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GOLD AWARD FOR WESTFIELD STRATFORD CITY

January 30, 2012

Westfield Stratford City has received the British Council of Shopping Centres’ 2011 Gold Award for an In-Town Retail Scheme Over 300 000 ft².  The £1.8B shopping centre opened in September 2011 and is the largest urban shopping centre in Europe. The development is the prestigious gateway to the London 2012 Olympic Park and a key component of the regeneration of this significant area in East London.

Westfield appointed The Buchan Group in 2006 to provide Executive Architectural Services for Westfield Stratford City. The Buchan Group supported Westfield’s Design Team, acted as lead design consultant for the Westfield Stratford City project and delivered its scope of services from development of the Scheme Design, (RIBA Stage D), through to Construction Support services and final contract completion.

CHRISTCHURCH RE:START, NZ

January 20, 2012

An innovative shopping precinct designed by The Buchan Group to be constructed from shipping containers has brought shoppers back to the Christchurch CBD and drawn attention from around the world. 

Cashel Mall was badly damaged by the devastating earthquake that struck the city last year and had been closed to the public.  The Buchan Group worked with the city’s Re:START Group and designed a portable, modular concept that could be used for single or multi-storey formats to create an interesting, vibrant retail precinct.  The design created a north and south precinct and sited the containers so as to screen damaged areas.  Generous public space is a feature of both precincts, each of which has a cafe, seating and extensive landscaping. Landowners allowed Re:START to use the land without cost and 27 retailers committed to the project, including Ballantynes department store.  

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key opened the project on October 29, 2011.  Re:START received financial support from the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust and ASB.  Associate Anton Tritt led The Buchan Group’s project team.

PROJECTS

January 20, 2012

The Emporium Melbourne will complete the rejuvenation of Myer Melbourne and provide the final link in the chain of upgrades from the Myer Bourke Street and David Jones stores, through to Melbourne Central and QV.  The $1.12B development by Colonial First State Global Asset Management in partnership with GIC is under construction and is expected to open in time for Christmas 2013 trading.  The Buchan Group’s design maximises trading space within the former Myer Lonsdale Street store, providing 46 000m² GLA  for the anticipated 225 tenancies. The Buchan Group’s project team is being led by Director Bruce Shaw and Project Director Chris Ball.

PROJECTS

January 20, 2012

The 950 Hay / The Melbourne development in the heart of the resources / oil and gas precinct of the Perth CBD will create a new A-grade office tower with large floor plates that maximise the strength of its prominent and accessible location.  The new tower will be subtly cantilevered above the heritage-listed Melbourne Hotel and is designed to achieve a 4.5 NABERS rating and a 4 Star Green Star Office V3 rating. As part of the project, 21 of the existing hotel rooms will be refurbished, and 20 new rooms will be constructed Director Lou Cotter is leading The Buchan Group team for the.  The $55M development is by Oakesfield Pte Ltd and is scheduled for completion in early 2014.

SHANGHAI OFFICE LAUNCHED

January 20, 2012

The Buchan Group’s Shanghai office was officially launched on November 3, 2011 with a cocktail party in the new premises on Level 7 of Da Tong Business Building.  Director David MacLeod and colleagues Jason Zhang and John Dennis were joined by staff members in welcoming more than 70 guests, who included clients and colleagues from throughout Asia.  Seen here at the launch party with David MacLeod and Jason Zhang is Luisa Rust, Trade Commissioner, Australian Trade Commission, Shanghai.

NZ MARKS 20 YEARS

January 20, 2012

Clients, consultants and former staff members joined Managing Director Greg Sheehan, Principals Mike Jakobi and Peter Zillman, Associate Director David Thornton and staff of The Buchan Group recently at a cocktail party in Auckland to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Group in New Zealand. Managing Director Greg Sheehan said that the New Zealand practice had played an integral role in shaping the country’s commercial landscape since its opening in 1991 in Auckland. While early projects had drawn on The Buchan Group’s retail expertise with projects such as The Palms, DressSmart and West City Plaza, the range of projects had grown to include Christchurch Art Gallery, commercial offices such as the Hallensteins building in Christchurch, high-rise residential developments and hospitality projects.