Emporium Melbourne shortlisted for Interior Design Excellence Award

August 28, 2015

Emporium Melbourne was shortlisted for the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2015, Public Space category, at an exclusive event in Sydney last week.

The project was one of 200 finalists shortlisted from nominations received from around Australia.

The annual IDEA Awards are Australia’s largest and most successful independent design awards program. Launched by (inside) magazine in 2003, the program celebrates the best of Australian interior and product design.

Emporium Melbourne forms the final link in the pedestrian chain of Australia’s most powerful CBD retail precinct, linking Myer, David Jones, Melbourne Central, The Strand Arcade and Melbourne’s GPO.  The design brief called for a premium, interconnected, vertical retail environment reflecting the character and shopping experience of Melbourne’s iconic network of laneways.

The timeless interior concept for the development merges the charm of quintessential Melbourne with the allure of contemporary retail malls to create this uniquely urban shopping destination. 

The Buchan Group Principal, Chris Ball, said “we are delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious award that showcases our innovation in design and delivery.  It was a fantastic collaborative effort from the entire project team in delivering such an ambitious project.” 

“Emporium Melbourne was an exemplary project to work on, presenting the opportunity to merge the historic charm of the site with modern retail design principles,” said Chris.

Design elements include polished stone floors crafted from bluestone, reminiscent of the city’s laneways, and classical travertine sourced from Italy.  The spacious malls are interspersed with numerous customer lounges, each furnished in a unique contemporary style. 

High quality finishes with timber-detailed ceilings and gloss white louvres complete the exquisite interior detail, and shoppers enjoy nothing less than 5-star hotel quality amenities.

Winners will be announced at the 2015 Gala Party in Melbourne on 20 November 2015.

Australia’s first Legoland Discovery Centre to open at Chadstone

August 20, 2015

Federation Centres and global leisure giant, Merlin Entertainments, have announced plans to open the first Legoland Discovery Centre in the southern hemisphere within Australia’s number one retail destination, Chadstone Shopping Centre.

The 2800sqm attraction is due to open in autumn 2017 and will boast interactive rides, play areas, a 4D cinema and ‘Miniland’ which will include iconic buildings from Melbourne’s skyline and landmarks from the surrounding area.

The new Legoland is part of the $600 million redevelopment of Chadstone Shopping Centre that will cement the mall as the biggest shopping centre in the country and a world leading retail and leisure destination.

The Buchan Group is the lead architect for the new retail, entertainment & lifestyle precinct for the Centre, including Legoland, and is thrilled to be contributing to this highly anticipated cornerstone of the development.

“We are delighted to be collaborating with Federation Centres and the team at Merlin to deliver this exciting project.  We have no doubt Legoland will be a hugely successful addition to the Centre,” said The Buchan Group Principal, Andrew Mackenzie.

The Buchan Group is also designing the infrastructure component of the Chadstone redevelopment, including the state of the art interactive bus interchange which was recently opened by the Minister for Public Transport.

Plans and designs are already in place for the Legoland Discovery Centre and construction is expected to begin in June 2016.

The Shard set to deliver a new level of welcome at Eastland

August 17, 2015

The Shard is set to deliver a new level of welcome as an iconic entrance feature in QIC’s $575M redevelopment of Eastland Shopping Centre. Named for its unique glass sculptural form that pierces through the ground plane toward the retail levels below, The Shard will act as the main transitioning point for visitors to Eastland and its new Town Square. The Buchan Group, in collaboration with ACME (UK), designed the 24m by 12m steel roof structure which cantilevers to create the effect of a floating roof form. 

“It was extremely rewarding collaborating with QIC, ACME, Inhabit (façade and structural engineers) and UAP (fabricators), to deliver this striking feature for the development,” said Project Principal, Grant Withers.

The Shard’s complex compound curves were achieved by creating prefabricated aluminum sections which connect to the structure, creating the unique curved form. A stone perimeter to the Shard frames a minimally detailed glass skin, whilst the materials and structure blend seamlessly into the form of the interior space beyond.

The Shard will not only act as a portal to the mall below, but as an intriguing sculptural centrepiece of the Town Square, a landmark for locals and as a backdrop to events. Its arresting form is designed to draw people into the mall. Installation for the feature commenced on site in late June.

Integrated transport hub completes first stage in Chadstone Shopping Centre redevelopment

August 7, 2015

The new integrated bus interchange at Chadstone Shopping Centre was officially inaugurated on Wednesday 29th July.  The state of the art facility is the first stage to be completed in The Gandel Group and Federation Centre’s $600million evolution of Australia’s Fashion Capital.

The interchange was officially opened by the Minister for Public Transport, Hon Jacinta Allan MP, Federation Centres’ CEO and Managing Director, Steven Sewell and Public Transport Victoria’s Director of Customer Experience Alan Fedda.

The hub is set to become the prime new gateway to Chadstone Shopping Centre with at least one million passengers expected to utilise the facility every year. The interchange will provide shoppers with a central access point to the Centre from an extensive network of 14 bus lines connecting to the suburban train networks and Melbourne’s east and south.

The interchange consolidates a number of bus stops previously located around the Centre into one location and offers the latest in smart bus technology and commuter comfort. The design, by The Buchan Group, is based on world’s best practice, setting the benchmark for facilities of its kind. 

Principal, Andrew Mackenzie, said “we employed the most advanced in environmentally sound and innovative architectural solutions to ensure the foremost in quality design.”

“We are delighted to have shared in the delivery of this facility that will improve public transport access to Australia’s number one shopping destination and we look forward to working with The Gandel Group and Federation Centres on the next stages of the development,” Andrew said.

Design features include the soaring 15mx15m canopies in the central island which are used for rainwater harvesting for reuse in toilet flushing, gardens and landscaping irrigation. The round columns supporting the canopies internally house a down pipe to collect rain water that is then discharged into the rainwater tanks in the car park below. Additionally, features such as outdoor gas heaters, low energy LED lighting and provisions for real time display enhance the commuter experience. Services required for these state of the art features are housed inside each column for an outwardly clean aesthetic.

The facility opens to the public on Monday 10th August.