Kings Square Cultural Precinct Redevelopment

Design Feature
Type of Project
Infrastructure, Placemaking
State
Western Australia
Location
Urban

The Kings Square cultural precinct redevelopment signals a new era for Fremantle. At $250 million+ it’s by far the biggest project ever undertaken by a Fremantle Council and is up there as one of the biggest developments in Fremantle’s history. This once-in-a-generation project will see the heart of Fremantle transformed into a vibrant cultural, community cultural and commercial hub in coming years.

Concept image: Aerial view of the Kings Square redevelopment
Concept image: Aerial view of the Kings Square redevelopment

Building a sense of place 

The project commenced in mid-2017 following an announcement by former WA Premier Colin Barnett on 10 November 2016 that more than 1500 state government workers will be relocated to Kings Square in 2020. The project involves the coordinated redevelopment of some properties currently owned by the City of Fremantle (the Queensgate building and the Queensgate Carpark), and the former Myer building now owned by Sirona Capital.

Concept image: Fremantle Council building
Concept image: Fremantle Council building

The Queensgate building and carpark will be sold to Sirona who will then redevelop all these properties together, including the former Myer building to house 1 500+ state government department workers and other commercial, retail and hospitality tenants. The current City of Fremantle administration building (not including the town hall) will be demolished and a new administration building and community spaces will be built in its place – this will be done by the City. The end result is a coordinated approach to redeveloping the entire Kings Square precinct.

Concept image: Kings Square public space
Concept image: Kings Square public space

The project will stimulate more activity during the working week, more people that may move to Fremantle to be closer to work in the city centre, provide space for more shops, more money for the local economy, more indirect jobs created, more community events, improved community safety and a better reputation for Fremantle. With more activity, the city centre will be a better place to live in, work in and visit.

Concept image: Kings square retail facilities
Concept image: Kings square retail facilities

The project will create more than 2100 new local jobs for Fremantle once operational – injecting $358 million into the local economy. It will also be a catalyst for more investment in Freo – the more people that want to visit, live and work in Freo, the more attractive it becomes to open new businesses and build new housing options.

Concept image: Kings Square community facilities
Concept image: Kings Square community facilities

Importantly, it will redefine Kings Square as a cultural precinct with a strong sense of place, and above all will become a more attractive place for people via access to improved public open spaces and community facilities.

Project Team 

  • Sirona Capital
  • City of Fremantle

Project Cost 

$250 million+

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