The early stages of construction at the East Shores Gladstone Coal Exporter’s Maritime Precinct
are evident, with pile driving well underway.
The early stages of construction at the East Shores Gladstone Coal Exporter’s Maritime Precinct are evident, with pile driving well underway.

Work on East Shores well underway, earthworks next step

WORK on the $45m East Shores Gladstone Coal Exporters Maritime Precinct is well underway, with general site-clearing and above ground demolition now complete.

The waterfront landscape continues to change with pile-driving activities in progress to construct a sheet piling wall along Auckland Creek.

Over the next eight weeks, works will focus on completing piling, in-ground works and completion of 30% of the viewing deck area.

Bulk earthworks will also begin during this period.

The project, which is being delivered by Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) and Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC), involves a revitalisation of the water's edge at Auckland Inlet and will include a water play park facility, BBQs, plenty of green spaces, a waterfront promenade and a boardwalk incorporating a viewing platform.

Hutchinson Builders have been commissioned to undertake the first phase of the development, which began in July 2013.

To establish the construction site, a section of Flinders Parade from Auckland Point Terminal to the end of Joseph Banks Park has been closed to the public.

Developers say the closure is required for public safety reasons, but also to allow construction to proceed uninterrupted so the precinct can be opened to the Gladstone community as soon as possible.

The new recreational precinct is expected to open in mid-next year.