Work to demolish Macarthur House begins

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MACARTHUR House, along Northbourne Avenue, will be demolished by early 2019 as part of the ACT government’s urban renewal plan to “transform and revitalise the city centre”.

Macarthur House is amongst other ageing buildings being sold by the ACT government as part of the Federal Government’s Asset Recycling Initiative, and is expected to go out to market in the 2018-19 financial year.

The Commonwealth Government will contribute a 15 per cent bonus on top of the sale revenue achieved.

Director-general of the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, Ben Ponton says the first stage of work is well underway, such as the removal of hazardous material using specialist contractors.

“Macarthur House consists of an eight-storey building and a three-storey annex comprising many materials such as concrete, bricks and steel that can be reused. We have a target of recycling 95 per cent of the material that comes from the site,” Mr Ponton says. 

“During 2018, the community will see ongoing demolition works occurring across the site. Measures have been put in place to limit any impact on residents, including defined working hours, management of dust, restricting all contractor parking to the site, and truck movement routes.”

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