WESTPOINT Shopping Centre has undergone a massive transformation in the last 12 months, but it’s not over yet.
Work commenced in November, 2017 on a $10 million project to expand both the retail facilities and the car park in Windradyne.
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To date, two new wings have been constructed, existing retailers have moved to new spaces within the complex and a new section of the car park has been built.
Hines Constructions owner David Hines said that one of the final stages of the car park upgrade was in progress, which involves relocating a lot of the existing services and leveling the old car park.
“Basically we’ve gotten rid of all the rises in the car park and it’s all on one grade now,” he said.
The old Wark Parade exit onto Suttor Street has been closed for this stage of the works, but it should reopen before Christmas.
One of the major announcements under the $10 million plan was to effectively double the size of the IGA supermarket.
Now that D’Aquino’s has moved into the new wing on the northern side of the complex, the expansion of IGA can get under way.
The newsagent will move soon, but the butcher will remain in the same location.
Mr Hines said the hunt for tenants to fill the available retail spaces was going well.
“Jonathon Carlile, our retail manager, he’s in discussions with a new hairdresser, a new coffee shop proprietor and a couple of other retail specialist shops,” he said.
“There’s a restaurateur we’re talking to as well.”
Another major addition to Westpoint will be the childcare centre, which is located upstairs in the northern wing and spans the entire floor.
To aid people in getting to both the childcare centre and the medical centre, a lift is being installed.
Mr Hines said the childcare centre was almost complete and still on track to open in mid-January.
The development has been a huge undertaking for Hines Constructions and not without its challenges, but Mr Hines said he was very pleased with how the project had gone so far.
“I’m really happy with the effort that our project management and site management teams have gone to,” he said.
“They’ve worked in really well with the retailers and the general public in a very difficult, intricate project.”
Work at Westpoint is due for completion by June, 2019.