H&M Flagship Store
Key Features & Achievements
- Fast-track programme
- Detailed resource driven construction programming and staging
- Lean construction principles implemented
- Existing prominent heritage building
- Demolition of existing retail tenancies
- Refurbishment of existing base building facilities
- Fitout of H&M’s Australian flagship store
Located in the Heritage listed GPO building in the Melbourne CBD, the H&M flagship store represented the first store in Australia for the Swedish multinational retailer.
The flagship store is one of the largest H&M stores globally, which was to be completed in a timescale more familiar to much smaller stores in new shopping centre developments.
During the pre-construction period a detailed and fully resourced design, procurement and construction programme was developed. Lean construction principles were implemented and subcontractor workshops organised prior to works commencing to engage subcontractors in the timing, sequencing and staging of the works.
Due to the fast-track nature of the project an independent status reporting role was assumed. Three to four site inspections per week were carried out where programme reviews and updates were completed with the project team. This was particularly important in managing the evolving design and reacting quickly to existing building conditions as they were encountered.
The reporting of progress and updating of the master programme was also crucial to manage the integrated deliveries of store fixtures, services and merchandise and the early handover of key areas of the store. The target opening date was achieved and the store remains a highly successful store for H&M.