Stage 1 of Eastland opens as the new heart of Ringwood

October 29, 2015

Stage 1 of QIC’s $665 million expansion of Eastland Shopping Centre was opened by the Hon Julie Bishop MP today, forming the new heart of Ringwood.  The Centre is set to become one of Melbourne’s most progressive and exciting urban shopping, entertainment and leisure destinations.

The Buchan Group, in collaboration with Seventh Wave, provided architectural services for the development which blends striking architecture and innovative design to deliver an eagerly anticipated world-class shopping and entertainment precinct and authentic Town Centre for Ringwood. 

Principal Grant Withers said the design for the centre was central to the community. “We created what is essentially not just a retail centre, but an entertainment and leisure focal point for the residents of Ringwood.  The new Eastland offers a curated fusion of food, fashion and lifestyle brands and introduces a seamless integration of art, culture, learning and events.”

The Centre’s strong community focus is woven throughout its timeless design, celebrating Eastland’s proximity to the Yarra Ranges. “We employed the use of high quality tactile finishes, natural stone, patterned detailing and soft lighting to reflect the natural beauty of the surrounding region,” said Grant.

The revamp introduces David Jones to the centre with a contemporary new fitout as well as a host of international brands including Uniqlo, H&M and Victoria’s Secret.  The expansion has doubled the size of the existing centre to approximately 131,000m² as well as providing 5,300 car spaces.  The expansion is integrated with the new Ringwood Station, creating safe, convenient access for visitors. 

A new, fully integrated Maroondah City Council library, Realm, also opened today, forming a key part of the development.  The state-of-the-art community facility incorporates a distinctive design, innovative technology and services.  The Buchan Group, QIC and Seventh Wave designed Realm to be the centrepiece of the new Ringwood Town Square, interacting with open air gathering spaces, cafes and shops.

Stage 2 of the expansion is expected to open in mid 2016.

MixC Mall opens in Shenyang, creating ‘a place to celebrate’

October 19, 2015

CR Land recently celebrated the opening of its MixC Mall in ShenYang, Liaoning Province, China, completing a 30 month design and delivery partnership with The Buchan Group’s Shanghai studio.

“CR Land’s design brief was to attract the local office and residential communities, particularly Gen Y and young families, by providing an elegant and efficient mall design that would also function as ‘a place to celebrate,’” said Principal David MacLeod.

“This allowed us to be more playful with our built forms and lighting when designing the interiors.”

As a result, The Buchan Group was able to integrate strong ceiling, lighting and floor patterning to provide precinct differentiation, as well as creating a bold, unified design intent that tied the elongated centre together.

The five-level Mall is anchored by a major entertainment and food precinct at the uppermost level, and extends two levels below ground to a Fast Fashion Precinct connected to basement car parking and MRT hub, making the mall the major component in one of the largest mixed–use projects in the city.

The Buchan Group delivered this landmark retail project by providing integrated Interior Architecture and Interior Design services to all public mall areas, as well as a number of specialised Customer Service facilities.

The Buchan Group’s Shanghai studio welcomes new talent

October 9, 2015

Our Shanghai design studio is delighted to further broaden our unique skill base by welcoming Associate, Gordon Tchen, following the appointment of Associate, Mason Harrison earlier in the year.

Gordon bolsters our already outstanding interior design team with 11 years of professional experience across the retail, commercial and residential sectors.  A specialist in large scale retail led projects, Gordon has worked on a multitude of developments across China and India.  He accordingly possesses an inherently diverse way of thinking and the ability to weave cultural influences throughout his work. 

Mason joined us in February 2015 and has proven to be a significant addition to our team with over 13 years of experience in the design of retail, commercial, transport and residential projects across China and Australia.  Mason specialises in retail led mixed use projects and is currently working on the Chengdu Commercial Centre, a mixed use development containing office, retail, serviced apartments and SOHO units.

We extend the warmest of welcomes to Gordon and Mason and wish them every success in their roles.

The Buchan Group Presents…

October 8, 2015

The Buchan Group design leaders are presenting at a number of conferences over the coming weeks.  Key events include:

Principal, Nick Nigro will present at Mecca Night Market on 14 October at the Intercontinental Hotel at Rialto.  Nick’s presentation will focus on the challenges and growth of The Buchan Group’s Mixed-Use Projects in Asia and the U.K and he will draw on his extensive international experience to deliver a case study on a mixed use retail and commercial office tower in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Principal, Andrew Mackenzie, will present at The Mixed-Use Development conference held from 19-21 October in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Andrew will present a case study on Chadstone Shopping Centre, demonstrating how mixed use retail developments have become holistic lifestyle destinations and redefined retail as we know it.
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