■ GARDEN CITY SHOPPING CENTRE EXPANSION
Client: AMP Capital Shopping Centres
Cost: Approximately $750 million
Garden City to remain as one of Australia’s premiere retail, entertainment and leisure destinations as a result of the approval to expand. Increased residential densities also facilitated by planning undertaken by Rowe Group on behalf of the Centre owner.
In April 2014, the West Australian Planning Commission approved the Melville City Centre Structure Plan. The Structure Plan proposed an increase in retail the floorspace within the Melville City Centre Area, the introduction of a range of other uses and a significant up-coding of residential densities. The approved Centre Plan allowed for 120,000m2 of Shop/Retail floorspace and approximately 1,400 dwellings, whilst also requiring road improvements and the creation of improved urban design outcomes.
The adoption of the Activity Centre Plan allowed for lodgement of a development application for the redevelopment and expansion of the shopping centre. In December 2015, approval was granted to this first stage. The Shopping Centre will undergo a major facelift and see the centre almost double in size. The development will introduce restaurants, cafes and other entertainment venues fronting a high street, along with facilitating the development of a new public library and an upgraded and relocated cinema complex.
Rowe Group’s planning knowledge and collaboration skills were utilised during the preparation of the Activity Centre Plan which was approved in record time. Rowe Group worked closely with the City of Melville during the assessment of the development application ensuring that agreement was reached in relation to the conditions of approval.
Construction is expected to commence in 2017.