Richard Rothery, Senior Project Manager
David Jones – Real Estate Development
30 July 2020
David Jones appointed RCP in 2015 to provide project management and specialist programming services from concept design to completion for the $200m redevelopment of the David Jones Elizabeth Street store in Sydney’s CBD.
The project included the integration of the David Jones Market Street store into the Elizabeth Street store, bringing the 90+ year old building up to current code whilst maintaining and celebrating its rich history and heritage. Construction completion was achieved in April 2020 with the store now housing all of David Jones’ departments across 35,000sqm of world class retail space.
A redevelopment of this size and complexity and within such an old building was never going to be without its challenges. RCP was instrumental in mitigating the significant risk posed to David Jones on this project, particularly in relation to overcoming many latent conditions and structural issues and ensuring the store continued to trade at all times during the construction works.
RCP developed many complex staging strategies to ensure the customer experience remained world-class. Their forward planning and leadership was instrumental in guiding the project team to develop innovative solutions and their valued engineering skills and ability to successfully negotiate with authorities resulted in major cost savings on this project.
RCP’s ability to assemble and lead a highly skilled consultant and project delivery team played a key role in ensuring an outstanding project outcome, which has reset the benchmark for department stores in the Southern Hemisphere and has exceeded the expectations of all involved. I congratulate RCP for their outstanding achievement on this project and would not hesitate to recommend or engage the RCP Sydney team on future major retail redevelopment projects.
Concept Architect: Benoy, Singapore
Documentation Architect: Crone Architects
Builder: Mainbrace Constructions
Photographer (building internal): Gavin Wang – Property Launch