Towers work starts
THE former Scarborough Fair Markets and Contacio bar are being demolished.
Developer 3 Oceans has started demolition of the buildings at its site at the corner of Scarborough Beach Road and West Coast Highway to make way for ‘Iconic Scarborough’.
The Chinese-owned business appointed Perth company Brajkovich Demolition for the project.
Structural demolition is planned to start in midNovember and expected to take about two months at a cost of $500,000.
A 3 Oceans spokesman said it would try to minimise disruption to nearby residents and businesses and would recycle up to 95 per cent of materials recovered during the work.
Community group Sun- sets Not Skyscrapers is opposing the towers, but spokeswoman Robyn Murphy said the demolition was “not before time” as the existing building had become an eyesore and a health and safety hazard.
The group is collecting signatures for a petition to present to State Parliament requesting the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority reverse its approval.
Ms Murphy said the site clearing would draw people’s attention to the proposed 43-storey and 33storey towers.
“We continue to be amazed that so many people are unaware of the prospect of a huge skyscraper development on this site and they can’t wait to sign our petition when we tell them the main tower will be two-and-ahalf times the height of the Rendezvous Hotel,” she said.
“The public does not want this building.”