The latest Mitre 10 MEGA for the Wellington region is the third store developed by the Lockyer family and built by ADC. It is on a high profile site and defines the Titahi Bay Rd end of Porirua’s city centre.
The project started with the demolition of the old Placemakers building and the site being brought to level with cut and fill work carried out.
ADC won the tender in a highly competitive market and the contract included an assurance that the site would be completed in six months, opening in time for the Christmas trading season. This meant that the build ended on the same day that the entire interior fit-out and the stocking of shelves was completed, ready for opening the next day. Over 100 Mitre 10 MEGA staff worked in with the Armstrong Downes Commercial team on site to get it ready in time for a week of opening promotions and events.
Built of structural steel, precast panels and a Colorsteel roof, Mitre 10 MEGA Porirua provides a retail space of 4000m2 and a large trade drive-through area. There is also a 1800m2 garden centre at one end of the complex and a relaxing Columbus Cafe.
The retail store has a 600m3 post-tensioned concrete floor that was poured in one operation.
The design included significant skylights and extensive glass along the store frontage for energy efficiency and to allow more natural light for an enjoyable shopping experience.
The development of over 150 asphalted carparks included the development of rain gardens. Along with the car parks, the site is positioned next to two arterial routes. They all contribute to significant rainwater run-off. The rain gardens are used to manage the rainwater run-off and water the plants that are part of the car park landscaping.
Although ADC is very experienced with development of the Mitre 10 MEGA retail stores this particular project required the build to be completed four weeks quicker than previously agreed. The installation of internal shelving and retail fit-out was a large project in itself and was carried out as the construction project unfolded. Set up teams unloaded 200 40-foot containers totalling 30,000 line items, for stacking in the 8,900m2 store while ADC continued to build around them.
“To build a Mitre 10 MEGA building within 6 months and to also have the client fitting out the store’s internal layout whilst it’s still a building site is truly an amazing achievement. I believe Armstrong Downes Commercial achieved this through industry knowledge and having engaged, motivated people driving the project. That’s what made the difference.”
Mitre 10 MEGA