LaLaport Fujimi set for April opening

March 30, 2015

The new Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport Fujimi will open on April 10, 2015, marking the completion of The Buchan Group’s fourth project for Mitsui Fudosan. The Centre is the first to express the new LaLaport target concept of “a place where people interact”. Principal Harvey Male describes the project as “integrated with the community”. In addition to three levels of retail with 293 stores in a circuit plan, the project is set in 8700m² of parkland to enable people and culture to intersect. The landscaping extends to part of the roof and façade, as well as the 3-level retail atrium, creating a mood of wellness and of being at one with nature. Entertainment and restaurants are included in the development, which responds to the diverse lifestyles of the catchment.

Brett Saville takes PCA Gold Coast Chair

March 15, 2015

Director Brett Saville is the new Chair of the Property Council of Australia’s Gold Coast Committee.

Brett heads our Gold Coast studio and has worked on some of the city’s most iconic buildings, including Q1, Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel & Residences, Jupiters Casino and Hotel and Robina Town Centre. He is a passionate advocate for the Gold Coast and of the importance of long-term planning to guide the region’s rapid growth.

Cloisters On Hay sets new standard

March 2, 2015

The $70M redevelopment of Cloisters on Hay was essential to the revitalisation of this significant property in the heart of the Perth CBD.

The project, for Perth Diocesan Trustees, comprised the transformation of an existing two level office and retail building into a 10-storey 5-Star Green Star retail and office tower over a functioning carpark. The revitalisation has significantly improved revenue-generating potential to the building owner.

The Buchan Group’s principal design philosophy in transforming this unique heritage landmark was to create a vital and energising public domain.  The new office consists of a simple stepped rectangular office volume that maximises net lettable areas, flexibility and daylight access for office floors.

The design of the new retail centre incorporated frameless glass shopfronts to a realigned arcade, providing a direct vista from Hay Street to St Georges Terrace, dramatically improving ease of circulation and legibility.  The Cloisters retail centre was fully leased at the time of opening in mid 2014.