GOING UP: J.M. Kelly’s site manager Steve Schultz is dwarfed by the crane on the Empire construction site.
GOING UP: J.M. Kelly’s site manager Steve Schultz is dwarfed by the crane on the Empire construction site. Allan Reinikka Rokaempire

Rockhampton's Empire continues to grow every day above city

WORK on the $65 million Empire development on Rockhampton's riverfront is reaching new heights.

The on-site crane has been tied in and now towers about 50m over the construction site on the corner of Quay and Archer Sts.

J.M. Kelly's site manager Steve Schultz explained that it took about a day and a half to grow the crane to its maximum height, with workers raising it methodically in 3m increments.

The development had risen to the point where a free-standing crane could no longer operate.

Work is on schedule on the Empire building, which will offer 98 hotel apartments, 40 luxury residential apartments and 65m of riverfront dining.

Construction started in January last year and is set for completion in November this year.

"We had a bit of rain early that slowed us down but we are catching up time and making good progress," Mr Schultz said.

"We are currently constructing Levels 9 and 10, with 13 floors in total."

The hotel will occupy Levels 1 to 8, with the one, two and three-bedroom apartments on the higher levels.

Mr Schultz said there were about 100 workers on-site, about 80% of them locals.

That number would increase when finishing trades moved in for the later stages of the development.

EMPIRE FEATURES

Five-star guest and hotel lobby and reception

Hotel services to residential apartments

Three riverfront restaurants, 65m of riverfront dining options

Level 1 pool and recreation area, including a 20m two-lane lap pool, a children's pool, gymnasium, sun lounges and shaded seating area, plus over 1000sqm of landscaped gardens

Three separate meeting rooms, or a combined function area seating over 100 people



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