Supermarket upgrade for Heads

A $10 million upgrade is slated for IGA in Barwon Heads.

By Justin Flynn

Plans to revamp Barwon Heads IGA supermarket and add apartments are before Geelong council for consideration.

Nova Planning is hoping to deliver a $10 million renovation to the existing IGA and add six double-storey apartments.

Initially the development was approved for the expansion of the supermarket and four apartments, but the developer is now requesting to vary the supermarket expansion and to include six apartments.

The maximum height of the building is 11.21 metres on the north-east corner (corner of Golightly Street and Bridge Road) which is designed to be the main entrance to the supermarket.

Apartments will contain separate garages and entry is via Bridge Road.

“The materials include a mixture of glazing, sandstone tiles, textured concreate panels, colorbond cladding and timber cladding,” the report says.

A Traffic Assessment was prepared by Salt Traffic Engineers. The proposed development includes 26 car park spaces – 20 in the basement car park and six for the apartments. There will be direct access to the supermarket from the baseman car park.

The Salt report concluded that the additional traffic generated by the proposed development would have no adverse impacts on the safety and operation of Bridge Road or the surrounding network.

The changes to the design allow for a staged development and for the existing supermarket to continue operations while the development progresses.

The proposal seeks to create two designated parking areas – the supermarket basement car park and the apartment car park.

The proposed design retains the existing loading bay to the east of the supermarket.

The supermarket will be accessible via a basement car park and also from Bridge Road to allow patrons to walk, ride or drive to purchase goods.

The existing trees in Bridge Road will be retained.

Council’s public comment period on the plans for The Avenue is set to close on 6 July.


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