JR Duty Free

JR Duty Free

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Project Duration: June 2009  – November 2009
Client: JR Duty Free

Miyamoto International NZ (formerly Impact) achieved turning a vision for new retail stores into reality under challenging conditions. Australian- based retail operator JR Duty Free took over the existing duty-free tenancies at Wellington International Airport. They wanted to introduce a fresh, sophisticated look to their stores.

With no design, consultants or well- defined budget and a non-negotiable end date, the project had all the factors for disaster. The project was made even more challenging by the airport environment. All construction took place in an ‘airside’ environment. This is a Customs, Police and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry controlled area with a narrow window of eight hours per day divided into two shifts in which the works could be done. To add to the project constraints, the two existing stores had to remain operational during a staged construction process.

The project team drew on its successful history of tenancy work at the Wellington International Airport to bring the project together. Over four months, we managed the design and construction of two major airside tenancy fit-outs as well as work on two landside stores. The airside tenancies were tripled in floor area from the original footprint. We utilised our in- house design expertise to create a clean new look and feel to the airside arrivals and departures stores and provide a strong point of difference for airport shoppers.

The project team led JR Duty Free management, staff and the contractor Maycroft Construction through an effective process of design, approvals and construction with staged handovers, while keeping firm control over programme, budget and quality.

The successful completion of the new JR Duty Free stores at Wellington International Airport demonstrates what can be achieved with a shared vision, good communication and hard work.