Initiatives enhance central Albany

Statue and art in park

Albany’s Alison Hartman Gardens has a fresh look, providing an attractive foreground as the affordable student accommodation project takes shape in the adjoining old Albany Primary School site.

The two initiatives are continuing a long-term transformation of Albany’s CBD and will soon be complemented by the refurbishment of the Albany Town Hall.

All three projects are supported by State Government funding through the GSDC: $38,382 towards the Alison Hartman Gardens project, a $100,000 Regional Economic Development grant towards the Albany Town Hall redevelopment and $11 million towards affordable student accommodation.

On completion of the three projects, the Town Hall will be a contemporary visual arts and cultural facility connected to the town square, Alison Hartman Gardens, the library and the visitor centre, with the student accommodation backing onto the gardens.

Smith Constructions has been appointed as the builder for the Town Hall project and is establishing the site ahead of the beginning of works.

A formal acknowledgement of the completion of the Alison Hartman Gardens project is expected soon. The student accommodation initiative – an Advance Housing project providing a 40-bed facility for students in tertiary education – is due for completion in 2020.

Picture: Interpretive elements near the statue of Mokare in Alison Hartman Gardens.