Orion Springfield stage 2 now just months away
THE highly anticipated second stage of Orion Shopping Centre is taking shape with Event Cinemas starting works on the fit-out of their 2000 seat cinema complex.
The QT was given a tour of the construction site as Mayor Paul Pisasale inspected progress with Mirvac general manager of retail Susan MacDonald this week.
The $154million expansion includes a Town Square dining precinct and adds 31,545sqm of retail, entertainment and commercial office suites including Coles, Target, Event Cinemas, Orion Hotel, a JB Hi-Fi and about 60 specialty stores.
Centre manager Melanie Hodge said the project was on schedule for completion by the end of 2015.
Event Cinemas' new complex will include two Gold Glass cinemas, two VMax screens and four standard cinemas with state of the art screens and surround sound.
Orion centre manager Melanie Hodge said the cinema's progress marked an important milestone in the centre's expansion.
"This will be one of the largest Event Cinemas complexes in the outer-western region," Ms Hodge said.
"The Centre's new Town Square will offer alfresco dining, water fountain and interactive water features.
The Orion Springfield expansion will also include about 1200 more car spaces and is expected to create about 440 construction related jobs and more than 700 retail jobs on completion.
Construction works on the massive project began in March last year.
The mayor said he was impressed with the pace of progress on the development and added it would be a world class facility which would create jobs for the city.
He said major development in the city's growth suburbs was proving a catalyst for improvements citywide.
"This is our strategy for city centres; the heart is Ipswich, Springfield playing a role, Ripley plays a role and what we have here is Springfield playing an enormous role in attracting families and creating jobs".