mind on how to proceed and the Queensgate carpark will now be closed for approximately four months straight after the Easter long weekend and Street Arts Festival.

After extensive structural testing of the concrete and steel reinforcement by the builders and specialist consultants for Sirona Capital it was decided that the work to remediate and protect the building is a lot more extensive than anticipated.

Removing redundant and corroded steelwork and applying protective poxy coatings will stop further degradation of the building, that also needs modern bigger lifts and improved accessibility, better lighting and security and modern equipment.

The closure is in the interest of public safety and the safety of workers.

A little compensation is the soon to open new carpark at the former Stan Reilly site which will offer 155 car bays in the city centre, plus the additional new street level parking next to the Point Street carpark.

As the old saying goes, there is no gain without pain.

There has been the perception of parking problems in Fremantle, but that ignores the fact that the multi-storey carparks in Fremantle are hardly used on weekdays, as I noticed again yesterday afternoon at 3.30 pm when Queensgate was almost empty.

There are over 5,000 car bays in Fremantle and there is one-hour free parking and all day parking for as little as $ 8.00 per day.

Residents with a permit can park for free before 11am and again after 3pm.

The only parking problem Fremantle has is on weekends of events and festivals when Freo is packed full with visitors, and that motorists want to park on the street straight in front of their destination, and that is an unrealistic expectation.

The carparks along Mews Road just across the railway line also have plenty of vacanct bays.

Roel Loopers

PROBUILD SUPPORT FOR KINGS SQUARE TRADERS

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on January 29, 2018

 

Probuild has commenced construction at King’s Square, Fremantle located at 10 William St, Fremantle WA 6160.

It is anticipated construction works will occur over a 20 month period.

Probuild appreciates that building sites generally attract a lot of interest within the local community. Accordingly, you are invited to join our online ‘Google Groups’ a community notification platform, specifically setup to communicate with local residents in the direct vicinity of the King’s Square, Fremantle construction site.

It is Probuild’s intention to keep local residents and business informed regarding our activities which we will do via Google Group. These updates may include advance notifications of traffic changes, road closures, works outside regular site hours, as well as key milestones including crane erection and project completion.

We therefore invite you to join us at Google.com – Probuild – King’s Square Fremantle

If you wish to participate in the King’s Square, Fremantle Community Notifications, please use the following instructions to join:

1. Visit the following link in any internet browser: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/ksfprobuild
2. Create a free Google account. You can use any existing email address when creating a Google account. If you have an existing Google account, you do not need to create a new account, simply login using your existing username and password.
3. Return to the Probuild – King’s Square Fremantle Google Group page by visiting the link above.
4. Click “Apply for Membership,” select “Send me an email for every new message,” then click “Apply to Join.”
5. A Probuild representative will approve your application and you will be able to view all posts in the Group.

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FREOTOPIA! I WANT TO BE A KID AGAIN!

Posted in children, city of fremantle, kings square, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 24, 2018

 

I want to be a kid again after last evening seeing the draft concept plans for the Fremantle Kings Square play space FREOTOPIA children’s playground at a community forum in the Townhall.

This Fremantle themed playground will be so good that it will become a tourist attraction in its own right, with sound and light features that will even make it an evening destination to visit as a special treat for our beautiful Freo children.

The theme is about containers, port cranes, ships, bridges, rail tracks, water, cottages and jetty, with some of the lighting and sound activated by those using the play space, while soft light will light up the trees.

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Kings Square will also have a St John’s church garden and an urban forest will be created by relocating the plane trees, while jacarandas will line the perimeter of the square.

Adelaide Street between Queen and William streets will become a shared space street while the verdict is still out if to open Newman Court for vehicle traffic from east to west, which I think is a bad idea.

Probuild, the builders contracted by Sirona Capital for the construction of the Kings Square project, are busy building new black hoardings and gate signs have been placed around the construction site.

I am really excited and optimistic about Freo’s future. It’s a shame I am too old to use the new playground and that I might not see all the planned development realised, but that’s life.

Roel Loopers

 

EXCITING FREMANTLE KINGS SQUARE PROJECT

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on June 30, 2017

 

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The City of Fremantle and Sirona Capital held a Kings Square Local Traders Forum at the Federal Hotel on Thursday evening to update the businesses most affected by the Kings Square Project, which will start next month.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and Sirona Capital managing director Matthew McNeilly presented the exciting project in detail and were assisted by Probuild managing director Sam Delmenico who will be responsible for the construction of the four buildings.

The Kings Square project is the biggest development ever in Fremantle and will take about 30 months to completion, with retailers expected to move in by mid 2019 and state government agencies by the start of 2020.

1,155  workers will be on the construction site full time for the 30 months, which will be a boost for the local cafes and traders. Most importantly they will also be there during the very quiet first half of the week, so local traders will no doubt benefit from it.

Probuild and the City should make sure that none of those building site coffee vans will drive to the construction site daily as that would negatively impact on Fremantle traders!

Matthew McNeilly told the audience that this is an extraordinary project for Fremantle that will significantly add to the Fremantle retail and hospitality experience. It will be a catalyst for future investment and development in our city.

There will also be an $ 8.5 million investment in the public realms with public art, nature playground, etc. which will make Kings Square an attractive place of lingering and relaxation in the city. It is meant to be a place for families to come to.

The new library in the Civic Centre will have 50% more space and badly-needed 11 community meeting spaces.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said it would be one of the most green buildings in Western Australia and that Fremantle could absolutely afford to build it. It is an investment into the City’s future!

Matthew McNeilly promised a whole new ‘deconstructed’ retail concept that is authentically Fremante, and a big exciting marketing campaign.

The precinct will be multi-layered with laneways running in different angles. It will be design-inspired retail and it will become a significant retail precinct for Freo.

Sirona Capital will also spend $ 8 million on the Queensgate carpark and activate Henderson and Queen streets with street level retail.

They will try to keep the carpark open for as long as possible but it will have to be temporarily closed at times, but 165 new parking bays will be provided at the Stan Reilley site and the vacant space on the corner of Point and Adelaide streets will also be made into a public carpark to add additional parking bays.

Probuild will try to minimise the impact of the construction site for local traders but it is important for them to receive feedback on any issues that might arise, so there is a new hotline to call: 1300 KSFREO.

While some concerns were raised by the traders present there was more of a sense of excited anticipation about the future of Fremantle and the much-needed economic recovery and making Freo a seven day a week shopping destination.

Fremantle Silverleaf director Gerard O’Brien was also at the forum and will have picked up some tips on how to proceed with the very important Woolstores shopping centre site development. Plans for that should be debated at Fremantle Council in the next month or so.

I personally feel like a child that has to wait before it is allowed to open his Christmas presents. I can only see good and positive things coming out of all the development in Fremantle. More people living, working and visiting the inner city will be fantastic!

Roel Loopers

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SIRONA APPOINTS PROBUILD FOR KINGS SQUARE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on May 16, 2017

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SIRONA CAPITAL has appointed national building company ProBuild for the $ 270 million Fremantle Kings Square Project. Building will commence in August this year.

ProBuild has been signed up for several major construction jobs in Perth recently and is already busy with building the Ritz Carlton Hotel on Elizabeth Quay.

I believe it is great news for Fremantle and will truly change our city’s fortunes for the better.

Roel Loopers

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