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LATEST PHOTOS FROM FREO’S KINGS SQUARE PROJECT

 

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It is amazing how fast the demolition work at Fremantle’s Kings Square is progressing. The former Myer building is looking like a skeleton with large sections between the concrete pillars removed.

The former Queensgate cinema building is one heap of rubble with the demolition crew now peeling back the William Street facade.

I find it fascinating to see how deliberate the demolition work is done. It’s not a big wrecking ball slamming in, but carefully removing sections. The machine was rubbing off the brickwork at the Myer building quite gently.

I took these photos late afternoon on Wednesday.

Roel Loopers

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FREO STUFF MOVIES ARE MADE OFF

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on March 20, 2018

 

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The demolition of the former Fremantle Queensgate cinema building looks like a movie set with the facade along William Street now also tumbling down.

Exciting times for our little port city!

Roel Loopers

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BIG PROGRESS AT FREO’S KINGS SQUARE

 

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When it comes to the Fremantle Kings Square redevelopment project I am like a child waiting for my Christmas presents, so I wanted to see a bit more of what is happening and asked developer Sirona Capital for access to the site.

PROBUILD‘s Nick Croft showed me around on Wednesday afternoon, but unfortunately the photos I hoped to get, looking down into the big demolition site from the adjacent roofs, were not possible because of health&safety regulations. The hero shot from ground level was one taken prior to my visit by Nick on his mobile phone and I thank him for sharing it here on Freo’s View.

The roof of the former MYER building has now also come down, so that later on two new storeys can be added, and inside the building is stripped back to just its concrete skeleton.

The Queensgate building’s William Street facade is now also being pulled back and in about ten days the facade of the Myer building at Queen Street will come down.

I feel sorry for the traders who are negatively impacted by all this, but sometimes in life we need to acknowledge that the big picture has priority over individuals and individual businesses.

I just hope they can all hang in there and hopefully reap the benefits of a rejuvenated inner city in less than two years from now. Good luck to you all!!

Roel Loopers

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DEMOLITIOUS KINGS SQUARE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on March 10, 2018

 

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Scaffolding at the Queensgate building along William Street will start coming down next week to allow for the demolition of the facade of the building.

After the Newman Court facade and large parts of the building are now demolished the facade at William Street will be pulled back next.

The Fremantle Kings Square project is well under way. It is exciting to watch the progress, with work also speeding up at the former Myer building.

Roel Loopers

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CRUSHER’S DAUGHTER!

Posted in buildings, city of fremantle, development, family, fathers, Uncategorized by freoview on March 3, 2018

 

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The Newman Court facade of the Queensgate building at Fremantle’s Kings Square is almost demolished thanks to the dedicated crusher operator of the DELTA Group demolition team, who worked on the long weekend Saturday.

The crusher operator’s wife and daughters were watching dad at work because it is a special day. The teenage daughter was on the phone with daddy because it is her birthday today. Happy birthday!

There were a lot of people watching and taking photos, so it is a shame the black fences and trees obscure so much of what is going on.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE KINGS SQUARE UPDATE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 2, 2018

 

 

The ugly fences all around Kings Square have been made a little bit less on the eye with artist’s impressions of the future buildings.

The demolition is going fast and the facade of the Queensgate building is crumbling down daily.

Roel Loopers

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NEWMAN COURT CLOSED FOR KINGS SQUARE PROJECT

Posted in buildings, city of fremantle, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on February 28, 2018

 

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The Newman Court thoroughfare between Queen and William streets is now closed to allow for the demolition of the former  Queensgate building and part-facade only- demolition of the former Myer building. It was not deemed safe to keep the narrow passage way open.

For me personally it is disappointing that I have no longer access to take progress photos of the demolition work and later on of the construction of the new Kings Square Project buildings, because from Kings Square palm trees obscure the view and from William Street the plane trees.

Roel Loopers

DEMOLITIONS SIGN OF FREO REJUVENATION

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on February 26, 2018

 

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Exciting to see that part of the facade of the Queensgate building has been demolished to make way for the Fremantle Kings Square Project.

Big machinery arrived and the demolition will progress fast from now on. I also heard a lot of noise from jackhammers in the former Myer/Many building.

Down the road in Henry Street demolition has also started on the former Fremantle Workers Club, to make way for a four-storey residential development in the historic West End.

Roel Loopers

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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

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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

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