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Fremantle Town Hall

Fremantle Town Hall External Conservation Works


Fremantle, WA


City of Fremantle


Hocking Heritage Studio


Hocking Heritage Studio

Contract Type

Construct Only


Project value


Months to build




  • 2018 Master Builders Australia – National Historical Restoration/Renovation Award
  • 2018 Master Builders WA – Best Historic Restoration or Renovation $1.5-5M
  • Restrictive Site Access
  • Live Operating Environment
  • Existing Structure Works
  • Public Interface

The Fremantle Town Hall, first constructed in 1887, is one of the City’s most notorious heritage listed structures. The renewal was the largest conservation project undertaken to date by the City of Fremantle; including the removal of the existing paint layers, masonry facade repairs and restoration, slate and galvanised roof replacement with lead flashing installations throughout. Timber elements were restored and repainted, the clock mechanism was refurbished, new cast aluminium balustrades and finials fitted, lightning protection system upgraded, mechanical services reconfigured, internal stormwater upgraded, atrium retiling and numerous other restoration works

Numerous innovative techniques, material and practices were implemented when undertaking the conservation works, for instance:
• Paint removal products and techniques
• Collection and disposal of lead based paint
• Timber repair techniques and products
• Natural hydraulic lime
• Cast aluminium powdercoated modular balustrades & finials

The coordination and programming of works was heavily coordinated with the City of Fremantle staff and events department. The offices within the Town Hall remained operational for the duration of the works, except during the asbestos removal works to the roof spaces above.


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