Colac Plaza

  • Value: $16 million
  • Client: Lascorp Development Group
  • Architect: i2C Architects
  • Project Manager: Urban
  • Date: 2017

The Colac Plaza retail development is located in the heart of Colac in southwest Victoria.

The site adjoins the Barongarook Creek, which required the implementation of significant urban design considerations to meet the requirements of the local water catchment authority. A stormwater filtration system was installed to filtrate all collected stormwater prior to discharging from site and a large culvert has been built beneath the loading dock area, which provides stormwater detention in the case of flooding during significant rain events. The development was built on a screw pile system to span over the poor soil conditions and a subsurface ventilation system was installed to enable methane gas to escape from the ground under the building.

The Shopping Centre is distributed between two major structures housing Coles, Liquorland and a variety of specialty tenancies with car parking and associated works. The changed traffic considerations, as a result of the development, required general civil works and a new VicRoads roundabout at the entrance to the Centre.

An ambitious construction programme required the works to commence in December 2016, with project completion in September 2017. The project was completed on time and on budget.

Photos by Lisbeth Grosmann.