Ipswich City Council has awarded the largest contract in its history to Hutchinson Builders for construction of the new council building, library and civic plaza in Nicholas Street in the CBD.
The $140 million contract will also see an upgrade to the existing car park, finalise works in progress on Nicholas Street and Union Place and oversee the completion of the Bremer Street traffic ramps.
Interim administrator Greg Chemello advises that council officers will soon be finalising the design with Hutchinson and reviewing every aspect of the project to ensure the best possible value for Ipswich ratepayers.
John Berlese, Hutchinson’s construction team leader, says the company is pleased to be able to continue its working relationship with council, seeing the current redevelopment as an extension of the work done a few years ago to clear the old Woolworths building and tighten up safety and security in the existing car park.
Greg Chemello also advises that leasing negotiations with potential retailers are progressing well and the restoration of Murphy’s Pub is still well underway.
With the overall progress of the redevelopment having been slow to date, Hutchinsons and Ipswich City Council are excited at the project now being set firmly on the road to completion and the ultimate delivery of the new and rejuvenated Ipswich central business district to the community.