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SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW KINGS SQUARE PAVING

 

 

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Now that the fences have come down around the paving trial at Kings Square I went to have another look at what is considered for the new paving of our city square once the new Civic Centre has been built.

It is going to be hard for Councillors and the public to imagine what any of the suggestions will look like on a much larger scale, so that is going to be a challenge. Once some options have been shortlisted it would be good to get some renders done on what the entire square would look like.

My impression is that some much larger and square paving options have not been included and that many of the suggestions have far too small individual pavers for such a large area, and most of the suggestions are rectangular. It is rather disappointing and uninspiring what is on offer.

For me personally not one suggestion stands out that I think would be great, so maybe other options need to be considered by the officers and more homework to be done on the internet to see what other council have come up with in major city square. It might be a good idea to also ask the Civic Centre architects to make suggestions about the paving.

Roel Loopers

NEW CHANGES IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on December 13, 2018

 

A few news snippets from the City of Fremantle:

  • Fremantle ratepayers will fork out $ 1,013,086 for the roll out of the new third bin FOGO recycling next year.
  • ENKEL will finally receive the keys for the former Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill, after a very lengthy delay, so it will be interesting to watch if they will manage to activate the area considerably.
  • The height of the balustrade of the beautiful Fremantle Townhall balcony needs to be raised as the current height is no longer to Australian standards.
  • Unless there is strong demand from the Fremantle community there will not be live streaming of Council and Council committee meetings in the new civic centre. I just hope they’ll improve the sound system in the chamber.
  • Council approved the transfer of ownership for the Spicer site from Sirona Capital to Forrest Family Investments.
  • Two hour parking restrictions on the east side of Marine Terrace and the west of Mews Road will be implemented on weekdays from 8am to 5pm.
  • Four hour time restrictions will apply at the South Beach car park north of the kiosk.
  • A $ 3.50 per day parking fee will apply on the west side of Marine Terrace and the east side of Mews Road.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE’S RENAISSANCE REFLECTED

 

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A rather symbolic photo of Fremantle’s renaissance. The Townhall reflected in the new facade of the FOMO building, which replaced the Queensgate building at Kings Square.

 

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FREMANTLE TOWNHALL WINS NATIONAL AWARD

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 27, 2018

 

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Well done to everyone involved in the restoration project of the Fremantle Townhall!

The meticulous restoration of the historic Fremantle Town Hall has taken out a national construction industry award.

McCorkell Constructions, the City of Fremantle’s contractor on the $3.1 million project, won the ‘National Commercial Historical Restoration/Renovation’ award at the Master Builders Australia National Excellence in Construction awards on the weekend.

The 2018 MBA National Awards Dinner was held on Saturday at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The Town Hall restoration became eligible for the national awards after winning the state award in July. The project was also recognised with a WA Heritage Award earlier this year.

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OLD AND NEW AT FREMANTLE’S KINGS SQUARE

 

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The demolition of the Fremantle council buildings at Kings Square continues. It looks pretty impressive with the new buildings rising behind it.

Great to see that the eastern wall of the Townhall has been well preserved.

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FREMANTLE TOWNHALL RESTORATION WINS ANOTHER AWARD

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 27, 2018

 

 

The restoration of the historic Fremantle Town Hall has been recognised with another prestigious award at the Masters Builders Association Excellence in Construction awards on Saturday night..

McCorkell Constructions, the City of Fremantle’s contractor on the $3.1 million project, took out the prize for Best Historic Restoration or Renovation.

The Town Hall restoration was also recognised with a WA Heritage Award earlier this year.

City of Fremantle’s heritage coordinator Alan Kelsall said “It was a technically challenging project because we were determined to restore the building’s authenticity by using traditional building techniques, but a lot of that specialist knowledge was hard to find.

“The Town Hall is such an important building for Fremantle and this project really was a labour of love for all the people who worked on it,” Mr Kelsall said.

The restoration of the 130-year-old Town Hall was the largest heritage conservation project ever undertaken by the City of Fremantle.

It reinstated the building’s traditional appearance by stripping the paint off the walls to reveal the original stucco exterior.

The project also included reconstructing the slate roofs and refurbishing the historic clock.

Fremantle Council has allocated a further $250,000 for the restoration of the interior of the building.

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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.

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SIGNIFICANT KINGS SQUARE MODERNISATION

 

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Once the London Plane Trees have been relocated the demolition of the City of Fremantle civic hall can start. This will take much longer than the demolition of the Queensgate building as there is asbestos removal involved, so it is estimated to take up to six months for the relatively small building.

The former Queensgate site is now nearly ready for three weeks of ground work and than the prefabricated elements will arrive and pop up fast, so that will be really exciting to watch.

The modernisation of Kings Square with a port themed children’s playground is very significant for Fremantle. It will change the way locals and visitors view and use our city square and will hopefully attract people here seven days a week, day and night.

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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.

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FREMANTLE TOWN HALL WINS HERITAGE AWARD

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 24, 2018

 

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Well done City of Fremantle heritage department and council for last night receiving the 2018 WA Heritage Award for the conservation of a heritage-listed place!

 

The wonderful restoration of the historic Townhall did cost $ 3.1 million and was the biggest conservation project ever undertaken in Fremantle, and it was well worth it.

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