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Fourth Tower at Kings Square Breaks New Ground in Perth

Michael Barr 10 Sep 2013

Perth city’s landmark Kings Square development reaches another milestone today with a sod turning ceremony officiated by Hon. John Day, Minister for Planning to mark the start of work on the fourth tower – KS4.

The KS4 tower is being developed as a joint venture between Leighton Properties and Seven Entertainment (a subsidiary of Seven Group Holdings) and will be built by Broad Construction Services (a 100 per cent subsidiary of Leighton Contractors). It is a continuation of the roll out of Seven Group Holdings’ master plan for Kings Square, a site which was once the home of the Perth Entertainment Centre and which Seven has owned or been a part of for nearly four decades.

Offering approximately 13,000sqm of commercial office space over 10 levels, the $97.8 million tower will be the new home for Western Australia’s largest health insurer, HBF.

It is the only project in Perth’s CBD to have four towers under construction at the same time. Expected to be completed in early 2015, these towers will accommodate over 4,000 workers and create an exciting, modern and vibrant new link between the city and Northbridge.

Leighton Properties National Head of Commercial, Andrew Borger, said the breaking of ground on the fourth tower at Kings Square signals another exciting stage in the development.

“The Kings Square master-plan is quickly coming together with the start of KS4,” he said.

“To have four towers under construction at once is truly ground breaking for Perth CBD and this achievement is testament to the outstanding caliber of the project. Many organisations are now looking at both productivity and efficiency gains to give their business a key competitive advantage and Kings Square delivers this – not only to one but a variety of users, from the technology to service sectors.”

“The project also demonstrates the Leighton Group’s collaborative approach and shows our capabilities in planning and delivering key projects in WA.”

“We are playing a vital role in the revitalisation of the Perth city centre and creating many new jobs for West Australians.”

Broad Construction Services General Manager - Building WA, Peter Moore, said “Broad is proud to be delivering two of the buildings within this prime Perth CBD location, for Leighton Properties. We look forward to enhancing our relationships with all involved in the project, delivering to high standards of safety and quality, and building on our reputation as a key contractor in Western Australia.”

HBF Managing Director, Rob Bransby, said “The sod turning for KS4 takes us one step closer to being part of this exciting new precinct in the city of Perth. We’re looking forward to having a home that really helps us to serve our members as their health partner.”

Seven Group Holdings Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Don Voelte, said “Seven has a long commitment to this precinct. For more than four decades, Seven has been linked to what is now Kings Square, and we are delighted to be involved in a development that will not only change the Perth skyline but play a key role in the city’s future.”

Kings Square is part of the $5.2 billion Perth City Link project initiated by the State Government.

Construction on towers KS1, KS2 and KS3 commenced in June 2013 and will house major tenants including Shell and John Holland upon completion.

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