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Company: LT McGuinness, Wellington
Project:David Jones Department Store, Wellington
This project comprised the fit-out of the former Kirkcaldies & Stains department store, located in the heritage listed building of the same name, on Wellington’s Lambton Quay. With the closure of Kircaldies & Stains in 2015, Australian retailer, David Jones took over the space, which was to be the location of their first New Zealand store.
The interior of the three-story building was stripped back to a concrete shell, seismic strengthening was undertaken, and a 6,000m2 fit-out undertaken for the new David Jones store. Chris was faced with an extremely tight program of 115 days, which with the first month taken up by demolition, the fit-out became internally known as the 100-day job.
To achieve that timeline necessitated a 24/7 construction operation, and coordination of up to 250 contractors on site at any given time. This included the integration of 64 Australian joinery companies, none of whom had any prior New Zealand experience.
Chris’ attention to detail and ability to clearly lead the project team through a pro-active, well planned and solutions based processes, ensured that an exceptional retail facility was delivered.