Retro’s in for new Townsville car wash

A render of the North Shore car wash which is under construction.

Townsville’s northern growth corridor is continuing to develop at a rapid pace with a $3 million car wash the latest project to get the green light.

The Northshore Car Wash is under construction and will be open by mid 2019.

It’s being built by Halcorp Developments near Bunnings on North Shore at 6 Galax Entrance.

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It will have a retro inspired, mid-century design complemented with the latest car wash technology available.

A render of the North Shore car wash which is under construction.

Halcorp Developments director, Rick McLaren, says the project is designed to deliver a fun car, boat, caravan and pet washing experience rather than it being a chore.

“We have done extensive research on the latest trends and innovations available in this sector including a research trip to the United States,” he says.

“We have found that the industry is moving towards creating more of an experience for users, a hub where people can take the kids to wash the car and dogs and actually enjoy it.

“We engaged emerging architectural firm Twohill and James to help rethink the design from scratch, and create a facility designed specifically for the user experience.

“We have taken inspiration from the 1950s and 60s, a time when cars were celebrated and taking care of them was important, and we have overlaid this with a modern, subtropical design aesthetic.”

A render of the North Shore car wash which is under construction.

The car wash will have state-of-the-art equipment such as fragrant dispensing vacuums, a twin-bay “Pooch Pit” with a clean design inspired by the tropics to fit in with Townsville’s landscape.

The multimillion-dollar facility follows a wave of commercial and residential development in Townsville’s northern suburbs.

A $1.2 million youth activation hub featuring a skate park and obstacle course is also planned for North Shore and is due to be finished next month.

North Shore project director Andrew Astorquia says the masterplanned community has grown to 5500 residents with the trade catchment of the North Shore Town Centre servicing over 23,000 people.

A render of the North Shore car wash which is under construction.

“The last 12 months in particular has seen North Shore grow with the opening of the North Shore State School, ArcCare Aged Care and stage two of the North Shore Medical Centre,” he says.

“This population growth is now to a critical mass point where commercial ventures are becoming financially viable in the Northern Beaches of Townsville such as the Car Wash and the master plan of North Shore is maturing into a township.”

This article from the Townsville Bulletin originally appeared as “Townsville’s north continues rapid growth”.