This 9,000m² outshines Calder Stewart’s original build, with additional floor space and inventory. The new design is a green build with prefabricated parts and a solar array that lets Mitre 10 Mega regularly go off-grid.
Calder Stewart has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with New Zealand owned brand Mitre 10 Mega, going back nearly two decades. We were the primary contractor on their first Megastore in Dunedin in 2004. Since that time, many additional Mitre 10 Mega outlets have sprung up across the country, including this most recent facility in Wanaka, in which we again held a key construction role.
The new 9,000m² building sits on a 2.8ha site, on the eastern side of the Three Parks business centre. The store replaces our original and offers additional floor space and a deeper inventory to serve the Wanaka region's growing needs.
Five years of planning went into the Wanaka store's development and design. The building's plan makes extensive use of prefabricated parts and aims to conserve energy across all categories. As owner Martin Dippie explains, "the store can be taken off the grid for quite a chunk of the year. It's a state-of-the-art 'green' building".
The store includes a large retail hall and an expansive, drive-through trade yard, boasting one of the largest supply inventories in the region. An additional retail hall features second-level administrative offices overlooking the floor, accented with wood laminate panels imported from Finland. Also part of the build was an expanded garden centre and public cafe, with a building exterior that uses a balanced approach in presenting the company orange and black branded colours.
Construction was halted due to the pandemic lockdown. Still, thanks to our ability to flexibly source from its extensive labour pool, the necessary workforce was available to complete the project on time."