WESTFIELD Kotara’s new rooftop entertainment precinct is expected to be completed by early December, in time for Christmas shoppers.
Centre manager Ryan Burns said construction work on the new precinct began in early March, with the installation of the tower crane atop the level three rooftop carpark completed on Wednesday afternoon.
The precinct, called The Rooftop, will include an eight screen cinema complex and an open air dining area with between eight and 10 local and national restaurants and food outlets.
‘‘We refer to it as having an ambience of rustic elegance,’’ he said.
‘‘We want it to be a new and unique entertainment and lifestyle precinct and our key focus is for it to have a strong mix of Newcastle and Hunter Valley influences throughout the finished look and feel.’’
Mr Burns said the centre was in discussions with Hunter, Sydney and Melbourne operators about building one-of-a-kind restaurants that would be unique to the precinct.
The Rooftop will be built on the former Lincraft site and require the removal of about 200 rooftop parking spots.
There are no plans to build any additional spaces.
‘‘Reviewing our carparking spaces is something we’re constantly doing,’’ Mr Burns said.
‘‘It is something we will look at if it becomes an issue for us.’’
The escalator and lift between level two and three will be retained.
But the automatic sliding doors between the former Lincraft site to the rooftop carpark will be removed and a new entryway built.
Of the new landmark on Kotara’s skyline, Mr Burns said the crane base was installed on carpark level one and holes drilled through the roofs of carpark levels one, one mezzanine and two.
A second crane on the rooftop was used to stack pieces of the tower on top of one another.
The completed tower crane is being used to move materials from the centre’s loading dock along Northcott Drive to the rooftop construction compound.