The most important city centre redevelopment in a generation is about to begin which will see the heart of Fremantle transformed into a vibrant community, retail and commercial hub in coming years.
Probuild will develop a more detailed demolition/construction schedule in the coming weeks.
Here’s a few things you might like to know:
What will a renewed Kings Square look like?
The former Myer building, Queensgate building and carpark, the City’s current council building and surrounding public spaces will be all be redeveloped in a coordinated way. We can all look forward to:
- a revamped city square complete with landscaped and grassed areas, public art and new street furniture
- a state-of-the-art community learning hub including library, visitor centre and One Stop Shop for over 55s
- a major new children’s playspace
- new office space for more than 1500 state government workers who will relocate to Fremantle
- high-quality retail and dining offerings
- a new council administration building with purpose-built indoor and outdoor community spaces and meeting rooms which better connect to the historic town hall
- fully accessible toilets with adult and baby change facilities
- new lighting and CCTV.
When will it start and how long will it take?
We expect the first stage of works will commence around August 2017 with project completion in 2019. Sirona are managing the precinct-wide development.
How much will it cost and how will it be funded?
The total development is estimated at around $270m with Sirona contributing $220m and the City’s building costing $50m. Our financial modelling has confirmed we can fund our portion without the need to raise rates above CPI levels or sell income generating assets.
The redevelopment of Kings Square will strengthen the City’s long term financial position at the same time as injecting hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Will there be an impact on local businesses during construction?
There’s much to look forward to for local business but there may be some short-term impacts during construction, particularly to those traders around Kings Square. The City and Sirona will be working closely and personally with these traders in advance of the construction works starting to help minimise disruptions.
What are the wider benefits for Freo?
The renewal of Kings Square will create more than 2 100 new local jobs and inject over $350m into the local economy. It will redefine the heart of Freo and become a more attractive place for people, to work, visit, shop and dine. More workers and visitors in central Fremantle will be great for local businesses and the community gets new and improved public spaces and facilities.
How and when will I find out more?
Locally impacted businesses will soon be contacted directly with more information. We’re also developing a dedicated project website and social media channels. There will be lots of ways for you to find out more and provide feedback.
Over the coming weeks, the mayor and your local councillors will be heading to the suburbs to show you what the $270m Kings Square Renewal project involves, its benefits, how long it will take and what it will mean for you.
This is your opportunity to ask questions face-to-face with your local elected
The upcoming precinct presentations are:
- Hilton: Tuesday 20 June, 6.45 pm at Fremantle PCYC (Arts Space) (34 Paget Street Hilton).
- North Fremantle: Thursday 22 June, 6.00 pm at North Fremantle Community Hall (2 Thompson Road North Fremantle).
- City: Saturday 24 June, 11.30 am at Fremantle Arts Centre (1 Finnerty Street Fremantle).
- South Beach Community Group and South Fremantle: Sunday 25 June, 4.00 pm at The Meeting Place Community Centre (245 South Terrace South Fremantle)
- Hilton: Tuesday 27 June, 6.30 pm at Samson Recreation Centre (44 Mc Combe Avenue Samson)
- Fremantle Inner City Residents Association: Tuesday 4 July, 6.00 pm at Fairweathers Bar (old Fremantle Hotel - corner of Cliff and High Streets, Fremantle).
- White Gum Valley, Gibson Park and Beaconsfield: Tuesday 4 July, 7.30 pm at White Gum Valley Primary School (29 Hope Street White Gum Valley).
- Fremantle Society: Tuesday 25 July, 7.00 pm at The Meeting Place Community Centre (245 South Terrace South Fremantle).