Mid­dle­ton Beach works start

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Stage one of the long-awaited Mid­dle­ton Beach re­de­vel­op­ment has be­gun, with Tri­coast Civil start­ing pre­lim­i­nar­ily works on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

It was the first ma­jor work at the site since the Es­planade Ho­tel was de­mol­ished in 2007.

Ini­tial works in­clude the re­align­ment of Flin­ders Pa­rade and the round­about. Tri­coast op­er­a­tions man­ager Da­mon Lawrence said it was ex­cit­ing to start work.

“We’ve been look­ing for­ward to this, we’re ex­cited to get un­der way and it’s go­ing to be a good project,” he said.

“The first part for us is to do the re­align­ment work for that sec­tion of Flin­ders Pa­rade, so we’re go­ing to do that as soon as we can.”

Mr Lawrence said he ex­pected the ini­tial re­align­ment to be fin­ished by De­cem­ber.

The road­works will re­align Flin­ders Pa­rade be­tween Bar­nett Street and Ade­laide Cres­cent and build a new sec­tion along the Mid­dle­ton Beach fore­shore.

The re­align­ment dras­ti­cally al­ters the in­ter­sec­tion, push­ing the main round­about fur­ther west, al­low­ing for a ho­tel devel­op­ment to the north­west of the Three An­chors restau­rant. The Mid­dle­ton Beach ac­tiv­ity cen­tre was ap­proved by for­mer plan­ning min­is­ter Donna Faragher in Jan­uary, paving the way for con­struc­tion works to be­gin on the area, which in­cludes the for­mer Es­planade Ho­tel site.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Tri­coast op­er­a­tions man­ager Da­mon Lawrence and site su­per­vi­sor Terry Hodgkin­son.

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