New entertainment precinct on the way

The internal progress.

The future home of new entertainment and recreation in Ipswich is one step closer with the official ‘topping-out’ ceremony celebrated at the latest building to be renovated as part of the Nicholas Street Precinct.

The building on the corner of Brisbane and Ellenborough Streets, will be the home of HOYTS Cinemas and a host of exciting entertainment and retail opportunities.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the extensive renovation work on the building was nearing completion, allowing attention to turn to the next phase of fit-out.

“The City of Ipswich is growing at a rapid pace, and we need a thriving CBD to support this growth. We want Ipswich residents to have access to quality restaurants and entertainment so they can stay and play in Ipswich,” Mayor Harding said.

“It was incredibly exciting to join Hutchinson Builders CEO Scott Hutchinson, and Ipswich Central Redevelopment Committee Chairperson Councillor Marnie Doyle, on-site to celebrate the last beam being lifted into place.”

Ipswich Central Redevelopment Committee Chairperson Councillor Marnie Doyle said the topping-out ceremony marked the end of one stage and the start of the next for the $71.9 million Venue project.

“This project is going to be an absolute game-changer for Ipswich and transform an entire block within the heart of our CBD,” Cr Doyle said.

“Over the past months of work, Hutchies have made incredible headway on Venue. From a dilapidated old building to the centrepiece of Nicholas Street, Venue is going to be the heart of entertainment for our city.”

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