Project: Turning Colonnades Shopping Centre Into A Must-Visit Destination

Sarah won the bid for the $51 million redevelopment of Colonnades Shopping Centre, which cemented Adelaide’s south as a must-visit shopping destination.

The redevelopment expanded the Noarlunga centre by more than 16,000 square metres to make room for an Aldi supermarket, new speciality shops, alfresco restaurants and an expanded Woolworths. It also includes a new fresh food precinct, the largest fresh food market in the southern suburbs.

The centre’s transformation was unveiled at an official launch on 16 March 2016, after 11 months of design and construction work by hundreds of Sarah team members and contractors. The striking and contemporary food hall offers customers variety, choice and convenience with Colonnades becoming the only centre in southern Adelaide to boast an Aldi, Woolworths and Coles under one roof.

The new vibrant market-style food hall is designed to cater for the booming local population that is expected to grow by more than 25 per cent by 2034.

Kate Stevenson, Development Manager from Colonnades co-owner, Vicinity Centres, said Sarah was chosen to work on the project because of our design management ability, professionalism and second-to-none quality.

“We selected to work with Sarah due to their value proposition consisting of design management ability, personnel, retail experience and offer,” Ms Stevenson said.

“The project was tough due to an aggressive timeframe and new concept. We worked with the Sarah team to deliver an outstanding result in line with our vision, ahead of time, within budget and limited disruption to the existing tenants.”

“In a dynamic retail environment it’s extremely important that we keep our retailers happy throughout the redevelopment,” Ms Stevenson said.

She said the ability to be able to commit to a deadline – and keep it – was critical. “Sarah was fantastic. We were able to work together to develop a timeline that met our needs and Sarah guaranteed the work would be finished by this time.”

The Sarah site team worked closely with centre management and tenants to notify of any upcoming work and collaborated to develop strategies to minimise disruption to customers and trade.

With our vast experience and high-level skill in the retail sector, Sarah’s proactive team was able to get the job done on time and on budget. With an accelerated timeframe, the group was required to work on design and construction simultaneously in order to meet the tight deadline.

Project Manager Terry Tsapaliaris said the team at Sarah was able to forecast potential issues that could delay progress, and find workable solutions to avoid lengthy disruptions that can also lead to cost escalation.

Mr Tsapaliaris said Sarah’s success was largely due to extensive experience in the building and construction industry.

“Understanding lead times enables the team to meet our deadlines,” Mr Tsapaliaris said.

The team thought strategically to make sure projects were completed on time, such as implementing clever design initiatives to rework existing building elements. The existing fresh food ceiling was retained, painted and design solution achieved through lighting and creating a new feature steel structure in the space at ground level.

A full design review process was established with Vicinity to agree on design intent and determine a process to approve the design as it developed. Once design intent had been agreed upon, we were able to commence initial trade packages that maintained architectural finish, to expedite construction.

Sarah General Manager Adrian Esplin said decisions weren’t based on the bottom dollar, but rather, what was right for the customer.

As with all Sarah’s work, the team went above and beyond to accommodate the client’s wishes. With families being a key customer segment, Vicinity requested an entry feature that doubled as a children’s play area. The team at Sarah developed a design concept – a rustic jetty to align with the coastal feel of Noarlunga – and designed and sourced recycled jetty timber from the old Moonta Bay Jetty. A carpentry crew was engaged to bring the concept to life. Staff at Sarah sourced added items such as an old ship wheel and telescope to take the design concept to the next level.

Sarah’s success on the redevelopment required outstanding collaboration with sub-contractors to ensure work was completed within the strict timeline. More than 100 contractors and sub-contractors worked with Sarah on the centre redevelopment.

“Delivering excellent outcomes is all about close collaboration and building relationships with all project stakeholders,” Mr Esplin said.

“To fast track construction whilst continuing on an 11-month design journey to ensure the design concept was delivered to high quality ahead of time, is a fantastic result.”

Among the contractors who contributed to the redevelopment include both Packers and Ceiling and Wall Contractors.

Packers supplied, installed and glazed the new external shop fronts, bi-fold doors, new automatic sliding door entries and internal high-level clear story glazing that consisted of aluminium framing with obscure glass to match existing and the ali-coil panels glazed into the window framing internally around the mall.

Packers’ General Manager Matthew Morrisey said the project presented the group with several challenges.

The design of the internal mall windows meant the group had to design a window frame that had unusually wide vertical mullions and horizontal sections, heads and sills. The windows were fitted with ali-coil, a pre-finished composite panel, rather than glass. A lead time of 16 weeks was required to receive the product, so a pre-planning was required to ensure the windows could be installed by the deadline.

“With the unique design of the internal framing system in the mall we had to submit a couple of variations of how we were going to achieve the design intent,” Mr Morrisey said.

“With the input from the team at Sarah and the architect, we came up with a workable solution that made it easy to fabricate the frames in the factory and also install them on site to give the client their design intent.”

“Working with Sarah on the project and how easy it has run has made it easier for us to deliver a product of high standard that the client will be really happy with.”

We’re proud to announce that Sarah Constructions received a High Commendation at the 2017 AIB Awards for their work on this project!

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