Making retail history
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.