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Word About Town

Have you noticed an abundance of building activity all over Invers since lockdown was lifted?

So have I.

Today I made it my mission to grab a few pics of the goings-on and put it up here.

The major extensions at PAK ‘n Save are also coming to an end. The extensions add another 38% to the floor area….more room for grocery bargains.

Pak N Save redevelop well inderway.
Photo: whatsoninvers.nz

To make way for last weeks demolition of their old shop on Tay Street, Hannahs are now on Esk Street next to Bronze Connection.

Hannah’s are now on Esk Street, next to Bronze Connection. Photo: whatsoninvers.nz

Watch the demolition of the old Hannahs store on Tay Street.

I started at the “top” of the city, Racecourse Rd to be precise to check out site works on what will become Blue Duck Early Learning Centre.

Blue Duck Early Learning Centre. photo: whatsoninvers.nz / Malcolm Gayfer

The centre is being built on land owned by the Southland Racing Club and is literally at the front gates of the Ascot Park Racecourse.

Here’s what it will look like when it’s finished.

Blue Duck Early Learning Centre. photo: whatsoninvers.nz / Malcolm Gayfer

The word is the the Southland Racing Club plans to free up land it owns around the course for housing. With the BUPA facility now well established close by this area will become a hive of activity if the housing development goes ahead. Can’t see why it won’t

Will Kennedy from Kennedy Builders is doing the construction of the new early learning centre.

Now into town. Have you tried the new NPD self service gas station on Dee St yet?

Photo: whatsoninvers.nz / Malcolm Gayfer

It’s all open and waiting for you to gas up.

Now to the Invercargill Business Park. Plenty going on here.

There are two sites being developed at the moment. I checked in with Russell Cunningham  Properties Ltd general manager Vicki Corkill to get the goss. Unfortunately lips are sealed on  most of this so we are not at liberty to reveal too many details.

Invercargill Business Park. Photo: whatsoninvers.nz / Malcolm Gayfer

However we can reveal that the site on Arena Ave is partly spoken for with 2000 square metres taken and another 1000 square metres  available for lease. The available area will look out on to The Industry Cafe block so you’ll be able to smell the coffee and scones.

If you are looking for space, this could be for you.

Photo: whatsoninvers.nz / Malcolm Gayfer

Mrs Corkill says the base building should be ready for fit out in the new year.

Just over the way, another building is rapidly taking shape. Contractors were unloading concrete wall panels when we were there.

Photo: whatsoninvers.nz / Malcolm Gayfer

In the city centre, the Invercargill Central development and the ILT’s Langland’s Hotel projects are quickly taking shape. We were lucky enough to have a look over the Langlands complex recently…..when it’s finished it will be very impressive.

 

Work has started a new Creative Centre for the S I T at the former St John’s Church site on Tay Street.

Photo: whatsoninvers.nz / Malcolm Gayfer

The Creative Centre will include the church, a three-storey, 2250sq m new building on the footprint of the church hall, an atrium joining the two and a cafe extension to the north of the church facing Esk St.

Specsavers have moved from Esk Street to the corner of Esk & Kelvin Streets. Who remembers the days of Dangerous Rhythm upstairs?

Specsavers now on the corner of Esk & Kelvin Streets.
Photo: whatsoninvers.nz

It’s not only commercial work that’s underway, there’s plenty of exciting residential projects on the go keeping our tradies and building supply businesses busier than a busy thing in spring.

It’s all go in Invers!

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