THE Tasmanian Government last week announced that demolition work has begun to make way for Citta Group's $100 million redevelopment of Parliament Square, which aims to revitalise the cultural, business and heritage of Hobart's cityscape and provide a link from the city centre to the waterfront.
Premier Lara Giddings said the stage one demolition works, which involve 6 Salamanca Place, 2-4 Salamanca Place and other auxiliary buildings in the Parliament precinct, will take about six months, with construction of the new office building and refurbishment of heritage buildings scheduled to commence in early 2014.
"It is fantastic to see Parliament Square progressing to the next important stage of the development," Ms Giddings said.
"The Government recognises the significance of this project in creating jobs and opportunities for Tasmanians, which is why we took decisive action late last year to clear the last planning hurdles for it to proceed."
The demolition works are being carried out by local contractor Macquarie Builders. Approximately 80 per cent of materials in the demolition are expected to be salvaged and reused in other aspects of the development, including red bricks and timber beams to be incorporated in bars and restaurants in the precinct.
In April 2009, Citta Group was nominated as the preferred proponent to redevelop the Parliament Square site, which has an area of approximately 8,100 square metres and is located within Hobart's Waterfront Precinct, immediately adjacent to Tasmania's Parliament and Hobart's Central Business District.
Designed by FJMT Architects, Citta Group's proposal includes a five-star-rated green office building, shops and cafes, open public space and an amphitheatre with a large screen for public events.
Whilst the proposal has been assessed and approved multiple times by all relevant planning authorities, the project has endured a prolonged appeals process. Last year, the government introduced new legislation to fast-track the project and disallow current and future appeals.