Probuild was awarded the tender for stage one of the town centre at Frasers Property Australia’s Ed.Square and construction has begun – along with the creation of 600 local jobs on the project.
The town-centre project includes a 25,000-square-metre “superneighbourhood” centre designed to be a landmark shopping and dining hub.
The Ed.Square community next to EdmondsonPark train station will house 90 specialty shops, including a full-line Coles supermarket and Liquorland.
The town centre will provide a shopping, dining and entertainment precinct incorporating an eat street, fresh-food market place, Event cinemas, waterplay area and healthcare facilities.
Frasers has already secured leases covering more than 30 per cent of available retail space in stage one of the town centre.
Other retail uses committed are seven restaurants and several cafés, gym, childcare centre, hair salon, nail bar, beauty shop, massage parlour, barber, newsagent, fishmonger, medical centre, dentist, chemist and optometrist.
The Probuild contract also includes four residential apartment buildings with 300+ homes, along with about 1500 car spaces. There will be six-plus hectares of open space and a variety of home styles and floorplans.
Building stage one will generate more than 600 local jobs with completion due late 2020. The DA for the first stage of the town centre and residential precinct was approved in September and 200 homes are already sold.
Peri Macdonald, Frasers’ executive general manager (retail), welcomed the Probuild appointment and start of construction of stage one. “This is a major milestone in the creation of Ed.Square and we’re excited about construction of the town centre,” he said.
Probuild’s NSW managing director NickGaudry said Probuild was excited to be part of such a fantastic mixed-use project and to continue its successful relationship with Frasers. “We’ve unparalleled experience in high-rise residential and retail builds across the country and we’ll draw on this to deliver the first stage,” he said.
A proposed second stage of the town centre could bring the total retail space to up to 40,000 square metres.