Appointment of New CEO

February 26, 2014

David Martin has joined The Buchan Group as CEO of Buchan’s Melbourne, Shanghai, London and Dubai offices.

David has broad industry experience gained over 24 years in manufacturing, engineering and construction. He has specialist experience in the improvement of business performance and has held various General Manager, Director and Chief Executive Officer positions. David joins The Buchan Group at a significant point in the Group’s implementation of a long-term strategy of global growth and will play a key role in developing a business structure that will take Buchan to the next stage of its international maturity.

Announcing David’s appointment, Managing Director Bruce Shaw said:  “As our business continues to grow, it is important that we have the structure and practices necessary for operating in a global marketplace. David brings these skills to his role at The Buchan Group, making him a most valued addition to our management team.”


February 13, 2014

The Buchan Group has been ranked as one of the top five practices in retail design in the world and the highest ranked retail design firm in SE Asia. The rankings are part of World Architecture magazine’s recently released 2014 World Survey, the only such international listing. 

The practice has a globalisation strategy that sees it working on a wave of major retail and mixed use developments in China, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nigeria,  Russia, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  Redevelopments, new builds, expansions and significant heritage projects are all on the Buchan drawing boards. 

Recent Buchan projects include Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City in the UK, Chadstone’s award-winning West Mall,
the internationally acknowledged Christchurch Re:START
Shopping Mall and DiverCity Tokyo.

Buchan concept gets Russian approval

February 10, 2014

A concept by The Buchan Group for the revitalisation and expansion of one of the St Petersburg’s grandest and most-loved buildings, the 18th century Gostiny Dvor retail galleria, has been granted approval to proceed by the city authorities. 

Buchan Principal, Simon Scott, said that Gostiny Dvor is often compared to the Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Harrods in London or Gumm in Moscow. 

“It was designed by architect Jean-Baptiste Vallin de la Mothe and is St. Petersburg’s oldest shopping centre and one of the oldest shopping arcades in the world.  In recent times, it has lost trade to new shopping malls and complexes throughout the city and is no longer efficient,” Mr Scott said.

“Gostiny Dvor is in a prime location on Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main retail and entertainment precinct, and its metro station gives it a major advantage. Our concept aims to maximise this and to make it competitive with what are presently stronger and more contemporary retail offers.”

The Buchan Group’s concept for developer Fort Group would double the size of the shopping complex. Gostiny Dvor currently occupies about 80,000m² and the proposed glass cupola would increase the property’s usable area up to 150,000m².