Victoria’s Springvale Homemaker Centre, which is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, has appointed Grosvenor Engineering Group to implement a new tailored maintenance program comprising heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems.

Additional services to be executed across the homemaker centre include Building Management and Control Systems, water treatment and essential service maintenance. 

The centre has approximately 72,000 sqm of gross lettable area and is owned by Harvey Norman.

According to Harvey Norman’s head of property management, Michael Read, the Springvale Homemaker Centre features a fully integrated Ikea store, anchored by best in class retailers including Harvey Norman, Domayne, Nick Scali, Anaconda and JB Hi-Fi plus 25 other specialty brands.

“Grosvenor’s successful appointment and subsequent delivery of proactive, consistent and cost-effective maintenance services over the past 12 months at our NSW flagship asset - Penrith Homemaker Centre, helped guide our decision to appoint them to Springvale Homemaker Centre upon completion of the tender process,” Read said.

Michael Brooker, national business development manager for Grosvenor Engineering Group, said the end goal is to increase the asset value of Springvale Homemaker Centre, as well as make the asset more appealing in a competitive marketplace to prospective tenants.

He said Grosvenor has maintained retail clients and centres for over two decades.

“We have a deep understanding of the retail landscape and work closely with clients to achieve better outcomes,” Brooker said.

“A comprehensive equipment audit and asset validation will be undertaken by a dedicated audit team. The identification of capital expenditure forecasts and outstanding issues will be addressed to provide a thorough evaluation of building assets.”

“The findings will enable Grosvenor to make timely recommendations for repairs, replacements or upgrades of the air conditioning and mechanical assets. Asset data will be used to find ways to reduce total asset lifecycle costs and maintain comfort levels to increase occupant times within the centre,” he added.

An Australian owned company established in 1994, Grosvenor revenue exceeds $200 million and the company employs more than 850 staff across Australia.

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