This is what things looked like in 1987 from the Brisbane Street end. The main access point between the mall and Bell St will be restricted to the ‘City Plaza’ arcade while the road is under construction.
There will be changes to pedestrian access around the mall from Monday, 11 February.
The old lawn and paved areas surrounding the rotunda in Ipswich’s mall are now a distant memory.
The road is being demolished to make way for a new one-way Nicholas St, new building facades and future retail and dining precincts.
This means pedestrian access changes regularly so it will always be a good idea to look out for signs showing the way, program director Luke Peereboom said.
For now, access between the car park, Ipswich mall and the Bradfield Bridge is still via a temporary walkway.
However, from Monday, 11 February, pedestrian access between Ipswich mall and Bell St will be via a temporary walkway through the Bell Street Link building, next to the former St George bank office. There will be signs to Bell St.
“JMac Construction crews have been busy onsite since late 2018, investigating underground services, removing paving, jackhammering and digging before removing tonnes of concrete and rock,” Mr Peereboom said.
“As the road phase of the redevelopment progresses, some short-term changes will be made to existing pedestrian access points to allow crews to expand their work areas and commence work on new parts of the road.”
Stair and ramp access from Bell St to the mall area will be open 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Once roadwork is finished, during the day cars will be able to drive from Brisbane St, down Nicholas and Union Place, and on to Bell St.
There will be passenger drop off and pick up points. And at 6pm each day, automatic bollards will be activated, turning Nicholas St into a pedestrian-only entertainment zone.