The works, anticipated to take approximately 12 months to complete, include the installation of underground services and smart city infrastructure.
SunCentral, the company overseeing design and delivery of the new city centre on 53-hectares in the heart of Maroochydore, said the start of civil works was a significant milestone for the project.
“The foundations of this new CBD will be unlike those of any other Australian city centre,” said John Knaggs, CEO of SunCentral, the company overseeing the design and deliver of the new city centre.
“We will have three separate conduits for NBN Co, Telstra and the new CBD’s dedicated Smart City fibre optic network, as well as the first CBD-wide underground Automated Waste Collection System (AWCS) in Australia.
“Around 1.7km of AWCS pipes will be laid beneath stage one of the CBD.”
The pipes will allow waste to be transported underground at speeds of up to 70kmh to a central transfer station – making footpath garbage collections obsolete in the new city centre.
Mr. Knaggs said eight new streets are included in stage one of the CBD, creating lots for commercial, retail and mixed use development, with a central block to be transformed into a public park.
Construction will be completed by a range of contractors, including Sunshine Coast-based firm Shadforths Civil Contractors, ENVAC for the AWCS pipe network and several sub-contractors.