Shopping gets easier with access open

Plumbs Chambers by night.
Plumbs Chambers by night.

BRACE yourself for the reopening of Haig Ave, with access to Rose City Shoppingworld from Fitzroy St not too far off.

Work to install a steel support structure on the wall of the Plumbs Chambers building at 84 Fitzroy St started yesterday and is expected to be finished next week.

Concerns raised more than a year ago by the Warwick police about the stability of the western wall of the Plumbs building led to the closure of Haig Ave, with Rose City Shoppingworld owners the McConaghy Group saying public safety was "paramount".

Rose City centre manager Jason Gard said yesterday the steel brace specially made to support the wall was expected to be in place by next Thursday at the latest.

"We can confirm work to stabilise the building wall has commenced and the support structure will be put in place next week," Mr Gard said.

"As far as the reopening of Haig Ave is concerned, that will be up to the council."

A council spokeswoman said they would only consider re-opening Haig Ave "once Rose City's engineers certify that it is safe to do so".

The McConaghy Group remains tight-lipped about expansion of Rose City Shoppingworld, which was given preliminary approval by the council several years ago.

One condition is that the sandstone Plumbs building to be braced next week is restored and re-used.

The McConaghy Group has approval to demolish the older timber building next door, once the restoration of its neighbour is complete.

The demolition would make way for a truck turning bay, with a new entrance to the underground car park in the middle of Fitzroy St.

Plumbs Chambers has been the subject of legal action brought by Canning Downs owner and heritage supporter John Barnes, who successfully challenged approval of the demolition of the rear section of number 84.

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