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THE recent start of installation of structural steel for the three-level car park has been another milestone in the construction of the much-anticipated new multideck car park at the Ballarat Station precinct.
A total of 280 tonnes of structural steel will be used in the construction of the 405space commuter carpark, of which around 130 tonnes has already been installed.
Visiting the site, the Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard said the commuter car park, part of stage one of the redevelopment, is due for completion by the end of the year.
The structural steel is being fabricated and installed by Plinius Engineering Pty Ltd, a Ballarat based company with a successful history since it was established in Ballarat more than 50 years ago.
Ground-level concrete slab pours have also been completed, with the concrete formwork and placement managed by another Ballaratbased company, Tooheys Form-crete.
The finished car park will be a significant improvement to current informal parking arrangements with more spaces available in a modern facility with lighting and CCTV.
Stage Two of the project will involve refurbishment of the Goods Shed, construction a 4-star hotel with 77 rooms and associated car parking, development of public space, and linking the internal access road to Lydiard Street.
Overall, the redevelopment will inject more than $51 million into Ballarat’s regional economy, restore and commercially activate the Goods Shed, and support Ballarat’s CBD revitalisation through increased visitation, spending, investment and job creation in the region.
The Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment is supported by the Victorian Government’s $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.
“The car park construction continues, and the installation of the steel should provide Ballarat locals with confidence their 405-space commuter car park is progressing well,” Mr Howard said.
“This first stage – one of three for the precinct redevelopment – is all about delivering the multi-level car park for station commuters, to be followed by Goods Shed and bus interchange works.
“There has been significant investment in projects across Ballarat totalling around $500 million which will revitalise the city and cement its position as a place where people want to live, work and do business.”
This article first appeared on saveourstationballarat.com
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