Kingborough residents can look forward to more opportunities to live, work and play in the Kingston CBD after work began last week on Kings Quarter, a section of the Kingston Park development which incorporate homes, office, retail and lifestyle elements.
Several dignitaries joined staff from developers Traders In Purple to break ground on Stage 1 of the $300m project, which is being marketed as KQ to local and interstate buyers.
The Kings Quarter investment by Traders In Purple is expected to stimulate the Kingborough and wider Tasmanian economies over the next 10 years.
Long-term projects bring a significant number of jobs, traineeships and offer long-term contracts to local tradespeople, consultants and suppliers.
Speaking about the event, Traders In Purple Development Director for Tasmania Jennifer Cooper said that Kings Quarter is a partnership with Kingborough Council and represents the beginning of the revitalisation of the old Kingston High School site.”
Mayor of Kingborough, Cr Dean Winter said that council wanted an experienced development partner to deliver the residential and commercial parts of the site.
“Councils are experienced in building playgrounds, roads, footpaths and other public infrastructure but we are not developers,” Mayor Winter remarked.
“In order to achieve what we set out to accomplish with the site, we needed to find the right partner to develop it.
“Traders in Purple have the runs on the board with developments like this across Australia.
“They bring great expertise and have brought along local builders, contractors and even local real estate agents to work with them.
“The homes will be close to shops, the playground and parklands area.
“They will be a great addition to the area.”
The commencement of housing construction on the site follows the completion of the Community Hub, Health Centre, coworking spaces, offices, meeting rooms and a café on the site, with the playground expected to open in late March.
Ms Cooper said these community elements were important to the Kings Quarter development in many ways.
“Traders In Purple is committed to creating a new community for families and individuals of all ages and lifestyles at KQ and it will offer local contractors and suppliers long-term opportunities over the next 10 years,” Ms Cooper said.
“Apart from the 80 homes in stage one of Kings Quarter, the Masterplan also incorporates entertainment facilities and a 10,000 square metre modern, environmentally responsible commercial office space, which has the potential to create 800 full-time equivalent local jobs and a significant multiplier for the Kingborough municipality.
“The development focuses on community living for all ages and lifestyles with exciting recreation and employment options incorporated into the design.”
Premier Gutwein said the development is a bold, innovative project that demonstrates the confidence in Kingborough and the growing economy.
“The first stage of the development will result in the construction of 80 new, environmentally responsible homes, along with associated infrastructure, delivering over 60 jobs per annum during construction and over 600 new jobs once complete and millions of benefits to the local Kingborough community,” Premier Gutwein said.
“We are focused on growing our economy, creating jobs, and getting even more Tasmanians back into work as we continue to rebuild a stronger Tasmania and projects like this are exactly what our state needs as we continue to recover.”
Despite COVID-19 uncertainty, confidence in the project remains strong with “exceptional levels” of interest in the first stage at KQ and in Kingston in general.
The ground-breaking ceremony marks the beginning of construction and was brought forward due to increased interest and steady sales over the past few months.
Located adjacent to Kingborough Council's new multimillion dollar public park, streetscapes and landscaping in stage one at Kings Quarter was designed by Tasmanian landscape architecture firm Lange Design to integrate seamlessly with its surroundings. Along with the existing state-of-the-art health centre and the award winning Kingborough Community Hub, Kingston Park forms a new centrepiece for the Kingston Community.
“We attribute the growing interest in Kings Quarter to the fact it is located in the heart of Kingston and it is offering a diverse range of housing types including freestanding homes, townhouses and apartments,” Ms Cooper explained.
“Kings Quarter is all about lifestyle and community.
“New homes, situated next to award winning community facilities and Kingborough Council’s new park and playground, are designed to attract new residents of all ages to live in Kingston, close to the beach, great shopping centres and services and within commuting distance to Hobart.”
The fully landscaped residential and planned commercial and entertainment precincts will serve to interconnect with the four hectares of natural and curated public space that feature throughout the development.
Kings Quarter is intended as an innovative residential, retail and lifestyle destination, with the potential to reinvent Kingston and is part of the Kingborough region’s most significant urban regeneration project to date.
Pictured above: Traders In Purple Tasmanian development director Jennifer Cooper, Premier of Tasmania, the Honourable Peter Gutwein MP, Mayor of Kingborough, Cr Dean Winter, Traders In Purple Director Charles Daoud and Minister for State Growth, the Honourable Michael Ferguson MP all helped to turn the first sod at the Kings Quarter site when the project officially broke ground on Wednesday, February 17. (PS)