Coles Ipswich


When Cr Paul Pisasale opened the new Coles Superstore in Ipswich it signalled a return of the retail giant to the city centre. The Brisbane Street store was totally destroyed in the Jan 2011 floods and required a re-thinking of the site. Alongside Coles Group Property Development we recreated a new presence for the site, resistant to the type of flooding seen throughout the city. 






Opened in February 2013, the new centre elevated the store above the 2011 flood levels and utilised the undercroft space for a 200 space carpark. A further 80 cars were located on the elevated level and all servicing (including a substation that could feed back into the City grid) were moved well above the tide line to protect them from future events. 

Also the first in Queensland to be built to the Coles Superstore concept combining their normal supermarket lines with a general merchandise area all within a single 6000m²  store.  The store features an in-store bakery and butchery, delicatessen and fishmonger, a new concept fruit and vegetable display, and an adjoined Liquorland and café.

There was a requirement to lower the overall lifecycle costs of the building by exceeding the National Construction Code requirements for energy efficiency. The building was wrapped in a layer of Kingspan walling and roofing to provide extra insulation. 

Built by Hutchinson Builders utilising an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) process which engaged the builder in the design development phase of the project. This enabled a collaborative approach to cost control as the documents were being prepared. Informed design decision that impact costs made early on meant changes could be made with minimal wastage while still having maximum effect on the budget controls.


Coles Group Property Development

Our role

Concept & Schematic Design  | Development Application | Design Development | Contract Documentation | Construction Drawings | Contract Administration


Construction completed February 2013


Len Powe, Matthew Johnson & Michael Ellis

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