Demolition marks Freo milestone

West Australian

10th October 2018.

The $270 million renewal and revitalisation of Fremantle's Kings Square precinct will reach another milestone this month when demolition starts on key local government buildings.

Built in the 1960s, the City of Fremantle administration and library facilities were assessed to be asbestos-free last month after a four-month asbestos removal program.

This paves the way for final demolition and recycling of the structures in coming weeks to prepare for a new civic, administration and library building, to cost $50 million.

Removal of the existing administration and library facilities marks a pivotal stage of the broader Fremantle Kings Square Renewal Project, after gutting the former MyerQueensgate building and carpark.

The City of Fremantle estimates this total project will inject about $350 million into the local economy and create more than 3000 local jobs, during construction works and after completion.

"We expect Kings Square Fremantle will attract new, worldclass retail and professional services to the city's centre, transforming the local economy from a predominantly weekend to seven-day-a-week, all-day, cycle," a City of Fremantle spokesman said. "It will be the catalyst for more new investment in Fremantle and attract people wanting to visit and live and work here.

"The more people, the more attractive it becomes to open businesses and build new housing options." Demolition activities at Kings Square this month will include delicate separation of the City of Fremantle administration and library building from the heritage-listed Fremantle Town Hall.

City of Fremantle administration and library staff and services relocated to the former Dockers headquarters at Fremantle Oval in December 2017 and are expected to shift back into Kings Square on project completion in 2020.

With about $220 million invested by Sirona Capital, when finished, the Kings Square precinct will incorporate a commercial centre with a redeveloped former Myer-Queensgate building and carpark, office space and prime retail and entertainment elements.