Capturing the pulse at Freo’s heart

Weekend West

10th August 2019.

Set to transform the civic heart of Fremantle, the $270 million renewal of Kings Square has taken another step forward with the award of a $1.6 million contract to upgrade public spaces in the area.

Perth-based civil engineering and construction company MG Group will construct stage one of the public realm upgrade planned as part of the City of Fremantle and Sirona Capital-backed Kings Square renewal.

“The contract is for the provision of civil works to Newman Court and part of High Street to complete the public realm adjacent to the new Sirona development and the city’s new civic centre and library,” City of Fremantle Kings Square Project Director Russell Kingdom said.

“The scope includes supply and installation of concrete pavement, cobbles and pavers, soft landscaping, lighting and electrical, CCTV, furnishings and other associated works.”

Designed to revitalise the area, the redevelopment of Kings Square – the largest public- private infrastructure project in Fremantle’s history – aims to capture the pulse of the city,

weaving together art, architecture, culture, retail, food and experience.

Speaking to West Real Estate, Sirona Capital Managing Director Matthew McNeilly said the development, dubbed FOMO Freo, was set to transform the heart of the city back to its former glory, albeit with a contemporary twist.

“Sirona Capital is investing $220 million to build a commercial and retail precinct and refurbish the existing car park,” he said. “The commercial portion incorporates 20,800sqm of office space, while the retail precinct at FOMO covers 5500sqm.”

The third component is the City of Fremantle’s civic project, which will replace the current administration centre, library and visitor centre.

“With a contribution of $50 million by the City of Fremantle for this civic component, there will also be extensive work to upgrade community public spaces in the square, including a new nature playground,” Mr McNeilly said.

“With around 2000 people destined to work in Kings Square, many will ultimately live in Fremantle to be close to their employment base.”

Expected to be completed by mid- 2020, City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the redeveloped precinct was estimated to inject $358 million into the local economy.

“Most importantly, it will bring people back to the heart of Fremantle,” he said.

“Not only will it make Kings Square a safer, more attractive and vibrant space, it will also better enable Fremantle to thrive as a seven-day-a-week economy.

“We are already seeing the catalytic effect the Kings Square project is having in Fremantle’s city centre, with numerous  proposals to develop new residential apartments, commercial spaces, hotels and hospitality venues.”