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Client: AMP Capital Shopping Centres

Location: Booragoon

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.

At the beginning of 2013, discussions with the City of Melville and the Department of Planning commenced in relation to the preparation and content of an Activity Centre Plan.  Holding regular meetings with the City, the Department of Planning, Main Roads and the Department of Transport enabled Rowe Group and the remainder of the consulting team the opportunity to explore all the relevant issues and determine solutions.  The success of this approach was evidenced through the community engagement and public advertising processes where the plans were overwhelmingly supported.  The Activity Centre Plan also received strong Councillor support.

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.

AMP Capital, Garden City’s Development Manager, called on Rowe Group’s expertise with shopping centre redevelopment to prepare both the Melville City Centre Structure Plan and the Mixed Use Development Application for the expansion to the Centre.

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.