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