Published on 10 November 2016

The first concrete pour was completed on the LIVING CITY project today, with the Deputy Premier, the Honourable Jeremy Rockliff MP, Mayor Steve Martin and Mr Craig Edmunds, CEO of Fairbrother Pty Ltd joining forces to do the honours.

“Today’s milestone is significant as it confirms construction on Stage 1 is on schedule and prepares us for the major concrete pours and piling works ahead” said Mayor Martin.

“It’s an exciting day for Devonport and the North West Coast, with LIVING CITY now a reality for the region” said Mayor Martin of the $70 million LIVING CITY Stage 1.

“The significance of this concrete pour should not be underestimated as it signals the start of construction on a project that with physically transform Devonport and the broader region forever”.

“We’re beginning to see real progress on a number of fronts, with excavation works now having been completed and ground levels for the building foundations achieved”.

The construction team has been busy over the last few months removing over 20,000 tonnes of soil and rock from the site and replacing it with gravel sub-base, establishing the required foundation levels.

“Much of the excavated blue stone has been stored for use on future Council pathway projects and the former car park hot-mix surface has been processed into gravel for use across the construction site” said Mayor Martin.

The Food Pavilion and multi-storey car park are due to open in November 2017 and the multi-purpose civic building in April 2018.

The construction contract for Stage 1 has now been signed by Council and Fairbrother Pty Ltd, with works completed to-date undertaken as part of an agreed early works package.

The on-site workforce is expected to grow over coming months, with up to 250 workers to be on-site during peak periods.  Fairbrother estimate that with projects of this scale, typically 20% of the onsite employees are apprentices and trainees.

“To have up to fifty apprentices and trainees work on the construction of Stage 1 of LIVING CITY is a great outcome – and one of the key goals of LIVING CITY – jobs for our youth” said Mayor Martin.