Property developer Tipalea has confirmed that construction of its Glebe Hill Village retail centre in metropolitan Hobart is now complete.

The project is the first new neighbourhood centre in a decade to open in Tasmania. It spans 5,900sq m, includes 18 speciality retailers, boasts 260 car park spaces and is anchored by major retailer Coles.

Smart technology services feature heavily within the shopping centre, with features such as wireless phone charging, free WiFi, smart bathrooms, smart metering systems, EV chargers and solar panels all included at Glebe Hill Village. Further smart features include an app that allows shoppers to pre-order food, book appointments for services at the centre and access real-time data on how busy the centre is.

Doug Chipman, Clarence City Council Mayor, described the centre as a “significant asset” for the local community and said it would help meet the community’s needs in a booming area.

“The village will provide a significant benefit for Clarence Plains, which we predict will grow to a population of more than 20,000 people and become a satellite city in its own right in another 10 years’ time.”