The new TasPorts purpose-built head office in Launceston’s historic Willis Street is helping to breathe new life into that part of the city, chairman Stephen Bradford said.

Speaking at the official opening of the offices, Mr Bradford said TasPorts’ new offices were located adjacent to the proposed University of Tasmania science and innovation hub.

“It is an exciting time for this part of the city, and an exciting time for our organisation,” he said.

“In August last year the company unveiled its Port Master Plan, which will guide more than $200 million of improvements into Tasmania’s port infrastructure over the next 15 years.

“This will include major works at Bell Bay, Burnie, Devonport and Hobart.”

“Launceston was chosen as the best location for the head office, as it is the corridor between our four major ports.”

Mr Bradford said the new head office would eventually house TasPorts’ most critical 24/7 operation centres – the Vessel Traffic Service Operations Centre (VTS) and the TasPorts Security Operations Centre (TSOC).

“The co-location of all these services alongside TasPorts’ corporate services in a single multipurpose facility will allow for greater efficiencies,” he said.

“It will also see a range of information technology improvements made to support the new VTS and TSOC operation centres, ensuring TasPorts continues to provide efficient and effective operations across our ports.”

It is anticipated that the relocation of the VTS and TSOC operations will be completed toward the end of the 2018/19 financial year.

The building that houses TasPorts (the Horizontal Retort building of the former Launceston Gasworks) was built in circa 1860 and is one of the oldest on the former industrial site.

The new head office was designed by Tasmania’s award winning architecture and interior design practice, Cumulus Studio – transforming this historical building.

TasPorts Chairman Stephen Bradford and the Honourable Jeremy Rockliff MP officially opening the new office.