Tenders from experienced contractors for a major redevelopment of Civic Square, as part of the Launceston City Heart Project, are being called for by the City of Launceston.
“What came through very clearly in the various public consultation programs regarding the Civic Square redevelopment was that it is currently just a thoroughfare,” Mayor Albert van Zetten said.
“The design that has been drawn up for Civic Square is striking and contemporary, but it also has a nod to our past through symbolic references to the city's medical innovations, the streetscape of early Launceston, and the city's relationship to the three river systems that converge here.”
The redeveloped Civic Square will comprise of three linked spaces, an events space with associated infrastructure like three-phase power, a family play area, and a dining and social gathering space.
He said the council hopes to works would be complete in early 2018.
“The Civic Square redevelopment is just a small part of our desire to transform central Launceston into the premiere business, retail and lifestyle hub of Northern Tasmania - an attractive place for future CBD investment and a hub of activity,” he said.
Liberal Senator for Tasmania, David Bushby, welcomed the redevelopment plans for Civic Square.
“I am delighted by the tangible action being taken to refresh parts of the city’s centre and I am eager to see the finished project,” he said.
“In addition to providing a much needed facelift, the redevelopment of Civic Square will act as a shot in the arm to the local economy, providing real work opportunities to successful contract applicants.
Civic Square is the largest open public space in Launceston’s CBD at 4500 square metres.
Works will include the installation of 15 new storm water pits, 21 dynamic lighting poles, two catenary lighting systems, 176m of LED strip lights and 10 umbrellas.