PRES RELEASE THAT CAME OUT TODAY
Following an extensive evaluation process, three architects have been shortlisted to take on the design and planning of a $45m development forming part of the City of Fremantle’s $220m Kings Square Project.
The shortlist was selected from 53 eligible stage 1 entries by an expert independent jury. As a way of maximising the purity of the selection process, the jury was not advised of the authorship of any submission until after shortlisting was completed. An independent probity advisor was also present during the evaluation process.
The shortlisted concepts were from: CODA (Fremantle WA); Kerry Hill Architects (Fremantle WA); and McBride Charles Ryan (Prahran Victoria).
The three architects have now been invited to prepare more detailed stage two submissions which will be judged on 9 and 10 December 2013. The eventual winner is expected to be announced in mid December 2013 and will be commissioned to design, document and administer the project through to completion.
Fremantle Mayor, Dr Brad Pettitt, said the competition was a way of ensuring the best possible design was implemented: “Quality sustainable development is what Fremantle needs and this competition, judged by an independent expert panel, will go a long way to ensuring the development we build today becomes the heritage that future generations can be extremely proud of,” he said.
Stage 1 submissions will be kept confidential until the completion of stage 2 to ensure the preparation of stage 2 designs is not compromised. A public exhibition of the shortlisted submissions will occur after the final judging.
In the evaluation report, Ms Jury Chair, Shelley Penn endorsed the City’s decision to commission the important project through a design-led process and stated: “The jury was delighted with the quality and range of submissions received. The three shortlisted submissions offer a rich set of possibilities for the City and we are very much looking forward to stage two where more detailed design concepts will be presented.”
The purpose of the competition is to select a design concept approach and design team to develop *core facilities for the City of Fremantle in Kings Square. The development will be part of the wider Kings Square Project which will create a civic, retail, commercial and community hub that is a vibrant, active and safe place which reflects Kings Square’s unique place in the heart of Fremantle.
The competition was open to all architects, providing that at least one member of each team is an Australian registered architect.
The short listed entries for Stage 2 will each be paid an honorarium of $20,000 and at the conclusion of Stage 2, a winner will be announced. The City will offer a commission to the winning architect to design, document and administer the project through to completion.
*Core facilities comprise a public library, civic chamber, administrative and surplus office space, council services, urban room, visitor centre, café and specialty retail, together with the entire public realm of High Street within Kings Square
|Competition documents available and Registration & question period opens
||Tuesday 20 August 2013
|Briefing and site inspection
||Tuesday 3 September 2013
|Question period closes
||Wednesday 4 September 2013
|Registration period closes
||Tuesday 10 September 2013
||Wednesday 11 September 2013
||Wednesday 25 September 2013
||Monday 21/Tuesday22 October 2013
|Short listed competitors announced
||Friday 25 October 2013
|Stage 2 documents available
||Monday 28 October 2013
|Briefing of shortlisted entrants
||Friday 1 November 2013
||7-8 November 2013
|Questions and answer period closes
||Wednesday 13 November 2013
||Wednesday 27 November 2013
|Jury evaluation & presentations
||Monday 9/Tuesday 10 December 2013
||Mid December 2013
For more information visit http://kingssquare.fremantle.wa.gov.au/.