(12/1/2018) Construction activity ramps up in the heart of Freo
Work to deliver the once-in-a-generation Kings Square Renewal project in central Fremantle is well underway, with the start of internal deconstruction at the former Myer building and pre-demolition work at the Queensgate buildings to prepare them for redevelopment.
Installation of construction hoardings around these buildings commenced this week, with demolition and construction works to become increasingly noticeable over the next few months.
Preliminary work to prepare the council administration and library site for demolition is also expected to begin shortly. Works will include closing public access to Newman Court, disconnecting power and water and removing asbestos. Demolition of the 1960s building will follow.
Last month the City of Fremantle shortlisted six companies who will be invited to submit tenders to construct a new civic and library building at the site.
Both Fremantle Acting Mayor Ingrid Waltham and Sirona Capital Managing Director Matthew McNeilly said they appreciated the community’s understanding that a degree of disruption is likely during the most important development project in Fremantle’s recent history.
“We’re now entering an important new phase of the project, which will ultimately see the heart of Freo transformed and revitalised,” said Cr Waltham.
“The City, Sirona and our contractors are doing everything we can to limit impacts around the construction site, but with activity ramping up from later this month there may be some disruptions, so we are asking the community for patience and understanding.
“There will also be opportunities for local businesses, with a Kings Square construction workforce of more than 1000 people needed to complete the project over the next couple of years – that’s a lot of people buying coffees, lunches and doing their shopping in Freo!"
Mr McNeilly said an important aspect of the project was to keep neighbours and other stakeholders informed as work progresses.
“We have an approved construction management plan, which includes things like traffic and pedestrian management as the movement of trucks, loaders and other essential equipment starts to increase over coming weeks,” Mr McNeilly said.
“Together with the City and our builder Probuild, we’ll be making sure we carefully manage all of this and most importantly, keep the community updated on any temporary road or footpath closures and other things that might have an impact on traffic or vehicle movements.”
As part of the project an archaeological dig will take place in various zones within Kings Square starting Monday 15 January.
The joint project between the City of Fremantle and Sirona Capital is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019 and will deliver a major new civic, retail and commercial destination in the heart of the port city.
About Kings Square Fremantle renewal
It’s by far the biggest project ever undertaken by a Fremantle Council and is one of the biggest developments in Fremantle’s history.
The coordinated renewal of the Fremantle city centre includes the redevelopment of the Queensgate Centre, Queensgate car park and former Myer building by Sirona Capital.
It will also deliver new civic/community buildings including the City of Fremantle administration offices and library, enhanced public spaces, and commercial and retail offerings.
The once-in-a-generation project will create a civic, retail, commercial and community hub that is a vibrant, active and safe place which reflects Kings Square’s unique position in the heart of Fremantle.
The project will create more than 2100 new local jobs for Fremantle once operational, injecting $358m into the local economy.