Hobart Retail Centre

The expansion and construction of Hobart Shopping Centre was done in phases, over a seven-year period by the team at Abbeydale.

Phase 1 started in 2010 and took 15 months to complete. During this time, dedicated Abbeydale team members ensured that the shopping centre was future proofed for further expansion over the years to come.

Five years later, Phase 2 started and the expansion included an additional 4000m2 for both parking and retail space.

To avoid any inconvenience to retailers and shoppers, work was completed in various stages and the centre traded as normal during the construction.

Stage 1 involved construction of the retail centre, whereas Stage 2 was a combination of demolition and construction. The old Total garage was flattened and replaced with the company’s ‘new-look’ garage, which includes a Mugg and Bean and a Thrupps express store.

During Stage 3, an attenuation reservoir was incorporated into a new ramp. To ensure future proofing, this involved controlled cutting of the existing centre concrete slab. From there, Stage 4 involved the extension of the Super Spar and the construction of bar-cum-restaurant, Rocket/ Lolita.


Good planning and foresight allowed the Spar to remain open and operational during its 4-month renovation and extension, which meant minimal to no inconvenience to customers.


The demolition of a previous multi-storey space in Hobart made room for an impressive total floor space of 2 200m2 for multi-story Rocket/ Lolita. This construction – which used Architectural off shutter in combination with off shutter concrete – was all done in house, by the team at Abbeydale.