"We didn't just open a Coles; we rebuilt a pathway to the rebirth of the Ipswich CBD"
Location: Ipswich City Centre, QLD
Client: Coles Group Property Development
Scale: 6000m² store and 280 carparks
Project Team: Matthew Johnson, Len Powe, Michael Ellis
When Cr Paul Pisasale opened the new Coles Superstore in Ipswich it signalled a return of the retail giant to the city centre. The previous Brisbane Street store had been totally destroyed in the January 2011 floods and required a re-thinking of the site. POWE Architects worked with Coles Group Property Development to recreate a new presence for the site that would be built resistant to the type of flooding seen throughout the city.
Opened in February 2013, the new centre elevated the store above the 2011 flood levels and utilised the undercroft space for a 200 space carpark. A further 80 cars were located on the elevated level and all servicing (including a substation that could feed back into the city grid) were moved well above the tide line to protect them from future events.
The new Coles Ipswich store was also the first in Queensland to be built to the Coles Superstore concept combining their normal supermarket lines with a general merchandise area all within a single 6000m² store. The store features in-store bakery and butchery, delicatessen and fishmonger, as well as the new concept fruit and vegetable displays. In conjunction with the supermarket superstore the centre collocates a Liquorland and café.
The client’s brief for the centre included requirements to lower the overall lifecycle costs of the building by exceeding the National Construction Code requirements to for energy efficiency. The building was wrapped in a layer of Kingspan walling and roofing to provide extra insulation. This has the benefit of lowering the cooling load on the building’s services which will lower the running costs of the building.
The project was built by Hutchinson Builders utilising an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) process which engaged the builder in the design development phase of the project. This process enabled the builder to work with the team to manage cost control as the documents were being prepared. The ability to make informed design decisions that impact cost at the early phase of the project meant that changes could be implemented with minimal wastage while still having maximum affect on the budget controls.
(sub-title quote by Cr Paul Pisasale at the opening of the new store 6th February 2013: Queensland Times article)