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HIVE OF ACTIVITY AT KINGS SQUARE

 

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It is a hive of activity at Fremantle’s Kings Square with PROBUILD, the contractors for Sirona Capital, keen to make inroads fast on the new building for the FOMO retail concept.

Workers told me they would be there till 7pm last night to put more of the pre-fabricated beams and columns up and that they would be on site today and on Sunday as well.

Go and check it out when you are in town and have a coffee and meal at Parlapa, just opposite the Townhall in William Street!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE KINGS SQUARE NOW AND NEXT YEAR

 

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The white columns above will become the picture below at Fremantle’s Kings Square.

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UP UP AND AWAY TO FREO’S FUTURE

 

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The erection of a second large building crane started this morning at Fremantle’s Kings Square.

Builders PROBUILD have taken a section out of the former Myer building to create a courtyard to accommodate the crane.

Walking along William Street one can now also see real progress on the new building that replaces the Queensgate building, with large concrete pillars sticking up into the sky.

Sirona Capital has also started promoting the FOMO retail concept and offering spaces for lease.

There are a lot of positive things happening in Fremantle, so let’s feel like Team Freo and be supportive of our beautiful city.

Roel Loopers

 

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TWO MORE FIG TREES REMOVED FROM KINGS SQUARE

 

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The City of Fremantle will remove two more ailing Moreton Bay fig trees from Kings Square and replace them with other mature trees.

After community consultation 73% of ┬áparticipants were for the removal of the so called Christmas tree and 69% for the removal of tree No.5 just east of St John’s church.

It makes sense to me not to wait for limbs to break off and take a public safety risk, especially with the Christmas tree that is adjacent to the planned new children’s playground.

Tree No.5 will immediately be replaced with a mature London plane tree to create a nice line of those trees north of the Townhall and civic centre, while City staff will be sourcing, purchasing and preparing a mature Moreton Bay fig tree to replace the Christmas tree.

Interesting to see today all the construction workers at Kings Square on a Sunday. Probuild clearly wants to keep on schedule and get the job done. The sooner the better, as far as I am concerned.

Roel Loopers

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KINGS SQUARE PROGRESS UPDATE

 

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Another tree will be relocated at Fremantle’s Kings Square today, while builders are busy on the former Myer and Queensgate sites.

One of the Canary Island date palms will have to be moved to a different location at our city square to make way for the development.

Inside the City of Fremantle administration building the demolition team is removing asbestos before it can commence the demolition of the building.

Building Freo’s future is a hive of noisy and exciting activity.

Roel Loopers

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SIGNIFICANT STAGE FOR KINGS SQUARE REBIRTH

 

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The erection today of a massive crane is a significant milestone for Fremantle and a symbol of the rebirth of Kings Square.

A second crane will be put up in a couple of months.

Roel Loopers

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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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