Shopping centre works send CBD crumbling down

Progress is continuing on the QIC development in the Toowoomba CBD. Once finished a two-level retail galleria will link Grand Central to the former Gardentown Shopping Centre.
Progress is continuing on the QIC development in the Toowoomba CBD. Once finished a two-level retail galleria will link Grand Central to the former Gardentown Shopping Centre. Nev Madsen

QIC Global Real Estate managing director Steven Leigh has confirmed demolition works at the site of the former Gardentown Shopping Centre are proceeding well.

"In November, our building contractors Probuild completed the demolition of the former council library building, car park and the small office building, and they are significantly progressed on the demolition of Gardentown," Mr Leigh said.

"Demolition works on the former shopping centre are expected to be completed in early February next year.

"Detailed construction management plans are in place to ensure all works are staged to minimise impacts on the general public, local businesses and neighbours.

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Demolition works in the Toowoomba CBD.
Demolition works in the Toowoomba CBD. Nev Madsen

"We have been advised by Probuild that all works are being undertaken in compliance with council approvals and requirements, which include stipulations for dust and noise management, and will be carried out in accordance with strict safety and environmental regulations.

"Probuild has also advised they are taking all possible steps to minimise dust, including constructing dust suppression hoardings around the perimeter of the site and wetting work areas down."

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An artist impression QIC's Grand Central redevelopment. Contributed
An artist impression QIC's Grand Central redevelopment. Contributed

Grand Central will continue to trade as normal throughout the development, providing customers with access to a comprehensive range of existing fashion, food and leisure retailers, and important community services.

The development will double the size of Grand Central to a total of 90,000 square metres.



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