Fraser Coast Motor Centre
Fraser Coast Motor Centre was an existing car dealership combining both Ford, VW and Hyundai dealerships operating out of one small showroom. The refurbishment required the partial demolition of the existing building to construct two separate modern showroom buildings to showcase new car arrivals as well as incorporating new modern workshop and office facilities.
Requiring complex coordination over a commercially busy corner allotment, the build required all businesses to remain fully operational (including the workshop) during the entire construction process. Multiple staged construction was programmed to allow for a safe staggered demolition timetable, enabling the new FORD showroom and workshop to be constructed, existing structures to be secured and braced, and the business’s relocated, in order that the existing showroom could be integrated into the new stage two structure.
The project having total site area of 4378 m2 with a Building Site footprint of 2198 m2 and first floor footprint of 327m2. The construction consisted of existing blockwork wall which was over 5 metres height connected to new tilt panel walls, with portal steel frame and Colorbond trimdeck roofing, the backbone for extensive glazing to the street frontage, modern workshop, board rooms, lunchroom, offices and amenities.
This project had a tight program timeframe with latent conditions being addressed, such as historically buried concrete mounds the size of small cars and disused and decommissioned fuel tanks requiring Council approval and on site treatment. The contracts Design and Construct, construction program, of 202 days received practical completion from the client on the 15th August 2014, ahead of schedule, and of course also took into account that common Hervey Bay commercial issue of inconsistent street water pressures, requiring a late upgrade of the Fire Hydrant system, including installation of an accessible fire hydrant booster, mid project, to be integrated into an already compact and busy road frontage. With consultation with all parties PBS designed and built a fire hydrant booster capable of supporting a vehicle, which is now used as a display platform for new vehicles.