Exciting times ahead for the construction and building industry in 2018 for the Newcastle, Central Coast and Hunter Region. With an estimated $1.6 billion development spend (1) on infrastructure and upgrades along with billions of dollars’ worth of building approvals submitted, it’s definitely going to be a busy year ahead for NSW’s fastest growing region.
Here are just a few projects currently underway or due to commence in and around Newcastle in 2018.
Light Rail and public transport upgrades
Newcastle’s New Central Railway Station is already under construction. Picture: Peter Lorimer Source: News Corp Australia
A new light rail along with a whole new public transport system will see trains, buses and ferries all linking in together making it much easier to navigate Newcastle by public transport. The $500 million project is due for completion in 2019.
Add to this a new inner-city bypass, the hunter expressway and infrastructure improvements at Mayfield and West End along with other improvements to roads in and around Newcastle, the area will definitely become a much more enjoyable place to live and visit.
New Cruise Terminal
Newcastle Cruise terminal design. Source: portofnewcastle.com.au
2018 will also see a brand-new cruise ship terminal evolve at Carrington. With Sydney already at cruise ship capacity, the new Newcastle terminal (3), which is due to be completed at the end of 2018, will see an approximate boost of $11 million dollars in tourism as a result.
With more and more Aussie’s embarking on cruises, this development will bring more jobs and greater interest to the area.
Also at Carrington, the Hire Rite team recently installed temporary fencing to the new Thales site, which will see existing structures dismantled and scrapped to make way for new boat building facilities.
Queens Wharf Development
Queens Wharf Tower. Source: TheHerald.com.au
It’s coming down finally! After 30 years, the Queens Wharf Tower will be dismantled.
The giant… err… phallic shaped eyesore has been the brunt of many a lewd joke over the years and has caused much embarrassment to the city. Finally, after a Newcastle City Council vote, the unfortunate landmark will be dismantled in 2018 to make way for a redevelopment of the space.
Along with these major developments, if you add into the mix CBD upgrades, preparations for the V8 Supercars, new health and aged care facilities, the opening of the Gosford Hospital redevelopment and other major commercial and residential projects, it all adds up to an exciting and much needed upgrade to our great city.
We look forward to seeing all these great developments take shape and being involved in some or all of these projects as they get underway.
Have a development that’s due to kick off? Call Hire Rite Temporary Fence on: (02) 4956 9060 (Newcastle) or (02) 4311 9133(Central Coast) and talk to us about your temporary fencing needs.