Timelapse of Kings Square Redevelopment – Demo Feb-April 2018

And while we are talking Kings Square…

Renders of New Library in Kings Square

These new renders of the soon to be built City of Fremantle library in Kings Square look great.

It will include a spacious interior with double height ceilings, natural ventilation and light as well as fantastic new outdoor under-croft areas.

 

 

Kings Square Demo Progress

The former Myer building is now a skeleton! The solid bones of this building means it doesn’t have to be fully demolished. Once refurbishment is complete this will become the office for around 1500 state government workers relocating to Freo. Here are some photos from Kings Square Fremantle Renewal 

Freo’s city square set for $8m public space upgrade

Fremantle Council this week approved concept plans to upgrade public spaces in Freo’s historic Kings Square.

The key components of the $8 million upgrades which form part of the broader renewal of the Kings Square precinct include:

  • more shaded areas, with a 5% increase in tree canopy
  • over 2,300sqm of public gardens and grassed areas
  • a new outdoor interactive children’s play space with artistic light and sound elements
  • a designated church yard and urban garden area
  • new paving and street furniture extending further out to the edges of the square
  • a greater priority on pedestrians but with the retention of service vehicle access, universally accessible parking and vehicle drop-off zones
  • flexible outdoor spaces for events
  • wider footpaths to encourage alfresco dining
  • historical interpretation including glass floor viewing windows to interpret the former church and other material found in recent archaeological excavations
  • enhanced lighting and CCTV coverage.

The concept aligns well with the community’s vision to reenergise the heart of the city, making it a safer and more welcoming place.

Kings Square is Western Australia’s only formal town square and it’s been a huge part of Freo’s history since the mid-1800s. Our number one priority is to attract people back into the civic and commercial heart of Fremantle. I’m confident these plans will achieve this while at the same time respecting the history and cultural heritage of the area.

When we first started consulting the community in 2012 the key themes coming through were for planning to prioritise pedestrians, deliver high-quality landscaping and shade cover and to bring back activity to all areas within Kings Square – the recent consultation reinforced this.

The plan includes multiple zones including a kids’ play space, quiet shaded areas for people to relax in and flexible spaces for events and other community uses. The end result will be a safe and inviting multi-purpose place for people of all ages, abilities and interests.

The endorsement of the plan follows an extensive public consultation phase where more than 350 individuals, organisations and community groups provided feedback in workshops and via formal comments and submissions. This included around 160 school-aged kids who took part in one of five design workshops for the new play space.

The City will now move into the detailed design phase which will include budgeting and staging options as well as further traffic modelling, accessibility and safety audits, consultation with the Whadjuk working party and selection of colour palettes and materials.

Kings Square Progress

For those of you not of Facebook etc I thought the recent video of the demolition of Queensgate was worth sharing.

Good to see work gather pace on this transformational project for Freo.

We are currently focused on how we can improve both signage and other things to assist nearby businesses during the disruption. Newman Court is likely to close on coming days as more permanent hordings go up in preparation to demolition of  the City of Fremantle building.

Please make the most of the new free parking around Kings Sq and support business in the precinct .

 

Queensgate Car Park Closure

A message from Sirona Capital:The Queensgate car park will be closed from Tuesday 3 April to facilitate the car park’s multi-million-dollar refurbishment, as part of the Kings Square Fremantle renewal.

The carpark is expected to be closed for about five months.

We understand this will come as a surprise because we initially told you we did not plan to close Queensgate car park during refurbishment. We don’t like having to make this announcement and we’re sorry that it is going to inconvenience many people.

FAQS

WHY IS THE CARPARK BEING CLOSED?
It’s all about safety. We decided to close the carpark after receiving the results of extensive structural testing of the carpark’s concrete and steel-reinforcement by Probuild and Sirona’s specialist consultants. It was concluded that work to remediate and protect the structure was far more extensive than anyone had originally expected.

Full closure means that the refurbishment can be finished sooner, it will be safer for the public and construction workers, and will deliver a much better result.

While the carpark is still safe and fit for purpose, a staged refurbishment simply isn’t possible.

WHAT ABOUT THE FREMANTLE INTERNATIONAL STREET ARTS FESTIVAL?
We know how important the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival is to retailers and the local community. With more than 150,000 people expected in the vity centre over the Festival’s four days, we wanted to do our bit to help the Festival to be a success.

That’s why we have insisted the start of refurbishment is delayed until after the Festival.

WHAT WILL BE DONE TO THE CARPARK?
Refurbishing the 40-year-old carpark will involve removing all redundant and corroded steelwork and applying protective coatings to halt any further degradation and substantially increase the car park’s
operational life for decades to come.

We are providing new lighting, bigger lifts, better accessibility, modern equipment, increased security
and a better-looking building.

The Sirona and Probuild teams will be working at a cracking pace to have the car park ready well ahead of the Christmas 2018 shopping period.

WHAT ABOUT PERMIT HOLDERS?
Queensgate’s permanent parking customers will relocate to the Collie Street car park.

WHERE ELSE CAN I PARK IN FREO?
The City of Fremantle has a range of parking options available in the Fremantle city centre.

The soon-to-be-opened 155-bay Cappuccino Strip carpark on the corner of Parry Street and South Terrace will help provide alternate parking.

The Point Street carpark has this month come back under the City’s control and the top level is being reopened adding 105 bays. This is in addition to a temporary carpark recently opened at this location with around 50 bays.

Parking directional signage is also being refreshed to make it easier for motorists find a place to park in Freo.

Go to the City of Fremantle website’s parking section for more information on other places to park in Freo.

 

 

Last Meeting of the Council…

While the last of the Ashes at the WACA is generating much reflection, here in Freo it is the last of the council meetings in the current Kings Square that is having us reflect on the end of an era

Tonight the City of Fremantle will hold its last council meeting at the William Street administration building before it is demolished and redeveloped as part of the $270m Kings Square Renewal Project.

From January 2018, all council and committee meetings will be held at the North Fremantle Community Hall while the City’s administration, offices and library will temporarily relocate to the former Fremantle Dockers building at Fremantle Oval.

I’m sure the last meeting at the 50-year-old council chambers will bring back many memories. As a council we’ve had a lot of memorable moments here, like the huge crowd in the public gallery when we approved the Esplanade Youth Plaza, signing off on Kings Square and approving Amendment 49 to pave the way for a more vibrant inner city. But I’m also really excited by what lies ahead because our new building will be a great addition to the rejuvenation of the Fremantle CBD.

The City will remain at Fremantle Oval until the civic administration building is completed, which is expected to be late 2019.

For more information and FAQs about the relocation visit: www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/themove