(7/3/2018) Kings Square demo ramps up
Fremantle’s landmark Kings Square Renewal project has entered a new phase with demolition activity in the city centre gathering momentum in recent weeks.
The project will see the civic and commercial heart of Fremantle transformed over the coming years into a civic, retail and commercial hub.
The renewal is set to attract workers, shoppers and visitors back into Western Australia’s only formal town square, which was the centrepiece of Fremantle’s original 1832 town plan.
With demolition and construction activity gathering momentum, the City has closed access to Newman Court and installed directional signage and artists’ impressions to give the community a glimpse into the future.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said he was pleased with progress, which was becoming more visible every day.
“In recent weeks we’ve seen our project partner Sirona make good inroads into the Queensgate building demolition with two giant excavators on-site tearing down the façade,” Mayor Pettitt said.
“With demolition of the former council administration and library building starting soon we’ve closed off Newman Court to allow pre-demolition work to begin.
“Fence signage has been installed to make the area more attractive, help with pedestrian movement and to promote the project and surrounding businesses.
“It’s understandable some local traders might be anxious about the impacts construction may have on their businesses, so we’re continuing to roll out a variety of measures to assist the local economy get through the next couple of years,” Mayor Pettitt said.
Looking after local traders
The City is continuing to work closely with local businesses to minimise disruptions as much as possible and has implemented a number of initiatives including:
- free one hour parking in surrounding streets
- an ongoing series of local trader forums to keep businesses informed
- regular face-to-face walk arounds to update local traders
- directional site signage and ‘shop local’ messages
- waiving alfresco dining permit fees for eateries around the construction site
- a dedicated “Tradie Specials” page set up on the City’s destination marketing website Fremantle Story
- brokering access for local traders to have direct access to the construction workforce’s site offices and lunchrooms to promote deals and specials.
The City is also working with its Kings Square project partner Sirona Capital on a localised marketing campaign and place activation initiatives to attract people to the area throughout the construction phase. As part of this, the City will relax signage policies to enable more creative marketing of businesses in the area.
The City and Sirona have also developed a project website (www.kingssquarefremantle.com), dedicated social media channels and an email and SMS alert system to keep both businesses and the broader community informed on the project.
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 owned by Sirona Capital.
It will also deliver new civic/community buildings including City of Fremantle administration offices and library, enhanced public spaces, commercial and retail offerings.
This 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.