Wet weather left its mark

The big pour for the underfloor car park of a new Coles supermarket.
The big pour for the underfloor car park of a new Coles supermarket. submitted

A GIANT pour of 2500 square metres of concrete has completed half an underfloor car park for Coffs Harbour’s new Coles supermarket.

Wet weather has slowed work on the $23 million Harbour Drive project and construction is likely to miss its original completion date of mid-November.

A spokesman for the developers, Roger Pryce, said at one stage they had pumped 1.2 million litres of water out of the construction site to continue work.

“We have lost a huge number of days due to wet weather when we had no concrete in, so we think building will continue into 2012,” Mr Pryce said.

“We have a very good and very experienced builder, and if we get a decent run it could be earlier.”

Ninety 20-metre underground columns pinned to hard rock under the site each hold down 60 tonnes to counteract the upward pressure of the building, which will have 4300sq m of supermarket space and parking for 143 cars.

Columns to support the floor above the car park are currently being poured.

The building will have travelators from the footpath and from the car park, as well as a lift from the car park.

Mr Pryce said the cost of the development had been increased by the rise in the Coffs Harbour City Council car parking levy in the CBD, which had risen during planning for the development, from $1700 per car space in December 2008 to $17,000 in January 2009, and was now $18,000.The levy applies to extra spaces required by the council which cannot be provided on site.

He said the development company, Canzon Pty Ltd, whose major shareholders are local business people Kay Gam and Mr Pryce, had carried out a $30,000 traffic study of supermarket parking from Queensland to Victoria, in order to provide information to Coffs Harbour City Council on parking issues.

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