Raiwai

$10m upgrade for new Garden City complex

Those living within the Raiwai and Raiwaqa vicinity can expect to see a new commercial complex in the place of the former Garden city complex within the next 15 months. Marco Polo Holdings Limited Director and Garden City owner Mr Wah Sing Yee confirmed this and also stated that the project will see a major […]

Salote Qalubau

August 25, 2016 2:17 pm

Those living within the Raiwai and Raiwaqa vicinity can expect to see a new commercial complex in the place of the former Garden city complex within the next 15 months.

Construction workers demolish the remains of the old Garden City complex. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Construction workers demolish the remains of the old Garden City complex. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

Marco Polo Holdings Limited Director and Garden City owner Mr Wah Sing Yee confirmed this and also stated that the project will see a major remodeling of the interior of the centre wing and also walkway connections to the front wing at the 1st-floor level.

The initial complex which was built in the year 2000 originally accommodating 40 tenants.

YEE: ‚ÄúThis new upgrade and refurbishment exercise will see an additional 20 new and exciting tenancies which will include a food-court, fresh fruit and vegetable mart, a revamped Marco Polo store with a wide variety of home-ware and garden products, offices, specialty stores, a fine dine restaurant, In-Tune music school, bar-bar shop and fashion stores.”

Internal demolition works have commenced following the building permit approval by the Suva City Council (SCC).

“On the project itself, this probably took three to four years of planning, we had to go through many approval processes. We had to go through town and country planning, Fiji Roads Authority, SCC so its taken a few years.”

He specifically thanked Ms Lorna Eden, Assistant Minister for Local Government for her assistance.

YEE: “For the project cost, I think we are looking at approximately around $10 million and will probably have around 60 tenants at least because some of them will be existing businesses that will be coming back while some current tenants will remain on site while construction is in progress. Ultimately we are trying to create variety of businesses, we are trying our best to make it a more family place where people can come and relax.”

Construction workers demolish the remains of the old Garden City complex. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Demolition works at the old Garden City complex. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

Mr Yee said the new complex tenancies will generate more traffic and will serve the working people and students along Carpenters street and all residences along Grantham Road and other nearby areas.

YEE: “Another special feature at the new Centre will be a micro business zone which will be under cover and operate on special week-ends, similar to the ROC market. The micro business sector will always have a special place in my heart.For the country to grow evenly and as a strategy to promote sustainability, we must focus strongly on the micro to medium size businesses.”

He said he is yet to appoint a contractor to carry out the refurbishment works.

YEE: “There is a team involved in the construction, we got our own architect, our services engineer, our structural engineer and various other consultants. At the moment we are doing the demolishing works ourselves, we are yet to appoint the main contractor.This whole place is getting busy and this will increase in the coming years so the new Garden City will compliment the various developments evolving on around this place.”

Mr Yee also added that modern technological services would be engaged to ensure the safety of the tenants.

YEE: “I think we will do well because this whole area in the near future will be very busy. The complex will beautify the area and will provide convenient services for community members.We are looking at using modern technology to install our security camera’s all around the complex.”

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