LIVING CITY comes on stream
Published on 12 October 2017
Construction on all three buildings in LIVING CITY Stage 1 continues to gather pace.
Devonport City Council Mayor Steve Martin said, “The work-sites are a hive of activity with up to 170 workers currently on site and these numbers are expected to exceed 200 in peak times in the coming months.”
“Work on the new food pavilion Providore Place and the carpark are well advanced, although there have been some delays to tenancy fitouts within the pavilion and this will impact on the opening date.”
“The more complex multi-purpose building was always expected to take around six months longer to complete, and at this stage Fairbrothers remain on track to be completed by mid-2018.”
“Fairbrother’s current priority is the multi-level carpark which they are aiming to have completed and fully operational for the Christmas retail period.”
“With an exciting project like LIVING CITY everyone is eager to see things completed and open as soon as possible, myself included, but Council recognise the huge amount of work involved. With workers on site, six days a week and 10 hours a day there is no doubt the contractors are doing all they can and the efforts of everyone involved are certainly appreciated.”
Providore Place Manager Matt Eyles said, “We had hoped to have Providore Place operational this side of Christmas, but with construction progress subject to weather and supplier delays, and considering the tenant requirements, a late January commencement date for the first activities is more likely.”
“The current plan is to bring Providore Place online progressively starting from around Australia Day next year. Activities will then ramp up in the market hall as the fitout of the various tenancies is completed over the following few months,” Mr Eyles said.
“We consider the period to completion of the multi-purpose building and market square to be something of a soft opening for Providore Place, a time to try out ideas and activities for and with the community.”
Mayor Martin said, “Since commencing Stage 1 Council has added the relocation of the Regional Art Gallery into the LIVING CITY precinct. As a result, there will be a delay in the handover of the market square but this will ensure that the Gallery relocation is completed in conjunction with the opening of the new multipurpose building, allowing the full precinct to be completed.”
“The area between the existing construction site office, multi-purpose building and market square will remain a construction zone until mid-2018.”
“Safe pedestrian access will be provided to Providore Place from the carpark and from Oldaker Street during this time, but it will place some restrictions on the operations of Providore Place, until the market square is fully complete.”
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