Mak­ing re­tail his­tory

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Tony Rag­gatt tony. rag­gatt@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

SEVEN months i nto t he $ 180 mil­lion Stock­land rede­vel­op­ment that will de­liver Myer to Townsville the pro­ject is al­ready chang­ing the re­tail land­scape of the city.

These aerial shots, com­mis­sioned by lead con­trac­tor Laing ORourke, show the ex­tent of progress that has seen tonnes of con­crete, steel and other ma­te­ri­als re­moved in prepa­ra­tion for con­struc­tion of what will be the largest ma­jor shop­ping cen­tre in the re­gion.

Stock­land cen­tre man­ager Ian Robert­son said the de­vel­op­ment was chang­ing the re­tail land­scape of Townsville as it would be the first time a ma­jor shop­ping cen­tre has gone to two lev­els of re­tail space. ‘‘ The pour­ing of the first sus­pended slabs that will form the new Woolwo r t h s t e n a n c y i s n o w un­der­way and we are pre­par­ing to pour the sus­pended slabs that will form our twolevel Myer store,’’ Mr Robin­son said.

‘‘ It is an ex­cit­ing mile­stone for us and you can see from the aerial shots how the de­vel­op­ment is ris­ing from the ground fur­ther each week.’’

The old IGA su­per­mar­ket, Com­mon­wealth Bank build­ing and Nathan St mul­ti­level car park were de­mol­ished in Novem­ber to make way for a new con­cept Wool­worths and state-of-the-art three level car park.

On com­ple­tion, the de­vel­op­ment will in­crease the gross let­table area of the cen­tre to about 46,000sq m and in­clude a 12,000sq m, two-level Myer store on the cor­ner of Ross River Rd and Nathan St.

‘‘ We have re­moved three large build­ings and have been able to re­cy­cle about 37,000 tonnes or ap­prox­i­mately 80 per cent of associated waste ma­te­ri­als,’’ Mr Robin­son said.

‘‘ There has been more than 6000sq m of ground slabs poured to date, much of which has in­cor­po­rated a re­cy­cled com­po­nent into the mix help­ing us t o work to­wards achiev­ing our aim of a 4-star, Green Star rat­ing.

‘‘ With the pour­ing of the first of our sus­pended slabs, we are on track to open the first stage of the car park and new con­cept Wool­worths store late this year as per our de­vel­op­ment sched­ule.’’

The de­vel­op­ment is ex­pected to be com­pleted mid2012 and will boast over 180 spe­cialty stores with a fo­cus on high-end fash­ion, hun­dreds of new cus­tomer park­ing spaces and im­proved bus in­ter­change.

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