QUEENSLAND construction company Hutchinson Builders has been announced as the principal contractor for the next stage of Gladstone’s East Shore precinct.

The project also involves 28 local businesses engaged as subcontractors.

The East Shores precinct provides a recreational hub for residents in addition to the 43 hectares of existing space at the nearby Gladstone Marina and Spinnaker Park.

Stage 1B, which will include the construction of a cruise passenger interface, waterfront café and amphitheatre, is set to generate more than 300 jobs.

Local businesses and tradespeople will begin reaping the benefits straight away, as site preparation started on 3 June ahead of construction later in the month.

Gladstone Ports Corporation’s acting CEO, Craig Walker said Hutchinson Builders helped deliver the multi-award winning East Shores 1A precinct to the community in 2014.

“We are excited to announce Hutchinson Builders as the principal contractor for East Shores Stage 1B, supported by 28 local subcontractors” Mr Walker said.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing what our partnership can achieve in Stage 1B.”

Hutchinson Builders’ managing director Greg Quinn said using local sub-contractors to deliver projects was the way they do business.

“Projects like this not only create jobs and contribute to the local economy, they also build capacity across the construction industry, giving small operators the chance to participate in work they might not otherwise get the opportunity to,” Mr Quinn said.

East Shores Stage 1B is scheduled to be completed by Easter 2020.

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