Makeover for Kings Square

WORK has fi­nally be­gun on the $270m Kings Square re­de­vel­op­ment, which is ex­pected to bring more than 2000 new work­ers into Fre­man­tle by 2020.

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THE first sod was turned as con­struc­tion be­gan on the $270 mil­lion Kings Square re­de­vel­op­ment on Fri­day.

City of Fre­man­tle of­fi­cials were joined by Queens­gate build­ing own­ers Sirona Cap­i­tal, State Gov­ern­ment min­is­ters and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity for the ground­break­ing event which had been years in the mak­ing.

Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt said the project would bring 25,800sq m of new com­mer­cial of­fices to the city cen­tre, which would house more than 2000 new em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing the Depart­ment of Hous­ing, as well as a new ad­min­is­tra­tion and civic cen­tre.

“The re­newal of Kings Square is the most im­por­tant project for Fre­man­tle in a gen­er­a­tion and will un­der­pin our eco­nomic fu­ture,” he said.

“Coun­cil’s $50 mil­lion com­mit­ment to de­liver a new civic, li­brary and ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing is a di­rect in­vest­ment into the fu­ture of Fre­man­tle

which can be achieved without the need to raise rates above CPI lev­els, and with debt and re­serves able to be re­in­stated within 10 years is a great out­come for Fre­man­tle.”

Sirona Cap­i­tal manag­ing direc­tor Matthew McNeilly said they were close to see­ing the area be­come a hive of ac­tiv­ity.

“Our plans for the re­tail com­po­nent are ex­cit­ing and will chal­lenge the con­ven­tional think­ing of not only re­tail prop­erty in Fre­man­tle but around the en­tire met­ro­pol­i­tan area,” he said.

More than 1100 con­struc­tion work­ers are ex­pected to be in­volved in the re­de­vel­op­ment, which us ex­pected to be fin­ished by 2020.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new square.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d473407

Matthew McNeilly, Brad Pet­tit and Ben Wy­att turn the first sod.

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