Two-year wait for Myer

Written By miftah nugraha on Sabtu, 02 Februari 2013 | 19.55

SHOPPERS excited about Hobart's new $100m Myer complex are likely to be waiting well into next year before surging through the front door.

Work is expected to start on the development in Liverpool St this month.

The Hobart City Council will close the Liverpool Link walkway between Cat and Fiddle Arcade and Liverpool St after city shops shut tomorrow night.

Workers will spend several days removing council infrastructure, including the walkway and seating.

Project architect Andrew McCreary, from Hobart's Designhaus -- one of the country's oldest architectural practices -- said work at the site should begin this month.

Designhaus director Richard Crawford is the superintendent of the complex, which will be constructed by Hutchinson Builders, a century-old national firm with a Tasmanian office.

"The first stage is likely to take closer to two years," Mr McCreary said.

"After construction, Myer will need to do their fitout and then the transferring of stock."

There had been hopes the first stage of the five-storey redevelopment would be open by Christmas this year.

But Mr McCreary said it was likely to be closer to Christmas next year.

He said the design would "bring the focus back on the CBD".

Fire destroyed a large section of the Myer store on September 22, 2006, and much of the Liverpool St building had to be demolished.

Mr McCreary said builders would initially erect fencing and set up an office on site.

He said substantial excavation and underpinning of the existing rivulet wall and surrounding properties would take place.

"And a large crane will be set up," Mr McCreary said.

Designhaus has created a Facebook page with information about the project.

The second stage of the redevelopment will take place on Murray St.

It will include new high-end fashion stores.

The Hobart City Council has plans to turn the CBD into a magnet for visitors and residents and will soon start work rejuvenating sections of Liverpool St.

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