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Rendine delivers major supermarket redevelopment for Barwon Heads IGA

From design of the complex project through construction and delivery, Rendine managed a multi-stage process ensuring the IGA supermarket could continue to trade around a major building program that doubles the floor area of the supermarket. 

The development also adds a basement car park cut into the sloping block at the rear of the business, providing 20 customer parking spaces accessed from neighbouring Golightly Street.

The first phase of the project involved construction of a new single-storey supermarket shop floor on a vacant block abutting the existing store. Installation of a piling wall retention system helped to create new car parking facilities, while six new townhouses were built directly above the new supermarket section.

On completion of this phase, IGA shifted its supermarket into the new space and handed over its old premises – housed in a steel-frame building that was once home to an auto mechanic business – to Rendine to complete a major upgrade and refurbishment. 

Finally, Rendine will conjoin the new and existing buildings, creating a single supermarket with an additional 450 sq m of floor space, plus upgraded stockrooms and new coolroom and freezer facilities. The design of the supermarket floorspace was carefully managed in conjunction with a fitout architect, to maximise space and optimise the shelving layout.

Project Manager Pat Duncan says a key priority for Rendine Constructions was to ensure the supermarket and its customers were not significantly impacted by the ongoing works, and that the construction process did not unduly disrupt traffic on Bridge Street, the town’s busiest thoroughfare.

“Our first job was to ensure the supermarket could continue trading throughout the project, and we achieved that with a design that allowed us to stage the job appropriately,” Pat says. 

“We often worked behind sealed hoardings and used things like dust extraction fans and wet cutting in order to minimise noise

and dust. We also had a few early starts so that we could get major works completed outside of trading hours.”

Rendine carefully managed deliveries to minimise traffic disruption at the busy location, and liaised regularly with neighbouring residents and businesses to address any impacts.

Of the six new two-bedroom apartments constructed above the supermarket extension, two are single-level apartments,

and four set over two levels. The luxurious residences enjoy views to the Barwon River, the bridge to Ocean Grove,

and nearby Hitchcock Street. 

Rendine utilised post-tension concrete slabs to speed the process of constructing the residences, also incorporating fire

separation measures between the apartments and the supermarket below, plus sound abatement features to minimise

noise from neighbouring properties.

The completed project will mark a major step forward for IGA to better serve the needs of one of the most popular holiday destinations on the Bellarine Peninsula.

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