Progressive Enterprises Ltd has appointed Ebert Construction Ltd as the main contractor to build the Countdown supermarket on the former DYC Vinegar site in Ponsonby – better known for its unsuccessful previous development tag of Soho Square, which became Sohole, but renamed as the Cider building & Vinegar Lane.
The supermarket company sold the Vinegar Lane half of the site on Crummer Rd, Pollen St & Williamson Avenue to individual buyers to develop a quirky mix of lowrise residential & office addresses.
Ebert has been on site since early August undertaking preparatory works for the $95 million Cider Building, which will house the Countdown supermarket on the Williamson Avenue/Pollen St side.
Work has been under way since December, but Progressive’s property general manager, Adrian Walker, said the appointment of Ebert was a significant milestone: “The Cider Building is central to the development and will be home to 14,000m² of supermarket, specialty retail & office space on the Williamson Avenue side of the site.
“The building will consist of 3 levels of office space above the Countdown supermarket, which will also include 10 retail outlets fronting Williamson Avenue & Pollen St. There will be 5 levels of parking below the Cider Building, including 220 dedicated car parks for Countdown shoppers.”
Ebert’s first task has been to undertake enabling works for the construction of a transformer room, scheduled for completion in mid-December, and the contractor will soon start piling along the Ponsonby Rd boundary to form a retaining wall.
Mr Walker said little would be visible until March, when the basement structure will be above ground. Estimated completion for the Cider building is the second quarter of 2016.
When foundation works on the Vinegar Lane side of the site (Crummer Rd/Pollen St) are completed this month, the individual lots will be ready for construction.
Attribution: Company release.