The largest retail construction project on the Sunshine Coast is running to schedule and will open its doors to shoppers in early November.
Harvey Norman’s new Maroochydore Homemaker Centre commenced construction on Maroochy Boulevard in April 2011.
The project is nearing completion in line with schedule, and key tenants Harvey Norman, Domayne and Good Life Gym are now in fit-out phase in preparation for opening.
The largest retail project of its kind dominating the Sunshine Coast, the Maroochydore Homemaker Centre will feature retail showrooms totaling in excess of 32,785sq m, 5,000sq m of premium first floor commercial space, 900 undercover parking spaces and lift access.
Construction company ADCO is set to deliver the landmark development on time after managing the challenges of a high-profile project of this scale over the past 18 months.
Project Manager Chris Carey has been onsite since the project commenced in April 2011.
“It has been a real team effort to have the project running to time despite over 100 days of inclement weather which have hampered the project during this period but has not prevented ADCO from delivering on our contractual agreements with Harvey Norman,” he said.
“Between 250 and 300 contractors have worked on site throughout the construction phase at any one given time. Most of these people are Sunshine Coast based and, as such, the project has had a very positive impact on the local economy and region.”
Contractors that have worked on the project include concretors, plasterers, painters and steel fabricators.
They have been responsible for some impressive construction statistics highlighting the sheer scale of the project, such as the pouring of approximately 45,000 cubic metres of concrete on site, over 1000 tonnes of structural steel and over 200 kilometres of electrical cabling that would span the distance from the Sunshine Coast to Surfers Paradise, have gone into the project.
There are 18 direct ADCO employees currently working on the Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, which will be handed over to specialist retail bulky goods management company McKenzie Hall, which will then assume day-to-day management of the property.