Thursday, 24 September 2020
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Ipswich CBD taking shape, library nears completion

Despite COVID-19 restricting workers on the Ipswich CBD site, the $250 million reconstruction are still on track to finish by the end of 2021.

The new Ipswich Central Library is taking shape, with General Manager Coordination and Performance Sean Madigan confirming the library is set to open in the coming months. 

“Our library teams are working quite furiously at the moment preparing a transition of services from the old library into the new library,” Mr Madigan said. 

The opening of those facilities are to be discussed at the next council meeting. 

Managing director of Hutchinson Builders Greg Quinn, said they acted fast in order to implement COVID-19 precautions in order to protect their workers. 

“Hutchies was quick to implement a range of measures across all of our sites and our offices earlier this year in response to COVID-19.

“We have strict protocols for regular hygiene, social distancing requirements and rigorous cleaning.”

But Quinn says the restrictions haven’t hindered the development. 

“The project has adapted well to the extra measures and we’ve been able to adjust how we work to suit these requirements to keep everyone safe and the project on track.”

“Hutchie’s reached practical completion for the first stages of the project on time earlier this month and is on track to complete the next stage being the civic spaces early next month. The remainder of the project is on track to finish next year,” he said. 

The continuation of the project is a breath of fresh air for the locals after the previous council left the council owned land undeveloped for years. 

Local business owner Alexis Cornish says that she’s excited about the prospect of the redevelopment bringing more foot traffic back to Nicholas St.

“I think it’s fabulous, it looks like it’s coming along really really well. After ten years of the mess that was left by the last council this will be wonderful.” 

Ms Cornish says it’s hard to foresee if COVID restrictions will impact the openings of the facility.  

“At this stage you’ve just got to play it by ear, everything’s so unpredictable we can only hope for the best,” she said.