Corporation moves to Churchs' site

ARGUABLY Central Queensland’s most powerful corporation will move into what promises to be one of Rockhampton’s more energy-efficient buildings.

Stanwell Corporation, which generates more than 30% of the state’s electricity requirements, will move into the new state-of-the-art, three-storey complex being built on the old Churchs’ Buildings site.

The site, on the corner of East and Fitzroy streets, had long been regarded as one of Rockhampton’s worst eyesores.

But its future looks bright.

Hutchinson Builders contract administrator Karen Reynolds said the building would be one of the first in Australia to use a glazing system on its curtain walling.

“It will have curtain walling and everything is as energy efficient as it can be,” she said. “We’re excited because this is Hutchies’ first building project in Rockhampton.”

It will comprise a ground floor retail space and car park, plus two additional levels of commercial office space.

Stanwell acting CEO Wayne Collins said 40 staff members would take up the top level and half of the first floor. “Our workforce in Rockhampton has grown considerably during recent years,” Mr Collins said.

Kerry Shore, owner of Kerry’s Barber Shop near the new complex, is excited work has begun after the old building was demolished in February last year.

“It is nice something’s happening, that’s the consensus of everyone around here,” she said.

Mrs Shore said she hoped it would bring more business to the area.

Construction began on March 8 and is expected to be completed by November.



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