City of Ryde’s redevelopment plans for a $110 million civic centre will move ahead following the appointment of Taylor Construction Group on the central development in Sydney’s northern suburbs.
Dubbed the “New Heart of Ryde”, council’s move to proceed with the project has been described by Ryde mayor as “a major boost to the local economy as it recovers from Covid-19”.
City of Ryde mayor Jerome Laxale says council intends to partner with the federal and state governments in a bid to speed up the new project’s delivery.
“And I would encourage other levels of government to partner with us given the enormous social benefits The New Heart of Ryde will bring to the entire city,” he said.
Laxale, who recently criticised state government for the fast-tracking of Ivanhoe Estate's stage one, recently called on the New South Wales government to include public infrastructure as part of its fast-tracking decision, announced last month in an effort to kick start the state’s construction pipeline.
The Ryde central project plans to revamp the Ryde Civic Centre, at 1 Devlin Street.
Laxale said the project would generate jobs and revitalise the Ryde Civic Centre site, adding that the new facility would not cause an increase in rates or a reduction in services.
“The New Heart of Ryde will be a key component to our economic recovery…at a time when the local economy needs it most,” Laxale said.
“Not only will The New Heart of Ryde be a major shot in the arm for workers, it will also address the chronic shortage of community facilities in the City of Ryde.
The tender was awarded following an expression of interest and tender process that kicked off in October last year.
The development allows for construction of a multi-purpose community and cultural building which will contain a hall seating up to 700 people, along with meeting rooms, and an art gallery.
Council says it plans to retain complete ownership of the site.