KCL Law’s Construction and Infrastructure team recently advised Maben and assisted negotiations in regard to the building contract for the redevelopment of Box Hill Central Southern Precinct (West End) by one of Australia’s largest retail real estate businesses, Vicinity Centres.
Creating a high-quality and integrated shopping precinct, the 10,500 square metre redevelopment of retail and car park lobby areas includes a new southern entry and mall extension to accommodate a new Coles Supermarket among other retail stores.
Construction commenced in July 2021 and is due to be completed in late 2022. The redevelopment of Box Hill Central’s southern precinct is the first part of a major redevelopment project, turning Vicinity’s entire Box Hill Central asset into a market-leading mixed-use destination boasting commercial offices and residential living as well as the already popular retail centre.
Principal Lawyer Damien Simonetti and Lawyer Jaimi Johanson advised Maben’s Director heading the project, Ben Pedersen and his team, assisting in negotiations on the amended AS4300-1995 Design and Construct Contract which involved a number of complexities including design risk and novation of consultants, delay events, COVID and legislative entitlements, insurances, indemnities and order of document precedence.
Damien Simonetti said, “We were delighted to advise and work with the Maben team in connection with such an important development. Ben has a great understanding of the commercial construction market and contracts and that reflects in the ease with which Maben is able to tender projects and negotiate contract terms. We look forward to seeing the development progress in the fast-growing Box Hill precinct and Maben’s ongoing role”.
Damien Simonetti and the team at KCL Law have been providing construction legal advice to Maben for several years and their proficiency and knowledge of the Melbourne commercial construction sector has been valuable for the growth of the Maben Group business. Ben Pedersen, Director said, “Maben strives for a straightforward and fair-minded approach to legal matters, and we value honest relationships with both clients and subcontractors alike. Damien understands our culture and successfully tailors his advice to meet these objectives”.
Maben Group provides construction management services and has provided skilled teams to a wide range of commercial projects since 2004.
The Construction and Infrastructure team’s role in the redevelopment of Box Hill Central follows other successful and complex contract advices and negotiations that KCL Law has been closely involved in with Maben, including:
- four separate amended AS4902-2000 Design and Construct building contracts in relation to the ongoing redevelopment of Highpoint (including the centre’s aesthetic upgrades Stage 1 and Stage 2, Myer and Target) by investment trust GPT Group; and
- a completely bespoke design and construct building contract for EastCo, the new Victorian Department of Transport Head office currently under construction in Ringwood by the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC).
The team has also provided ongoing project advice to Maben in relation to the EastCo project on programming and general contract administration.