And then there were three: Kings Square design competition shortlist announced


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 competition

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

Stage 1

Activity Date
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
Submissions open Wednesday 11 September 2013
Submissions close Wednesday 25 September 2013
Jury evaluation Monday 21/Tuesday22 October 2013
Short listed competitors announced Friday 25 October 2013

Stage 2

Stage 2 documents available Monday 28 October 2013
Briefing of shortlisted entrants Friday 1 November 2013
Clarification meetings 7-8 November 2013
Questions and answer period closes Wednesday 13 November 2013
Submissions close Wednesday 27 November 2013
Jury evaluation & presentations Monday 9/Tuesday 10 December 2013
Winner announced Mid December 2013

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8 Responses to And then there were three: Kings Square design competition shortlist announced

  1. bel says:

    Let’s hope the architects remember families and kids. A modern and inspiring kids library and playground could draw young families during the week. The library does already but they don’t stay long because there isn’t much more to appeal.

    • Mstiziana says:

      I have to agree with bel 100%. Playgrounds don’t have to be swing sets and slides, the discovery playground outside Perth Museum is great fun for enquiring minds of all ages. I’d like to see more communal seating and plenty of shade too.

  2. Mary Del Casale says:

    Please don’t create a box but make or as permeable as possible with translucent aspects and able to be visible from afar.

  3. amy says:

    Lets hope Fremantle council chooses a Fremantle architect, lets support local ideas for a local development!

  4. Damien says:

    How about we all stop analysing and get on with development – Melville and Cockburn councils will leave Freo for dead if we don’t push on – the city is decaying before our eyes

  5. Jackson says:

    Great selection of Architects here. As much as I like to support local architecture I don’t think it should be one of the main determinants here. The quality of the development is more important. McBride Charles Ryan are one of Australia’s most exciting practices. They’re doing some really unique stuff in Victoria. Kerry Hill produces elegant work, but having already designed the State Theatre Centre, City of Perth library and Berndt Museum at UWA, it would be nice to see Fremantle take a different approach. Looking forward to seeing designs.

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