‘Delighted’ to bring Kmart down south

‘Delighted’ to bring Kmart down south
In addition to Kmart, 143 car parks and five smaller tenancies occupy the ground floor, with an additional three smaller tenants on the first floor.

Confidence in Calder Stewart’s ability to successfully complete a design and build proposal was instrumental in the company being chosen to lead the construction of Kmart’s new Invercargill store.
The development is being driven by Auckland-based property investment company, Windermere Holdings, and is its first development in the South Island.
Calder Stewart Southland manager Lindsay Bowmar says he and his team are delighted to be involved in the landmark project.
“When the possibility was first brought to us we were quite excited to be part of bringing Kmart to Invercargill.”
The two-story building will comprise a total of 11,466 square meters of floor space of which 6111sqm will be dedicated to retail areas.
In addition to Kmart, 143 car parks and five smaller tenancies occupy the ground floor, with an additional three smaller tenants on the first floor.
Construction started in March 2018 and is expected to be completed before Christmas.
Windermere Holding’s confidence in Calder Stewart was the result of its well-established track record, Lindsay says.
“It eliminates the risk for someone like Winder-mere Holdings, especially someone whose based, in their instance, in the North Island. They’re really relying on people on the ground down here.”
Construction started with clearing existing buildings from the site, which included the removal of first and second generation foundations.

‘Delighted’ to bring Kmart down south
Construction on the two-storey building began in March 2018 and is set to be completed before Christmas this year.

Because the north wall of the building is close to a stream, a flood wall was part of its design specifications.
The design manager who provided the architectural concept, Paul Smith, is one of Calder Stewart’s Christchurch team, while the engineering design and further architectural detail was out-sourced to third party engineers Key features include an atrium over the main entrance and travelators between the ground and first floor.
The opening of the high-profile store is highly anticipated in the community, Lindsay says.
Windermere Holdings director, Paul Smith, agrees.
“We’ve had nothing but very, very postive feedback. There’s quite a lot of anticipation and excitement in respect to its opening.”
Windermere Holdings has an existing relationship with Kmart, which has an outlet in a North Island shopping centre owned by Windermere, and was asked to investigate a suitable site in Invercargill.
The new store is conveniently located on State Highway 1 in the immediate fringe of the city’s central retail hub.
“Having a brand like Kmart in Invercargill will do the CBD a lot of good, give it a real boost. Invercargill is in need of capital investment and its a good location to do just that.”
While the major redevelopment of Invercargill’s the inner city will be extremely timely, the new Kmart is a standalone venture and was planned to go ahead regardless of any other developments, Paul says.
As well as needing to be in a favourable location, the building had to meet criteria of specific dimensions, along with how it interfaces with the roading network, however it is not a templated design.
“The design we now have went through many, many iterations and refinement before it was finalised.”
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