INSPECTION: Checking out progress at the Devonport Regional Homemaker Centre site are (from left) Fairbrother Construction and Joinery general manager Tasmania Peter Killick, project manager John French and site construction manager Brett Coombs. Picture: Sonia Byrnes.THE Devonport Regional Homemaker Centre site has been a flurry of activity in recent weeks with more than a dozen bulldozers and graders levelling the massive site.
Representatives from Fairbrother remained tight- lipped about the deadline for the project and potential tenants during a tour of the site yesterday.
More than 60,000 cubic metres of top soil has been moved from the top of the site on the Bass Hwy to the bottom, making way for the construction of the 350,000 square metre Harvey Norman showroom.
The past weeks have seen up to 45 workers on site with that number set to swell to about 130 when construction is in full swing.
Project manager John French, from Fairbrother Construction and Joinery, said last week 20,000 cubic metres of soil, unsuitable for use as fill, was removed from the site.
The company’s general manager, Peter Killick, said the boulders removed during the excavation stage would be used by the Devonport Port Authority for rock walls for rivers and creeks.
The relocation of a 22,000 volt Aurora cable has been undertaken and work has slowed temporarily this week while a 600metre Cradle Mountain Water main supplying water to Latrobe and Wesley Vale is moved to the site boundary.
Mr French said the 30-year-old concrete water pipe had been replaced by a plastic high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe manufactured at Wynyard.
Trees were cleared from the site to allow excavation to begin on March 5.
“The bulk of the excavation work is now about 80% complete,” Mr French said.
“Now we’re working on all the infrastructure works, pipes and cables.”
Mr French said activity would pick up on the site again in two to three weeks once the water main has been relocated with the remainder of the excavation work to be completed and $500,000 worth of roadworks to be undertaken.
Once complete the multi-million dollar project will include a service station and McDonald’s on the lower corner and big box- style retail outlets.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.