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Invercargill CBD, reimagined

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The $165 million redevelopment of Invercargill’s inner-city is set to reimagine the southern city’s heart – and in the meantime, it’s been given a vibrant new look.

Bright, colourful and engaging murals have started to go up on hoarding panels along Esk Street. Featuring the creative talents of our community, more than 120 schools, early childcare centres, community groups, businesses, families and artists have taken part. More painted panels will be installed during the coming weeks and these will form an art trail around the redevelopment block.

Progress on the redevelopment project itself is well underway. More than 10,500 square metres of existing building has been demolished to date, and Heritage Properties NZ have exposed the foundations of the very first brick building in the city. Constructed in 1863, the building’s foundations were under the former ASB building on Esk St. The team of archeologists have collected a sample of the bricks, some of which will be on display in the Information Hub.

Now open in the Bank of New South Wales building, the hub is a place for the public to learn more about the redevelopment project. Currently open on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am – 2pm, weekend and evening openings are coming soon.

To find out more click here to visit the Invercargill Central Limited website. 

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