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New retail precinct in Orange set for completion in early 2023

July 26, 2022


The site on Tuesday. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

By Peter Holmes


Leases are being offered on a new retail and allied health precinct that is set to be completed by early 2023.


The Bloomfield development will have parking for 351 cars. There will be 12 shops and five suites.


The sites range in size from 97 square metres to 494 square metres "or larger". Outgoings are payable.



The site is next to Bloomfield Medical Centre and opposite Orange Hospital. There is also a hotel, restaurant and soon-to-be-opened early learning childcare centre in the precinct.



When The Orange News Examiner visited on Tuesday it was raining and nobody was on the site.

Artist's impression of the site. Commercial Real Estate.

The car park appeared much closer to completion than the building, for which only a couple of pieces of wall had been erected.



The opening date will be guided by the demand for spaces.

Artist's impression of the site. Commercial Real Estate.

Last year Orange City Council knocked back a development application to allow a supermarket to be built at the location. There was concern it would divert retail traffic from the CBD.





Councillors were split 5-5 on the proposal, with the deciding vote against the project cast by then councillor Russell Turner.


The site on Tuesday. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

The available spots are described as "Cold shell fitout shops/suites".


According to building consultant Rohan Saunders: "Cold Shells get their name from being just that … Cold! They will have no Heating, Ventilation or Air-Conditioning (HVAC), no floor finishes, partition walls, suspended ceilings, insulation, lighting or plumbing.



Artist's impression of the site. Commercial Real Estate.

"It is common however, that connection points for amenities such sewer, gas, and water are in place and some may have fully operational core assets such as elevators, plant rooms, sprinkler systems, or electrical switchboards."


Saunders said the main advantage of a cold shell fit out is flexibility, "allowing a blank canvas for a custom fit-out. The main advantage for the builder or developer is that they can construct the space with minimum cost outlay".


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