THE first sod has been turned as construction began on the $270m 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 that has been years in the making.
Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said the project would bring 25,800sqm 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 $50m 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, this 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, with work expected to be finished in late 2019.
What will be included in the new Kings Square precinct?
-Retail and dining
-Commercial and office space
-City square with landscaped grassed area, shady trees, public art and new street furniture
-New children’s play space
-New council administration and civic building
-Indoor and outdoor community spaces and meeting rooms