ICSC 2014 International Property Awards

November 25, 2014


The $300M North West Precinct development of Highpoint Shopping Centre was announced as the Winner of the Silver Award for Renovations and Expansions at the 2014 International Council of Shopping Centres’ Asia Pacific International Property Awards.  Owners GPT Group; Highpoint Property Group and GPT Wholesale Shopping Centre Fund received the award for the expansion, which introduced 100 new specialty stores to Highpoint and a new David Jones department store. The Buchan Group has worked on every stage of Highpoint’s development and provided Architecture, Master Planning and Retail Planning services.

National Export Award

November 25, 2014


The Buchan Group has been announced as the Winner of the Master Builders Association’s National Export Award.  The National Export Award is sponsored by the Australian Made Campaign and recognises the outstanding export performance of members and others in the Australian building and construction industry in the export market. The 2014 MBA National Awards were presented at a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra on November 21, 2014.

Over the last 24 years, we have expanded our business beyond Australia and New Zealand and currently we have projects in New Zealand, Japan, India, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Middle East, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as across Australasia.

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Residential Update

November 13, 2014

Residential work is one of our fastest-growing areas of business, with some 6500 units on our drawing boards, under construction or recently delivered around Australia.  In Melbourne, construction has commenced on Landream’s $50M The Trillium apartment tower (pictured) and the $105M Marco Melbourne development by Golden Sunrise Developments. Golden Age’s Emerald Apartments are nearing completion.  Medium density developments are also in demand for suburban locations and we are working on projects in Doncaster, Box Hill, Elsternwick, Northcote, Carnegie and Caulfield North.

In Queensland, we are designing a wide variety of high, medium and low-density developments, from the 606-unit WaterGlow at Surfers Paradise to sites in Indooroopilly’s Clarence Road, Felix Street Lutwyche, Southbank on Victoria in Rockhampton, and the recently completed Seahawk in Southport.

Perth is also experiencing demand for quality apartments and our work there includes 70 units at 31 Catherine Street, Subiaco, and a boutique development in Duke Street, East Fremantle.

Moving House

November 12, 2014

The Melbourne studio is relocating early in 2015  to Level 1 of the former Mail Exchange at 696 Bourke Street, Melbourne, on the corner of Spencer Street.

Completed in 1917, the Mail Exchange is one of the earliest examples in Melbourne of Classical revival architecture as practised in America, and was designed by the first Commonwealth Government Architect, John Smith Murdoch. The site has an even earlier place in Melbourne’s history.  It was acquired from the Crown by the city’s first Surveyor General, Robert Hoddle, for a two-storey Georgian home and gardens where he lived until his death in 1881.

New Gold Coast office

November 12, 2014

The Gold Coast office has relocated to new premises at Level 5, 64 Marine Parade in Southport's revitalised CBD. Telephone and other contact details are unchanged. 

The larger, open plan office takes advantage of the better location and sweeping Broadwater views to create a high-quality workplace for design and collaboration.

We look forward to welcoming you to the new studio.

Baccarat Pavilion a winner

November 12, 2014

The Baccarat Pavilion at Adelaide Casino was been honoured by the Master Builders Association of South Australia in last month’s MBASA Awards.  Designed by The Buchan Group and constructed by Schiavello, the Baccarat Pavilion is inspired by the classic pavilions of China and South East Asia and features an elevated platform with a lowered ceiling treatment, which defines the space as a single room within the existing gaming floor.

Australian Smart Lighting Summit

November 12, 2014

Principal David MacLeod addressed the Australian Smart Lighting Summit held in August at the Melbourne Convention Centre.  David’s topic was Illuminating the Keys to Sustainable 21st Century Mall Design, in which he drew on his extensive experience across China, the Middle East, Europe, the UK and Australia, to discuss the role of good retail planning and appropriate illumination in the attraction and retention of today’s sophisticated shoppers. 

The Summit was organised under the patronage of Professor Rob Adams and the design team at the City of Melbourne and attracted a large audience of lighting industry professionals, developers, architects and designers.

Macau Conference

November 12, 2014

Mary Traitsis, the Principal who led our team on the 27 Little Collins Street development of the Sheraton Melbourne Hotel and apartments, recently addressed the 5th Annual Resorts & Entertainment Conference in Macau. Mary’s paper, presented to almost 100 delegates from across Asia, drew on the Sheraton Melbourne Hotel project and was titled How to Maintain a Resort Feel Within an Urban Environment and Mixed Use Development.

Rolleston Square opens

November 11, 2014


The recently opened Rolleston Square has been designed to meet a full range of community needs in this fast-growing urban centre of Canterbury, NZ.  Both convenience and destination shopping are provided within the environmentally aware centre, which was fully tenanted from its opening in September 2014.  Our design created a building form that is residential in scale and uses natural materials, including off the form concrete, stained ply and galvanised steel, capped with an insulated roof system.  Maximum leasable areas were achieved within the budget and to the desired aestheic.

The new complex includes an Integrated Family Health Centre, Coffee Culture Café, Westpac Bank, Upmarket Hair Salon, Unichem Pharmacy and Snap Fitness Gym.

The Buchan team was led by Practice Manager Raylene McEwan.

EPORO TOWER, Melbourne, Aust.

November 11, 2014

Uniquely among CBD towers in Melbourne, the Coptic Church’s Eporo Tower development mixes three levels of worship with church offices, retail and residential apartments.  The project guarantees the longevity of the Coptic Church’s CBD presence and the design by The Buchan Group is elegant and striking in its form. 

The glazed, 43-storey tower comprises 307 residential apartments and surmounts a 12-storey “jewel box” podium building which contains ground level retail and cafe spaces, the levels of worship and new office for the Coptic Church, as well as 7 levels of residential car parking.

A dedicated ground level entrance for the residential apartments is provided on La Trobe Street, with a Lobby Lounge provided inside the front entrance and a Gallery leading through to three passenger lifts serving the residential apartments. An exclusive Residents’ Lounge containing dining spaces, kitchen, cinema and lounge spaces is provided at Level 11, with outdoor terraces providing amenity and views of the city and beyond. 

Principal Nick Nigro is leading the architectural team and construction has commenced.


November 3, 2014

Featherbrook Shopping Centre at Point Cook, west of the Melbourne CBD, celebrated the opening of anchor store Woolworths on October 28. The $15M greenfield development by Central Equity is a neighbourhood shopping centre supporting new residential development and adjacent community facilities including a Medical Centre, Child Care, Sport Club, Primary School and Tavern. The centre, which incorporates 15 Specialty tenancies has a GLA of 5000 m². 

Seen here at the opening are, from left, The Buchan Group’s Alistair Blakeley and Principal Craig McLeod, who led the architectural team, with, from Central Equity Doug Vallance, Paul Moller and Rocco Iacobucci.