Principal Appointed

October 22, 2014

Westfield design expert DAVID McCARROLL has joined The Buchan Group’s Design Team in China. David has been appointed to the role of Principal and will be based in the Shanghai office.  He also joins the Global Leadership Team.

David has more than 25 years of specialist Retail Design experience working at Westfield and Lend Lease.  His Westfield projects included Westfield Bondi Junction and Westfield Doncaster, as well as numerous other developments.   As Senior Design Architect at Lend Lease, he worked on shopping centres, major mixed use developments and other large-scale projects throughout Australia and New Zealand.  David has a development mindset based on extensive experience, as opposed to a purely design focus, and this enables him to offer a perspective of the retail market complementary to the skills already within The Buchan Group.

Dandenong Plaza Opening

October 20, 2014

The GPT Group has opened a redevelopment at Dandenong Plaza that enhances and diversifies the Centre’s offer. A former 15 000m² anchor tenancy over three levels has been broken down into a mix of smaller tenancies chosen to revitalise the mall space and generate more visitations to the Centre. Mini-majors ALDI, Trade Secrets, Daiso and JB Hi Fi, together with a number of smaller specialty tenancies such as an African supermarket and Degani’s café, now occupy the space that was for many years home to a Myer department store. The redevelopment opened on October 16, 2014. Principal Craig McLeod and Senior Designer Anita Bell led The Buchan Group on the project.

Pictured at the opening of the Dandenong Plaza redevelopment are, from left, Paul Neilsen, Development Manager, The GPT Group, with Anita Bell and Craig McLeod.