Old council building off to the recycling yard

The demolition of the City of Fremantle’s old administration building in Kings Square is now complete, with 95 per cent of the building’s materials recovered for recycling.

A total of 6443 tonnes of material was removed from the site, including 5841 tonnes of bricks and concrete, 294 tonnes of steel and 83 tonnes of general waste.

Our aim is for its new administration building to be one of the most sustainable buildings of its size in Australia, so recycling the materials from the old building was a great start.

As a One Planet council we are committed reducing waste and encouraging recycling in everything we do – and that includes recycling almost an entire building.

The bricks and concrete from our old building will be crushed and recycled as road base or drainage materials, while the steel will be recycled and used in the manufacture of new steel products.

Our target is for the new building to be zero carbon, so it will have a sophisticated automated opening façade system designed to capture Fremantle’s famous sea breezes and enable natural ventilation for most of the year.

It will have high-performance, well-shaded windows to minimise heat loss during cooler periods and minimise heat gain in summer, as well as other sustainability features like a solar PV system, energy-efficient LED lighting and water saving appliances.”

The demolition of the old administration building was carried out by experienced demolition contractor Delta Pty Ltd.

While the bulk of the project was carried out using heavy machinery, sections of the building connected to the historic Fremantle Town Hall were taken down by hand.

Scaffolding was erected to protect the Town Hall during demolition and noise, dust and vibration monitoring was conducted throughout the demolition process.

The project also included the removal of 224 tonnes of asbestos.

Strict environmental management controls, including airborne control sampling, were in place during the asbestos removal.

The old building was removed to make way for the City’s new civic, administration and library building.

The new building, designed by the world-renowned Kerry Hill Architects, is a key component of the broader $270 million Kings Square Renewal project – a joint initiative between the City and Sirona Capital.

Last month Pindan Constructions was selected as the City’s preferred contractor for the project, with the awarding of the contract now subject to final negotiations.

If those negotiations are successfully concluded construction is expected to start early next year.

For more information on the Kings Square Renewal project visit the Kings Square Fremantle website.

To watch a time-lapse video of the demolition of the old building click here.

New fig tree for Kings Square

The City of Fremantle has identified a suitable Moreton Bay fig tree to relocate to Kings Square.

The much-loved Kings Square ‘Christmas Fig’ was removed earlier this year because of its deteriorating condition and concerns about public safety.

The Fremantle Council approved the tree’s removal on the condition it would be replaced by another mature Moreton Bay fig tree.

The City’s Director of Strategic Planning and Projects, Paul Garbett, said a perfect tree had been located in Ord Street.

“The City commissioned an arboriculturalist to work with our project team to find a suitable tree based on criteria such as its size, health, shape and ability to be transported,” Mr Garbett said.

“From an initial list of 11 trees around Fremantle we shortlisted four of them for further consideration before finally selecting the best one.

“It will take more than a year to prepare the tree for relocation so we’re looking at the beginning of 2020 before it’s moved to Kings Square.

“I’m sure it will become a much-loved icon of Fremantle, just like the tree it’s replacing.”

The plan to relocate the fig tree from Ord Street to Kings Square was endorsed by the council last night.

The total cost to relocate the tree is expected to be around $45,500.

The City is also making progress with other elements of the public realm at Kings Square.

Three Whadjuk Noongar elders have been nominated by the Whadjuk Working Party to provide guidance to the City on how indigenous culture and history can be included in the renewal of Kings Square.

A concept for an environmentally sustainable lighting design has been developed, and a demonstration of different paving options will be installed next month.

Fremantle Council selects Pindan as preferred Kings Square builder

Fremantle Council has selected Pindan Constructions Pty Ltd as the preferred contractor to build the City of Fremantle’s new civic, administration and library building in Kings Square, Fremantle.

The new building, designed by the world-renowned Kerry Hill Architects, is a key component of the broader $270m Kings Square Renewal project – a joint initiative  between the City and Sirona Capital.

I’m delighted we’ve taken the next step forward in this very important project for Fremantle. We will now be in discussion with Pindan to agree on terms and look forward to progressing these negotiations.

Over the next month we will go through the process of ensuring maximum value for the Fremantle community before finalising the contract and the construction timeline.

Pindan was one of six shortlisted companies selected to tender for the once-in-a-generation construction project, a key component of the broader Kings Square Renewal project, which began in 2017.

The renewal of Kings Square will transform the Fremantle city centre and this new building will be the centrepiece of that from a civic and community point of view – I expect the new building will become the heritage of the future.

A further announcement will be made once a final contract is awarded.


Kings Square Car Park reopens Wednesday 31st of October

Following a multi-million dollar upgrade over the past seven months, the privately-owned Kings Square car park (formerly known as Queensgate) will partially re-open on Wednesday 31 October.

There will initially be around 470 bays available, with more bays coming on line as work is completed.

Good to have it open in time for the busy Christmas trading period.

The broader Kings Square Renewal project is progressing well and having the car park back in operation is another major milestone.

We’re pleased Sirona and their builder Probuild have honoured a commitment made earlier this year to have the car park back up and running by November.

The lead up to Christmas is a critical time for local traders in Fremantle who have told us having these bays available is very important. This will give them a boost, especially those businesses in and around Kings Square.”

The upgrades include structural works, protective epoxy coatings to decks, new paint and line markings, new lighting and services throughout.

The new lift and stairwell is expected to be completed in a few more months with the original lift and stairwell available until then.

Parking costs have been set at $3 per hour with a $9.00 early bird all day parking rate available.

As an opening special, car park owner Sirona Capital have announced there will be free parking between 6am to 7pm up to an including Sunday 4 November.


For any queries relating to the car park people should visit the Secure Parking website secureparking.com.au  or call 1300 727 483




1960s City of Fremantle Administration Building Almost Gone

The not greatly loved 1960s built City of Fremantle administration and library building in Kings Square will be completely gone in a matter of weeks.

The building was assessed as being asbestos-free last month, following a four month asbestos removal program to prepare it for the final demolition phase.

This final phase will see the building demolished with the majority of the structure recycled.  The site will then be prepared for the construction of a modern, competition-winning new civic, administration and library building as part of the broader Kings Square Renewal project.

Demolition activities are currently focusing on the delicate separation of the building from the Fremantle Town Hall, some of it done by hand to protect the heritage-listed building.

Pleasingly it has gone well and the original limestone wall of the Fremantle Town Hall are now visible for the first time in decades and will be a feature in the new civic building.



Award-winning architect Kerry Hill dies at age 75

I was very sad to hear today that internationally renowned architect Kerry Hill passed away over the weekend.

Kerry’s legacy of beautiful buildings will live on around the world. This includes many buildings in Singapore such as Martin No. 38 and Hana, to the Datai Hotel in Langkawi and The Lalu Hotel in Taiwan, to those here in WA including the stunning State Theatre Centre to the newly completed Perth Library.

Of course, the soon to be constructed City of Fremantle Kings Square Civic Building is designed by Kerry Hill’s Fremantle Office. Kerry Hill won an international architectural competition the City of Fremantle initiated for this important site.

Kerry spent much of his time in recent years in Singapore but each time I would see him in the streets of Fremantle he would enthusiastically quiz me on the progress of the Kings Square project. He was passionate about seeing this major project realised in his home base of Fremantle.

I believe a key way we can now honour his wonderful legacy is to see the beautiful Fremantle Kings Square civic and library building built as close to how he envisaged in as possible – as a high quality building that not only will the whole community be proud of; but will also be seen as the heritage of the future for Fremantle.

Here is an article on Kerry Hill today from Singapore’s The Straight Times:



Sirona Capital’s FOMO retail development, located in Kings Square, Fremantle, is a finalist in the World Architecture Festival 2018, with judging being held in Amsterdam in November this year.
The World Architecture Festival celebrates inspiring and outstanding architecture. It is the only architecture event where keynote talks from the industry’s most influential figures occur together with live judging presentations from over 500 award finalists.
It is the only global awards program where architects present their projects live to a panel of internationally renowned judges and delegates from around the world.
FOMO Fremantle, designed by HDR architects, has been selected as a finalist in the Leisure Led Development – Future Project category.
The $270m Kings Square Fremantle, which includes the new $50m City of Fremantle civic centre, is a transformational renewal project in the heart of Western Australia’s historic port city. It will become a major entertainment, retail, and employment precinct.
The project is underwritten by a 15-year lease to the Western Australian State Government for 20,000sqm over five levels and across two buildings to accommodate some functions of the Department of Communities, mainly Housing.
It also includes the introduction of FOMO, a new urban retail, food and dining destination, and the 830 bay multi-deck Queensgate car park.
Sirona managing director Matthew McNeilly said he was deeply encouraged that FOMO Fremantle had been shortlisted.
“We are thrilled our architectural team at HDR has designed a project that will inspire a renewed community vibe in Fremantle’s CBD, one which will contribute significantly to the city’s economic potential,” Mr McNeilly said.
“First and foremost, our focus has been on design excellence and for Kings Square to create a place that lives and breathes social activity enhanced by the inclusion of more than 1,500 government employees in office space above our innovative FOMO food, beverage and retail experience.
“FOMO – which is the heart the Kings Square redevelopment – is all about reflecting Fremantle’s ever-changing nature. While Fremantle has an established character of its own, FOMO will be a destination whose meaning is different for everyone.
“The fact that HDR has three projects shortlisted, including FOMO, tells me quite clearly that we have partnered with the right architectural team.”
HDR Principal Susanne Pini said, “Projects like this are so rare – the opportunity to truly craft an architecture around the community and know that it has the chance of being truly catalytic with a client and a team that believes in the power of design, the power of people and the power to change places – that’s truly transformational”.
The World Architecture Festival will be held in Amsterdam over three days from 28 November 2018.