AN independent report has found the City of Fremantle’s new $50m administration building will have “little adverse impact” on Kings Square’s heritage.
The Griffiths Architects report said the new building would not have an unfavourable effect on the heritage values of the neighbouring Fremantle Town Hall and St John’s Anglican Church, concluding with “in many ways the values of the Town Hall will be enhanced by underpinning and sustaining the historic and social functions associated with the place and its site, together with those of Kings Square”.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said there was a clear focus to design a building that would “stand the test of time to last 100 years or more”.
“While serving its purpose for more than 50 years, the current building is highly inefficient from an environmental and operating cost perspective, suffers from concrete cancer, has significant asbestos contamination issues and does not meet legal disability access requirements,” he said.
“What we didn’t want was to build something which, like the current civic and administration building, needs replacing in 50 years’ time and council made a conscious decision to ‘build it once and build it properly’ in determining the design of the new building.
“As well as the positive heritage implications, the new buildings will deliver better facilities and customer service experiences to the people of Fremantle.”