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By Willow Aliento
September 6, 2017
The city of Fremantle in Western Australia is a hot spot for construction jobs right now, with the official ground-breaking on the $270 million Kings Square renewal project on September 1.
More than 1100 full-time construction workers are expected to be employed over the next 2.5 years bringing the plans to life, according to City of Fremantle Council.
The ground-breaking ceremony saw representatives from lead contractor Probuild, development partner Sirona Capital, Council and the the WA Treasurer and Minister for Finance Ben Wyatt picking up the ceremonial shovel.
Plans for the redevelopment – the largest public-private infrastructure project in the city’s history – include 25,800 square metres of new commercial office and retail space, and a new administration and civic centre for the City of Fremantle.
Construction is expected to be complete by 2019.
“Since our appointment to construct Kings Square in May, we’ve been working extensively with Sirona and the City Of Fremantle to bring their vision to life,” Probuild Western Australia managing director, Sam Delmenico, said.
“Our early contractor involvement with Sirona and the consultant team has allowed us to leverage our national experience in the commercial sector, share this expertise and collaborate with all parties to ensure value-driven outcomes during this crucial planning phase.”
Mr Delmenico said the company is proud to be injecting more jobs into the WA economy.
As well as the jobs created building it, more than 1500 Western Australia State Government employees will be relocating to Kings Square early 2020.
Sirona Capital Managing Director Matthew McNeilly said the city Council’s commitment to civic renewal and its determination to grasp the opportunity of Kings Square was integral to Sirona investing $220 million into the precinct.
“The attendance today by Treasurer Ben Wyatt, Minister for Housing Peter Tinley, and member for Fremantle Simone McGurk is yet another indication of the State Government’s support for this project,” Mr McNeilly said.
“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.”
City of Fremantle Mayor, Dr Brad Pettit said the project is the most important in the city for a generation, and will underpin its economic future.
“As well as providing a much-needed boost to the local economy, renewing the Freo city centre will provide fantastic new community and commercial facilities sympathetic to the heritage values of the area and designed with high levels of environmental sustainability and energy efficiency,” Dr Pettit said.
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