Emporium Melbourne forms the second stage of the Myer Redevelopment undertaken by Colonial First State and GIC.
Design started in early 2009 and construction started in mid-2010. The Emporium Melbourne is currently under construction by Grocon with the first stage due for completion in April 2014.
The development comprises 5 levels and boasts 220 specialty retail stores including international brands, a basement level logistics hub accessed by two massive truck lifts from Caledonian Lane. The Emporium Melbourne is one of the largest CBD retail-only developments undertaken in recent years.
A heritage requirement of the project included the retention of both the Lonsdale Street and Little Bourke Street Heritage Facades. Codicote facilitated the design of the temporary retention structures, analysed programme implications and was integral in the authority approval process. The Lonsdale Street temporary retention structure spanned three traffic lanes and was founded on the centre median strip.
The use of an external façade retention system in lieu of a more traditional internal façade retention system facilitated a reduced programme duration, cost savings and it provided a low-risk alternative for the owners.
The pre-planning, construction alternatives and logistics solutions, programming and stakeholder management outcomes involved in Codicote’s construction advice were ultimately represented in the tender documents. This construction solution represented in the tender enabled a ‘like-for-like’ tender analysis, with Grocon’s actual construction methodology varying little from that produced by Codicote for the tender. The development also includes the construction of two new pedestrian tunnels and two new multi-story pedestrian bridges in Little Bourke Street, linking the new development to Myer and David Jones. The existing bridge to Melbourne Central has been retained.
Emporium Melbourne is positioned to become the centre of retail in Melbourne’s CBD.
RoleClient Project Manager, Construction Advice & Planning
ClientColonial First State Global Asset Management
ArchitectThe Buchan Group, Melbourne
- Central to the CBD
- 220 international &specialty retail tenancies
- Retention and restoration of heritage facades on both Lonsdale Street and Little Bourke Street
- Tunnels and bridges construction in Little Bourke Street to David Jones and Myer
- Involvement throughout all phases of the project from inception to completion