Locals can expect to see construction work in and around the old red brick warehouse on the corner of Kensington Street and Outram Street, as work begins on Central Park's Tonkin Zulaikha Greer-designed student residences. Although this isn't one of Central Park's 33 heritage-protected structures, TZG are choosing to retain the facade of this characterful old warehouse to continue the heritage character of this lovely (if currently bedraggled) streetscape. This week, work will begin to remove the building's roof and stabilise the facade.
All streets will remain open during these works, which are expected to take 10 weeks. Thereafter, main construction works will begin for the student housing project; these are expected to continue from September 2013 to December 2014.
Noise monitoring, dust control and stormwater run-off management are requirements of the Planning Approval and will be carried out by the contractor - their 24 hour contact details will be posted on-site.
This old warehouse has had a key role in Central Park's programme of temporary creative activations - for the past several years it has hosted students from the University of Technology's School of Architecture, providing rough and ready workspace for model-making, concept-testing and many exhibitions and end-of year events.
This is the first of several stages of work planned for Kensington Street, with work also soon to begin on the heritage Country Clare Hotel and Administration Building, on the Broadway end of the street. The Clare Hotel shut its doors last Friday, with boutique heritage hotel operater Unlisted Collection to begin renovations this month.
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