Jape Homemaker Village Stage 6

Client:  Jape Homemaker Village
Value:  $3.1M
Timeframe:  2010 - 2011

Jape Kong Su arrived in Darwin in 1975, just after Cyclone Tracy. Although he spoke no English and knew very little about Australia, he was able to establish and successfully operate a small business supplying urgently needed accommodation in Darwin.  In 1977, he embarked on a major project by building the Jape Shopping Centre. The Jape Shopping Centre was a success and had a snowballing effect, as other developments started to emerge in the aftermath of Cyclone Tracy. Two sons also started a new business venture, and the Jape Furnishing Superstore was opened in October 1978 at the Jape Shopping Centre.

In 1989, the furnishing superstore was relocated to its current address in the next big project, the Jape Homemaker Village in suburban Millner. Today the Jape Furnishing Superstore employs over 300 staff and is a leading domestic and commercial furniture supplier in the Top End. The Jape Homemaker Village has grown from strength to strength since then, to include national stores like The Good Guys, Spotlight and Freedom. Additionally, major franchise businesses such as Forty Winks and Fernwood Women's Health Club provide great options for people in Darwin and Palmerston. As part of the ongoing growth and development of the store, Jape now plan to undertake the detailed design and construction of Stage 6 of Jape Homemaker Village.

In Novembers 2010 Larrakia Development Corporation were appointed to undertake the construction of Jape Stage 6. Stage 6 involves the: construction of a two store commercial building; civil earthworks; infrastructure works; office fit out; and landscaping. Larrakia Development Corporation has managed to keep to the tight timeframe by having a majority of the wall panel works undertaken off site in warehouses. Therefore despite three months of above average rainfalls and a cyclone Larrakia Development Corporation are currently only just behind the original program.

Ewan prepared the tender cost estimate. Kirsty is the Project Manager responsible for keeping the tight program on track, cost management, planning and forecasting; and  resource management. She worked closely with the Construction Manager to ensure all necessary resources were available to complete the works.

 Key Project Achievements:

  • Civil construction works completed on time, to budget and to a high quality standard.
  • Building construction works being undertaken on time, to budget and to a high quality standard.
  • Zero safety incidents occurred during construction to date.

 Relevant Key Project Learnings:

  • Constant and consistent communication to all members of the construction team can result in the project being completed on time, to budget and to a high quality standard.
  • Use of prefabricated concrete panels provided significant time savings to the project especially in Darwin's wettest wet season ever.



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