The shocking fire that ripped through the Myer building in the centre of Hobart was a massive blow to the Tasmanian state capital.
The facade of the building had to be demolished bit by bit to prevent it from falling on nearby buildings, and a decontamination unit has been set up for fire crew and those working on the site on Liverpool Street, in case anyone is affected by the toxic fumes.
Demolition of the walls backing onto other buildings and shops took place, with workers being careful not to cause any more damage.
Peddle Thorp Architects has worked closely with architects Designhaus and the client Myer, the City of Hobart Council and the previous and current owners on a number of schemes that would revitalise the centre of Hobart and restore
Myer as the heart for the city of Hobart’s retail precinct.
Myer will spend $100 million on a new five-storey 12,500 square metres shopping complex to replace the Liverpool Street building lost in the fire in 2007.
The plans include a hotel and rooftop bar, food court and 40 speciality shops tenanted by international and national brands not currently available in Tasmania.
Stage 1, which includes the first 8500 square metres of Myer and part of the hotel, will be completed by August 2014.
The entire centre is due for completion by April 2016. it will feature Gourmet food emporium featuring Tasmania produce with a 200 room hotel with conference facilities and sky bar.
The Icon Centre aims to attract the new international fashion brands from the northern hemisphere into the Hobart CBD.