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Revitalisation planned for Invercargill’s inner city

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  • June 20, 2018
Revitalisation planned for Invercargill’s inner city

Invercargill’s inner city can expect a complete renovation as HWCP Management releases its plans for the new area. The team presented the $160 million project which will target the sprawling retail precinct.

Architectural renderings show a modern take on the inner-city which also incorporates the existing Kelvin Hotel, former Bank of New South Wales building and Reading Cinemas complex.

Designed by Buchan Group, the fly through video shows extensive plans for the area; reveling design considerations that pay homage to Invercargill’s heritage buildings.

Buchan Group senior associate, James Burgess, said his team was acutely aware of the city’s strong connection to its heritage buildings and wanted to convey a look that supported those structures.

“The design enhances what’s already there – we wanted to complement and respond to the existing city grain,” he said.

“With the necessity of having to bring down some of the unsafe buildings in the block, we wanted to pay homage to the city’s heritage and history.”

Keepings things local, the group are using as much local labor and services as it can, with an expected 400 jobs generated from the construction phase.

As a long-term project, HWCP will open a pop-up shop on Esk Street  where members of the public can come in and take a look around the plans for the development.

Doors to the pop-up shop will open to the public on June 22 and it will be open seven days a week.

Reports from HWCP acknowledge that there have been attempts to revitalise the area but due to poor foot traffic and being a major seismic risk, the precinct has left alone to lack soul and presence.

HWCP chairman Scott O’Donnell was joined by other members of the team to present architectural renderings of the $160 million project.

The $160 million is set to come from funding options both public and private.

“This is a project that has been near and dear to so many hearts for such a long time and we’re excited to finally be in a position where we’re able to share that vision with everyone,” O’Donnell said.

“Invercargill’s long-term outlook is very much on the table here and we think this redevelopment absolutely places it in an upward trajectory.” 

O’Donnell presented plans which outlined the redevelopment’s sprawling retail precinct, car parking spaces, diverse and global eatery complex, a medical centre and the office and apartment spaces.

So, what can be expected for the new retail redevelopments?

  • 1000 carparks split over four levels. One which is designed for use of farmers markets and car shows
  • A boutique eatery combining a diverse range of cuisines and businesses
  • Retail shops, ranging from a large anchor retailer to small boutique stores
  • Open-air laneways that connect the food and retail precincts to the offices and medical centre
  • A central medical centre with scope to include an ambulance bay
  • An outdoor courtyard for working professionals and families, providing a space for people to enjoy lunch outside
  • Offices and apartments overlooking the Invercargill CBD

HWPC are expecting the new area to attract 10,000 more people to the area by 2025. As the project has only just been announced to the public, retailers taking tenancies are yet to be disclosed.

Demolition work is expected to commence in early 2019, with a development programme of 3-5 years to follow.

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