November 26, 2013

The Buchan Group was in the spotlight at MAPIC 2013, held in Cannes from November 13 – 15, 2013, where the focus was on four of the world’s most promising retail markets: Brazil, China, India and Russia.  The Buchan Group is working in Russia, India and China and designed CapitaMall Wuhan 1818, a new generation retail and lifestyle centre by CapitaLand, which was included in a case study.

Seen here at the Buchan stand at MAPIC are, from left, Bugra Yuksekkaya, Tom Klingholz and Chiara Beltrame.


November 7, 2013

A $575 million expansion of Eastland Shopping Centre and development of Ringwood Town Centre has been announced by QIC Global Real Estate on October 28, 2013. The Buchan Group is the architect for the project, which will transform Eastland into one of Melbourne’s most progressive and exciting urban shopping, entertainment and leisure destinations.

Managing Director of QIC Global Real Estate, Steven Leigh, and Victorian Premier, Dr Denis Napthine, marked the commencement of the construction at a sod-turning event at Eastland on October 28, 2013. 

The development will introduce David Jones, new mini-majors and approx. 150 new specialty stores to Eastland and will double the size of the existing centre to approx.127 000m². The existing Centre will be significantly enhanced to deliver a seamless retail experience.

Mr Leigh said that the creation of a world-class town square with quality retailing, contemporary al fresco dining incorporating signature restaurants, as well as generous public space for an integrated mix of activities would re-energise Ringwood’s urban centre.

A new, fully integrated Maroondah City Council library, learning and cultural centre forms a key element of the Ringwood Town Centre development, with the state-of-the-art community facility incorporating distinctive design, and innovative technology and services.


November 7, 2013

Woodgrove Shopping Centre’s $150 million expansion was opened by the Minister for Planning, the Hon. Matthew Guy, MLC, on November 1. The expansion by QIC Global Real Estate has more than doubled the size of the Centre and delivered a dynamic shopping, recreation and dining destination for the thriving region of Melton, Victoria. Big W and Woolworths are anchoring the expansion, which also includes new mini-majors and approx. 80 new specialty retailers, a new 550-seat Food Court, and a fully integrated dining and entertainment precinct. The development included a total upgrade of the existing centre, to deliver an integrated retail experience.

Grant Withers, Head of Design, led The Buchan Group’s team on Woodgrove, and is seen here (second from left) at the opening with L-R, Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy; QIC GRE Portfolio General Manager Andrew Lannen; QIC GRE Director – Investment Management, Stuart Miller; Managing Director, QIC Global Real Estate, Steven Leigh and Mayor of Melton Cr. Bob Turner.