Preparatory works to start in Brisbane St Mall
Published on 13 April 2018
Preparatory works will begin in the Brisbane St Mall next week, ahead of a major redevelopment of the space as part of the Launceston City Heart Project.
The Baker Group will officially begin construction later this month.
Ahead of construction proper, 17 trees and nine planter tubs will be removed next week and relocated to the Council's tree nursery until works are complete.
The mall's roof structure will also be relocated to North Bank, where it is intended to be used as a shelter area as part of that major park redevelopment.
Safety fencing will also be installed in the mall next week, leaving a 3m-wide corridor around the perimeter of the mall so that all shops remain easily accessible during construction.
Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten thanked businesses and other mall stakeholders for their support for the project.
"Over recent months we've been holding regular meetings with Brisbane St Mall business stakeholders, and I want to sincerely thank them for their constructive input and support," Mayor van Zetten said.
"Before construction can begin in earnest later this month there are some preparatory works we need to undertake, and those are the things people will start to see from Monday.
"Retrofitting a public space is always a challenge, and we hope people will be patient during the construction. We will be working hard to keep the space operating as efficiently as we can throughout the works program.
"Access to all Brisbane St Mall businesses will remain open during construction, and we're working hard to deliver the residents of Launceston a revitalised retail public space that meets contemporary standards, and enhances the amenity of the area."