Mainbrace Constructions has been appointed to build the 20,000 square metre Yamanto Central shopping centre in Ipswich, QLD, with construction set to commence before the end of the year.

Shopping centre owner and manager, JMK Retail and development management group, DMA Partners will deliver the sub regional retail precinct at Yamanto, anchored by a full line Coles supermarket, latest generation Kmart, market hall, external dining precinct and more than 50 specialty shops.

JMK Retail general manager, Vicki Leavy said Yamanto Central demonstrates demand for places that act as a community hub as well as delivering much needed retail amenity to some of the fastest growing regions of Australia.

“The idea for Yamanto Central was conceived in response to a rapidly growing local population, seriously under serviced by retail and dining options. The announcement of Mainbrace as builder brings the realisation of a much wanted centre that much closer.

“This project is four years coming and it has been tremendous to work alongside DMA Partners, Buchan architects and Mainbrace Constructions as we developed this vital piece of infrastructure.”

Mainbrace QLD state manager, Duncan McAndrew said he is proud to be involved in delivering a project of this scale. “We’ve lived and breathed Yamanto Central for a number of years, having worked side-by-side with the owner, the development partners, and the design team in planning this important new piece of social infrastructure. We’ve enjoyed being part of the journey to date and we’re grateful to now be entrusted to bring the concept to fruition.”

DMA Partners managing director, Ryan Andersen said the project will cater to an existing trade area of 48,000 underserviced residents. “The community has been waiting so patiently for building to commence, and we are thrilled to see so much support for this project. We know that consumers are looking for more than just accessible shopping; rather a community hub that caters to everyday needs and provides an immersive, social destination, we firmly believe that experience should not be kept only to the metropolitan shopping centres.”