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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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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!

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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!

 

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