The transformation of the Blacktown CBD has taken another step forward with the signing of a $55 million contract for construction work associated with the redevelopment of the Warrick Lane precinct.
Blacktown City Council has entered into a contract with A W Edwards Pty Ltd for the construction of an underground carpark, an open plaza and public park above the carpark, and 2 buildings flanking the plaza.
In welcoming the contract, Blacktown City Mayor Stephen Bali MP said; “A W Edwards has a proven track record in the construction of major public projects.
“The partnership between Blacktown City Council and A W Edwards will yield a huge public asset and will ignite the rejuvenation and development of the CBD,” Mayor Bali said.
A W Edwards CEO, Mr Greg D’Arcy said; “A W Edwards welcomes the opportunity to be part of the team on the Warrick Lane project that will transform the Blacktown CBD into a vibrant and welcoming space for the community.
“Warrick Lane is a transformational project and a vital part of Blacktown City Council’s 2036 Strategic Plan.”
Demolition of the building housing the former Blacktown Mall, at the corner of Main St and Warrick Lane has been completed and the site cleared. The remaining buildings will be demolished later this month after the Westpac branch in Main St has been relocated.
Following the completion of all demolition work, the site will be handed over to A W Edwards for the construction of the carpark, plaza and associated buildings.
Mayor Bali said; “Council has insisted that the construction contractors put in place strict dust, noise and vibration minimisation measures.”
The 470-space carpark will have world-class facilities including electric car charging points, disability access, lift access and parking space availability indicators.
The Main Street Plaza and 2 flanking buildings will provide a new CBD centrepiece providing open space, gardens, restaurants, retail shops and some office space.
Mayor Bali said; “The Warrick Lane project will pave the way for the construction of further multi storey buildings on land adjacent to the precinct providing commercial, retail and housing space and a home to Australian Catholic University’s Blacktown campus.”
The Civic Park and plaza are due for completion in August next year, with the carpark expected to be open late 2020.