Published on 14 June 2016

Construction is about to start on Stage 1 of Devonport’s $250 million LIVING CITY transformational project, with Fairbrother Pty Ltd preparing to commence work on-site next week.

Stage 1 will deliver a multi-purpose civic building, 530 space multi-storey car park, Food Pavilion and outdoor public spaces.  The multi-purpose building will be home to an 800 plus seat convention centre, an expanded LINC facility, Service Tasmania and Council’s offices.

Acting Mayor, Alderman Annette Rockliff said “This is a major milestone and a significant day for our City”.

“Stage 1 construction will be the catalyst for future private investment. LIVING CITY will transform the heart of Devonport and bring economic benefits, tourism and jobs growth to our City” said Alderman Rockliff.

Local builder Fairbrother is expected to have a workforce of up to 250 on-site during the 18-month construction period.

Fairbrother North West Manager Darryn Smith said “We have started to engage with neighbouring businesses over the last few weeks to inform them about upcoming works”.

“Our aim is to minimise any impacts of the upcoming demolition works.  We would like to thank everyone for their support as we create these amazing new facilities for the people of Devonport” said Mr Smith.

It is expected at least half of the spaces in the Rooke Street car park will remain available for the next eight weeks, until Fairbrother require them to be closed to commence work on that portion of the site.

Council is open for business at its temporary home, the Former Harvey Norman building at 17 Fenton Way. Entry to the customer service desk is via the Fenton Way car park on the Northern Side of the building.

Further information on the LIVING CITY project can be found at