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WHY IS KINGS SQUARE BEING RENEWED?

Renewing Kings Square is pivotal to revitalising Fremantle’s city centre and ensuring its economic and social future.

The project represents an enormous investment in Fremantle of more than $270m and will inject over $350m into the local economy. It will also create more that 2,100 new local jobs on completion and more than 1,100 jobs during construction.

Kings Square Fremantle will attract new, world-class 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.

It will also be the catalyst for more new investment in Freo and more people wanting to visit and live and work here.

It’s a win-win for everyone.

WHAT WILL THE FUTURE KINGS SQUARE LOOK LIKE?

In two words... much better!

Kings Square will be transformed into a vibrant retail, commercial and civic centre. People of all ages and abilities will be able to eat and drink, shop, visit the new-look City of Fremantle community learning hub (which includes a new library) and linger in what will be a great place for people. Kids won't miss out with a fantastic new outdoor play space where they can explore and have fun.

Kings Square will rise to become a destination of choice for people all over the Perth metro area.

WHEN WILL IT START AND HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

Site works will commence in September and the total redevelopment will take about two years to complete.  There's a timeline on the homepage and plenty of ways to keep up-to-date including by checking back on this website!

 

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST AND HOW IS IT BEING FUNDED?

The total project development is estimated at $270m making it one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Fremantle's history!

Sirona Capital is investing $220m into the commercial precinct which includes redeveloping the former Myer building, replacing the Queensgate building and upgrading the Queensgate car park. There will be new offices across the two buildings and new prime retail and entertainment that will add to the Freo retail culture.

The City of Fremantle’s contribution is $50m to replace the current administration centre, library and visitor centre with a contemporary complex designed by renowned Fremantle architect, Kerry Hill & Associates. There will also be extensive work to upgrade community public spaces in the square. 

The City of Fremantle has confirmed that it can pay for its portion of the redevelopment without needing to raise rates above CPI levels. Find out more about how the City plans to fund its portion here.

WILL ANY ROADS OR FOOTPATHS BE CLOSED DURING CONSTRUCTION?

The intent is to keep Kings Square as accessible as possible to both pedestrians and vehicles throughout construction.

Footpaths and roads around Kings Square will remain open for the most part with only periodical closures of roads. E.g. when a major delivery is made.

Pedestrian access along Newman Court (the pedestrian access way which runs between the town hall building and the Myer/Queensgate buildings) will be closed to ensure public safety and as a laydown area for construction workers and their equipment.

CAN I HAVE A SAY IN DECIDING HOW THE PUBLIC OPEN SPACE WILL LOOK AND FUNCTION?

Yes! The City of Fremantle is currently developing a masterplan for the open spaces in Kings Square which includes the new children's playscape. The City has been consulting with local schools on this and later this year will be asking the broader community on what they want to see in terms of public open space design.  

Keep an eye on the City's community consultation portal MySayFreo or check out the City's other communication channels to see when you can provide your input on how you'd like the public spaces in Kings Square to look and function.

WILL THE NEW KINGS SQUARE BE ACCESSIBLE?

All visitors to the renewed Kings Square will have equal access to everything on offer with universally accessible change facilities for people of all ages and abilities and accessible lifts and ramps to all indoor and outdoor areas.  

We want everyone to be able to enjoy the new and improved facilities so accessibility is at the forefront of planning and design.

WHAT ARE THE WIDER BENEFITS FOR FREMANTLE?

Apart from the massive community benefits of having new facilities and public spaces within Kings Square, the renewal will attract new, world-class 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.

It will provide an estimated $350m boost to the local economy and will generate 2,100 new jobs.

WHAT ABOUT THE IMPACT ON LOCAL BUSINESSES DURING CONSTRUCTION?

Kings Square will be a construction site for a couple of years so it's likely there will be some disruption in the immediate area, including to local businesses. The City of Fremantle and Sirona will be supporting local traders as much as possible to minimise impacts. We can all play our part by continuing to shop, eat and drink at local businesses in and around Kings Square. 

WHAT'S HAPPENING TO QUEENSGATE CARPARK?

New owners of the car park Sirona will undertake a multi-million-dollar refurbishment which will make Queensgate a more attractive, cleaner, safer and reliable facility, with new easy to use equipment and payment machines.

The best and safest way for the refurbishment program to be delivered will require the carpark to close from time to time during the redevelopment of Kings Square. Users will be advised in advance when this will occur.

For information on Queensgate carpark fees and conditions click here.

WHO IS SIRONA CAPITAL?

Sirona Capital is a specialist alternative funds manager with a focus on urban renewal, private real estate and agriculture.

Sirona is located in the global natural resources hub of Perth, Western Australia and has become one of the State’s leading real estate developers and investors. Sirona is an active manager, controlling and operating the assets it develops or owns. Sirona’s principals also co-invest in every Sirona fund.

To read more about Sirona Capital - please click here.

WHY ARE SIRONA INVESTING IN THE KINGS SQUARE RENEWAL?

Fremantle is a very strategic metropolitan centre and a major tourism, retail and arts and culture destination. Recent efforts by the City’s Council and improved planning controls are seeing renewed interest in redevelopment of parts of the City. Leading the charge, Sirona has become Fremantle’s highest profile developer. Sirona is passionate about Fremantle investment and development, and has recently completed the Quest Apartment Hotel on Pakenham Street, the heritage award winning Heirloom apartments on Queen Victoria Street, and owns the Adelaide Street Plaza Shopping Centre.

The redevelopment of Kings Square will be the catalyst for Fremantle’s broader rejuvenation including a repositioning of retail trading, and providing world class amenity to boost and support the local community and the City’s highly important tourism and arts and culture industries.

Kings Square promises to be a truly transformative commercial and civic project.

WHY IS THE CITY OF FREMANTLE REBUILDING ITS CIVIC FACILITIES?

Fremantle Council is leading by example by committing to a high-quality sustainable development that will become the heritage of the future. By ‘building it once and building it properly’ council is directly investing into the future of Fremantle as Perth’s second city.

To find out more about why the City has taken the approach it has click here.

WILL THERE BE COMMERCIAL/RETAIL OPPORTUNITIES IN KINGS SQUARE?

Yes. There will be retail and commercial opportunities available!

For commercial opportunities, please register your interest and to find out more email [email protected].

For retail leasing opportunities please go to www.fomofreo.com.au or email [email protected].

WILL THERE BE WIFI?

Yes! To help you stay connected the new Kings Square will have free wi-fi throughout all public outdoor areas and most of the indoor spaces too.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?

For more information or to make a comment email [email protected] or call our dedicated Kings Square information line on *1300 KSFREO (1300 573736).

You can also register to receive email updates and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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