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SKYCITY Adelaide Expansion Approved

January 28, 2016

Planning Approval of the $300m expansion of SKYCITY Adelaide was recently granted, paving the way for an enduring and sophisticated icon for Adelaide.

The Buchan Group is working in partnership with SKYCITY to create a truly integrated entertainment complex that will feature a luxury hotel, premium gaming spaces and additional signature restaurant options. The form takes the shape of a crystalline ‘jewel’ building that responds to the abiding design objective of delivering a bold identity statement for the newly re-designed Riverside Precinct.

The new building will be presented with a coherent architectural expression of layered, wav-linear glass, referencing the nearby River Torrens. Its multi-faceted arrangement will present a shimmering luminous quality.

“Our aim is to create a grand urban gesture, an object of recognition for the City of Adelaide,” said Design Principal, David Forbes. “We are thrilled that the development has received planning approval and look forward to the next stages.”

The development reinforces The Buchan Group’s excellence in large-scale commercial design, having recently delivered projects such as the expansion of The Star in Sydney, SKYCITY Darwin, and SKYCITY Adelaide’s Baccarat Pavilion.

Initial construction work on the Adelaide Casino development is expected to begin in mid 2016.

The Buchan Group ranked No 3 in Retail in World Architecture Top 100

January 13, 2016

The Buchan Group has been ranked No. 3 globally in Retail in Building Design’s (BD) annual World Architecture 100 list for 2016, BD’s annual survey of the world’s largest practices ranked by the number of fee-earning architects they employ.

The Buchan Group was also ranked number 3 in Australasia and number 58 globally.

2015 was a phenomenal year for the group, marked by the completion of several major projects, the award of the Castle Towers Redevelopment, the anniversary of our 125th year of operation and the creation of a business alliance with Japanese architectural firm Nikken Sekkei, ranked 3rd globally.

In retail we saw the completion of Lakeside Joondalup and Wellard Square in Perth; Eastland Shopping Centre Stage 1, Melbourne; Toowong Village, Brisbane; Robina Town Centre Food Market Expansion Stage 1, Gold Coast; Oran Park Podium, Sydney; NorthWest Shopping Centre, Auckland; Lalaport Fujimi, Japan; and Wuhan 1818 Mall and the interior design of Mix C Mall, Shenyang in China. In 2016, expected completions include the refurbishment of Istanbul Mall in Turkey as well as numerous retail developments in Australia including Eastland Shopping Centre Stage 2 and Pacific Werribee in Melbourne; Cockburn Gateway Shopping Centre Stage 3, Western Australia; Grand Central Shopping Centre and further stages of Robina Town Centre, Queensland; and Narellan Town Centre Redevelopment, NSW.  Chadstone Shopping Centre, Stage 40, is due for completion in 2017, as is Raffles City Changning, China.

“We have a strong and growing Retail sector with exposure to Australia, New Zealand, China, UK/Europe, South East Asia and North America,” said CEO David Martin.  “We maintain a strong connection with existing clients and continue to build new relationships whilst working on major Retail and Mixed Use projects across the globe.”

The Buchan Group has a strong portfolio of residential, commercial, hotel and hospitality developments.  In 2015 we saw the completion of Imperial Doncaster, Melbourne; Southbank on Victoria, Rockhampton; 35ive Clarence, Brisbane; Riverside Apartments, New Zealand; Cloisters On Hay, Perth; and Madame Hanoi Bar and Bistro, Adelaide.  We look forward to the progress of Marco Melbourne; The Mews Brighton, Melbourne; Eporo Tower, Melbourne; Duke Street, Perth; Sky City Adelaide and Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort redevelopment, Queensland.