A new-look Macquarie House is on track for completion in early 2019.
More than 30 workers have been helping move the redevelopment along.
VOS construction manager Brent Wilcox said the build had been challenging because having to work with the existing fabric of the building.
“It’s a really old building in Launceston that hasn’t been used for a really long time, so that’s been really exciting,” he said.
Most of the internal work in the existing building has been completed, Mr Wilcox said.
City of Launceston council project manager Kevin Hutt said the council wanted to upgrade the building, but keep it as a heritage focus in the city.
“Renewing and upgrading the existing building is critically important to the fabric of the city,” he said.
“So what we’ve done is upgrade the external fabric by introducing some lighter colours which contrasts the beautiful sandstone heritage aspect of the building.”
Macquarie House was built in 1850 and was used as a warehouse, with a strong link to Melbourne.
A new area at the back of the building is being constructed.
A glass walkway, on each level of the building, will connect the old building with the new.
“It’s happening at the back so that it doesn’t detract from the heritage of Macquarie House so that it doesn’t distract from the heritage from Civic Square,” Mr Hutt said.
“The rear of the building is a service component and is clad in timber so it’s a wonderful contrast.”
Works began on the redevelopment in August.
“We’re really happy from the City of Launceston perspective with the process and the quality that the contractor is bringing to the project,” Mr Hut said.
Enterprize will move into a custom-built innovation hub at the site, once it is completed. The project, a part of the Launceston City Deal, has been five years in the making.
Public toilets will also be reconstructed on the site.
The refurbishment is expected to cost about $3 million.
It’s a really old building in Launceston that hasn’t been used for a really long time, so that’s been really exciting.Brent Wilcox