Quar­ter space snapped up

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Com­mer­cial space at the Quar­ter is be­ing snapped up fast as the pro­ject nears its ex­pected com­ple­tion date in July.

About 60 per cent of com­mer­cial sites are al­ready ei­ther leased out or un­der ne­go­ti­a­tion.

Con­firmed oc­cu­pants in­clude Just You Beauty and a new restau­rant on the ground floor, as well as 11 State Govern­ment agen­cies to take up the en­tire se­cond floor.

An an­nounce­ment on three more ground-floor ten­ants is ex­pected to be made in com­ing weeks and a fur­ther 500sqm of of­fice space is un­der ne­go­ti­a­tion for the up­per three lev­els. Land­Corp chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Dean Mud­ford said the pro­ject was look­ing to fin­ish on time and on bud­get.

Just You Beauty owner Deborah Napier said she saw the move as an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand the busi­ness.

“I think it is go­ing to look fab­u­lous — that is part of the rea­son I wanted to be part of it,” she said.

“I’m hop­ing to em­ploy more peo­ple and I’ve been do­ing trainee­ships for a long time, so hope­fully I’ll be able to do more.”

Mrs Napier said this would be her last move, hav­ing been in her cur­rent premises for about 20 years.

Land­Corp is seek­ing quotes from lo­cal cur­tain and blind com- pa­nies to fit out the com­mer­cial build­ing, and is also seek­ing quotes from lo­cal con­trac­tors for the clean­ing of of­fices, land­scape main­te­nance, se­cu­rity and waste re­moval.

Two so­lar panel sys­tems are also be­ing in­stalled — one on the roof of The Quar­ter HQ and the other as part of a shade struc­ture in­stal­la­tion on the top deck of the carpark — which could make the Quar­ter the first Pil­bara build­ing to achieve a five-star Na­tional Aus­tralian Built En­vi­ron­ment Rat­ing Sys­tem rat­ing.

Mr Mud­ford said the apart­ments would help ac­ti­vate and sup­port city cen­tre busi­ness.

“Avail­able from July 1, 2016 for an af­ford­able rental of $300 per week, each apart­ment will have ac­cess to an un­der­cover car bay and be pow­ered by a so­lar panel sys­tem to help re­duce power bills,” he said.

“Since reg­is­tra­tions opened at the end of Jan­uary, we have had solid in­ter­est from the mar­ket.

“We an­tic­i­pate a greater level of in­quiry once the dis­play apart­ment is open for view­ing.”

Mr Mud­ford said a suit­able pro­po­nent for the ho­tel site had not been found af­ter an ex­clu­sive work­ing agree­ment with Ramtron was ended last year.

Four pieces of art de­signed by lo­cal in­dige­nous artists have been com­mis­sioned for the pro­ject.

Pic­ture: Land­Corp

The cen­tral area is an­tic­i­pated to be­come a hive of ac­tiv­ity.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

In­side the Quar­ter.

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