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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.

Roel Loopers

 

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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.

Roel Loopers

 

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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.

Roel Loopers

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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.

Roel Loopers

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.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE FENCES FOR THE FUTURE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on January 15, 2018

 

 

Things are getting a bit more serious at the Fremantle Kings Square Project development, with new permanent hoardings being erected around the former Myer and Queensgate buildings.

Project managers Sirona Capital have promised creative and attractive hoardings, so time will tell what kind of images about the FOMO retail project they will put up.

An inspector of the CFMEU was already on site today to make sure that everything is done by the book and told me power is off at the Queensgate carpark, so I assume that means free parking in the dark.

Also new temporary fences for the archeological dig that will start this week, looking for remnants of the old St John’s church.

Exciting times are ahead for Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

The Western Power failure in the carpark has now been repaired I hear. 3.4opm

KINGS SQUARE DISPLAY AT TOWNHALL

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, sirona capital, Uncategorized by freoview on August 23, 2017

 

 

Hello boys and girls, this is your uncle Roelie, the regular provider of fake Freo news, the new council spin doctor(sorry Jason and Paul!), and the election campaign manager for Bradman for the Entire Universe and Beyond, according to a Fakebook page.

Uncle Roelie went to the Fremantle Townhall to check out the displays about the Kings Square Project development. Not that he really needed it, because he has been involved in it from the very first start and community consultation.

Your old senile uncle, who can’t get his facts right, met the Sirona Capital managing director Matthew McNeilly at the first walk around the area to look at connectivity, sightlines, etc. and went to every Kings Square session after that, including the citizenship jury.

But unlike others, I believe it is not good to be ingnorant, and that one should be informed and have the facts before one makes comments, so hence my visit to the beautiful Townhall to see if I could update my knowledge.

Mayor Brad Pettitt and Sirona’s Matthew McNeilly were there, and I saw Councillor Jon Strachan and his partner Cathy Hall, and Beacy election candidate Fedele Camarda was also there, as was developer Bruce Moriarty.

A comment I read, claiming that this Council had not achieved much in the last eight years is not based on facts, yet again. Fremantle has got unprecedented development happening and in the pipeline, that we have not seen in the port city in forty years.

If the Barnett State Government had earlier committed to the Department of Housing moving to Fremantle, the Kings Square development could have been ready by now.

But boys and girls, it’s always easier to blame council rather than dealing with facts. As for Uncle Roelie, he’ll be at the Fremantle Council ordinary meeting tonight to make sure he knows what he’s talking about.

Good night boys and girls. Sleep well!

 

Roel Loopers

 

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I JUST LOVE FREO!

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on July 17, 2017

 

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I just love Freo! I love being part of this great community and this unique city.

Took this photo a couple of hours ago from the Roundhouse steps.

Roel Loopers

NEW FREO CIVIC CENTRE GOOD FOR HERITAGE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on June 28, 2017

 

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An independent report by heritage experts Griffiths Architects has concluded that the new City of Fremantle civic building at Kings Square has a ‘favourable effect on heritage’ by providing strong interactions between the historic Fremantle Town Hall and the civic and community functions of the new building.

The soon-to-be-built $50m administration and library building will enhance the important heritage aspects of Fremantle’s Kings Square according to the recently received heritage impact statement.

The report advises the new building will help return the town hall to prominence by reintegrating the town hall back into the centre of civic life:

The overall presentation of the town hall, civic functions and administration will be visually enhanced by a more integrated 21st century building that relates well to the town hall, Kings Square and William Street and Newman Court.

The changes will reintegrate the town hall back into day-to-day city life, provide proper connections to services and lift areas and ensure that contemporary requirements that can be so damaging to historic buildings are located in the new building.

Fremantle Council wanted a long-term approach in determining the design for the new building and that it must stand the test of time to last 100 years or more to become Fremantle’s future heritage.

Council weighed up all the information and decided a full redevelopment rather than a refurbishment of the existing building would be best to meet the long-term needs of the Fremantle community.

The Griffiths Architects report was critical of the current building, saying it had failed to make a positive contribution to the urban setting of Kings Square, was intrusive, dislocated the town hall from its administrative functions and was past its useful life.

The current building is inefficient from an environmental and operating cost perspective, suffers from concrete cancer, has significant asbestos contamination issues and does not meet legal disability access requirements.

I don’t believe Fremantle Council has decided yet if it will add a third floor to the new Civic Centre, but I think it would be remiss, and Council would fail in their duty, if they did not plan for the future of a larger Fremantle, when there is little doubt that Fremantle is growing and local government reform through amalgamations will happen in the not too distant future.

The Kings Square Project will be a huge game-changer for Fremantle and change our fortunes for the better. I can’t wait for it to start!!

Roel Loopers

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TOWNHALL BACK ON TIME

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on May 29, 2017

 

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The Fremantle Townhall clock is back running on time!

It turned out that a film crew damaged essential parts of the clock so the poor clockmaker had to do repairs just a few days after the clock had been restarted on Friday.

Roel Loopers

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