For the July edition of Australian National Construction - Major Project Review magazine, VIC Quantity Surveying Director, Mark Vass, was invited to make an industry comment...
"The Australian retail sector has in recent years struggled with a shift in buying trends; however we are still waiting on the effects of international online retailers.
Department stores are ramping up their presence, focusing on refurbishing existing stores as well as opening new stores to increase their brand and successful return on investment. This has also influenced other retail and national food chains, who have been busy developing ambitious programs for increasing their number of stores across the country over the next five years; particularly in light of UK brands such as Debenhams, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer, anticipating to hit our shores in the near future.
At Donald Cant Watts Corke, we have a strong retail portfolio across helping clients achieve their capital delivery programs providing a solid understanding of both landlord and tenancy requirements.
There is a focus on introducing innovative practices to ensure improved project results, such as a specifically designed application software that gathers data to track cost, time, quality and benchmarking for successful capital delivery programs. WebCert is ideally suited to clients who have a portfolio of projects and require information consolidation. The results encapsulate those critical areas required by all stakeholders at all levels, from highlighting functional space overviews through to project trade-specific data.
With over $4 billion worth of retail project experience across Australia, our team of professionals are highly equipped to services your needs,” said Mark Vass, Victorian Director and retail sector expert for Donald Cant Watts Corke.