Growing towns benefit from meticulous plans for commercial buildings

Pindan has bolstered its reputation for skilfully building shopping centres, with significant commercial redevelopments nearing completion at two of Western Australia's fastest growing town centres.

Geographical constraints are proving no match for the Pindan team in Newman, where a $27.5m town centre redevelopment has been underway since June 2015. 

Meanwhile, in the Perth metropolitan area, the new Ellenbrook Bulky Goods precinct next to The Shops at Ellenbrook is taking shape. 

Valued at an estimated $5.9m, Stage 1 of the Ellenbrook Bulky Goods project was completed in March, allowing anchor tenant 1st Choice Liquor to begin its internal fitout and commence trading in May. 

Stage 1A, valued at $2.8m, is on track to be finished by August to allow supermarket giant ALDI to start its planned fitout and open before Christmas. 

While both projects were designed and constructed by Pindan, each presented unique challenges that called for open communication and creative solutions to reduce costs and meet the clients’ timeframes. 

The residents of Newman in the state’s North West are eagerly watching the retail development come to life, with a new supermarket, internal mall and retail tenancies, associated plant areas and service yard as well as parking for 150 cars on the cards for their town centre. 

Dickie Dique, Director of Pindan Contracting, said the facility has been designed with flexibility in mind.

“Upon completion, the complex will accommodate a mixture of retail outlets from cafés to fast food restaurants and clothing stores,” he said. 

Dickie said Pindan overcame storage issues on site by manufacturing the precast concrete panels and structural steel in Perth and transporting them to Newman by road train. 

“As the project is located in the centre of town and we did not have space to store all of the materials, the concrete panels and structural steel were installed in stages,” he said. 

“The delivery of the panels was managed with three road trains on rotation to keep up with the supply demand onsite and, as the panels had to be lifted from truck to position, a great deal of coordination was required to erect the structure.” 

Pindan also undertook a value engineering initiative to reduce the overall build cost and maintain value for the client. 

“We took a cross disciplinary approach to value engineering by organising collaborative workshops with the client to meet their target price, whilst ensuring the quality of the design remained achievable."
Dickie Dique, Director, Pindan Contracting

Dickie added that in order to expedite the programme and provide maximum time to develop the client’s preferences for internal layouts and services, Pindan developed a strategy to erect the structure prior to constructing the floor slab. 

“This allowed the shop drawings to be developed alongside the consultant design drawings so the building structure could be pre-manufactured and installed early in the project programme,” he said. 

“The innovation of generating fabrication drawings during the design stage rather than the construction stage saved time and fostered an efficient integrated link between design and construction,” 

The car parks and retail centre forward works began in Newman in June 2015 and were completed in November 2015. The retail centre was started onsite in October 2015 and is scheduled for completion later this year. 

In Ellenbook, both stages were designed to include tilt up concrete panel structures with insulated roof panels. Construction of Stage 1 began in September 2015, while Stage 1A got underway in March this year. 

The external finishes comprised of Maxline colourbond cladding, prefinished CFC and painted concrete panels to Stage 1 and Stage 1A includes kingspan wave panels, alucabond and painted concrete panels. 

Director of Constructions, Mark Thomspon, said special consideration was given to the flooring during both stages of works to meet the clients’ needs. 

“At the 1st Choice Liquor tenancy, the concrete slab became the finished floor and was grinded to expose the aggregate and polished,” he explains. 

“We took great care during construction to protect the floor and limited certain activities because any patching would have been visible in the final product. We also used alternative propping methods to avoid fixings into the floor. 

“For Stage 1A, the floor was poured after the roof was installed, as required by ALDI.” 

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