ABL delivers on new supermarket
Amalgamated Builders Ltd Dunedin met the challenge of completing the construction of Countdown’s new $20 million Mosgiel supermarket development in just nine months.
After winning the contract in a tender process to build and project manage construction, ground work for foundations started in earnest May last year.
ABL Ltd Dunedin project manager Chris Dowall says completion of the supermarket was originally planned for Christmas, but a delay in getting the goahead meant this was put back to January.
Also, after construction started it was discovered a major redesign of the storm-water system to the street mains was required.
“We still managed to get that redesign incorporated into the project without any delay to the end date,” Chris Dowall says.
This was achieved despite ground work and foundation work starting at the beginning of winter. “Fulton
Hogan did a very good job of the site works and ground work, so they were very instrumental to the whole project coming together at the start. “They are very well equipped.”
Fortunately, construction of the building was able to be accelerated through the use of prefabrication of some construction elements, such as steel portals.
“There was a lot of planning around early ordering of structural steel and pre-cast panels, and coordinating the work in such a way that it could be done without any delays.”
Project management software, commonly used by construction firms, provided a clear picture of progress and where each sub-contractor fitted into the sequencing of construction.
This meant they could be advised in advance when they would be required on-site.
“You can report against that and see whether you are running behind or are on track.”
Apart from planning, the good-will and cooperation of subcontractors was also a key in achieving a good result.
Once ABL had completed its part of the project, considerable other work had to be undertaken by the client prior to the store opening, including
racking, stocking and installation of plant and equipment.
Chris Dowall says part of his job satisfaction comes from meeting a project’s objectives, and most of all, ensuring the client and consultants are happy throughout.
The new supermarket is a replacement for Countdown’s former Factory Rd store and created about 26 new jobs.
It features wider aisles, a more expansive fresh produce department and a full production bakery.
While residential construction in Dunedin has been extremely busy for several years, Chris says that the Countdown project was welcomed by ABL as commercial construction has been relatively quiet.
Since it was established 45 years ago, Amalgamated Builders Ltd has completed many
significant high-profile projects throughout the South Island.
The company can provide the full range of construction services required to deliver highquality residential and commercial projects.
As well as construction, services include preconstruction planning and feasibility estimates, early input of extensive builder expertise and solutions to concept/feasibility design.
Further assurance is provided to clients through robust risk analysis to identify the level of cost certainty of a project and any remaining residual risk.
Processes such as these result in the creation of a realistic construction programme, milestone dates and agreed completion date.
Countdown Mosgiel was officially opened by Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull on February 28.