Realm shortlisted for Interior Design Excellence Awards

August 26, 2016

Realm, the state-of-the-art Ringwood Library, Cultural, Knowledge and Innovation Centre, was shortlisted for the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2016, Public Space category, at an exclusive event in Melbourne last week.

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.

Realm was developed as part of the Eastland Shopping Centre and Ringwood Town Square redevelopment.  The three level facility embodies the civic and cultural aspirations of Maroondah City Council, QIC and local residents, interacting with open air gathering spaces, cafes and shops to form the heart of the community.

Buchan’s interior design concept for the centre took inspiration from the surrounding urban grain, integrating high feature eucalypt timber, a species native to the region, into custom designed joinery and reflecting native floras in the textures and fabric colours of the furniture. 

The feature bookshelf wall was inspired by the rugged terrain of the nearby Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, with the contours of the shelf cavities referencing the curvaceous form of the mountains.    

Buchan Principal and Head of Design Grant Withers said the nomination for this prestigious award is testament to the innovative and creative work of our designers.

“Realm and the extended Eastland precinct are an important retail, civic and entertainment focal point for the region and this strong sense of community is beautifully woven throughout the interior design.”

“We are extremely proud to have collaborated with the Maroondah City Council and QIC on the project and to have seen Realm flourish into a facility the community can be proud of.”

Winners will be announced at the 2016 Gala Party in Sydney on the 18th November 2016.

Buchan announces senior appointment

August 23, 2016

The Buchan Group is delighted to announce the promotion of Ashley Sheppard to Principal, cementing the firm’s ongoing commitment to investing in outstanding future leadership.

With a career at Buchan spanning 10 years, Ashley has been pivotal in some of the firm’s most defining retail projects across Australia and the U.K. 

As a lead designer on Emporium Melbourne, Ashley made a significant contribution to one of the most phenomenal retail developments in the Melbourne CBD. The uniquely urban shopping destination forms the middle 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 project recently took out the Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award in Commercial Architecture in the 2016 Victorian Architecture Awards and was shortlisted for the 2015 Interior Design Excellence Awards in the Public Space category.

Ashley was instrumental in the design of the recently completed urban lifestyle precinct, Eastland, in Melbourne’s East, and was an integral member of the team for the award winning Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City projects in the U.K.

His most recent venture, the Castle Towers redevelopment in Sydney, is set to reimagine retail when it opens in 2020.  The Centre will increase in size by 80,000m2, transforming it into one of Australia’s most prominent urban shopping, entertainment and leisure hubs.

Congratulating Ashley on his appointment, Buchan CEO David Martin said the promotion recognises Ashley’s professional accomplishments and contribution to Buchan’s success, as well as reinforcing the firm’s commitment to developing future leaders.

“Ashley is not only an exceptional designer, but a fantastic collaborator with a commitment to building lasting relationships with our valued clients. 

“This promotion is an opportunity to recognise Ashley for his talent and dedication.”

Pacific Werribee Delivers Vibrant New Lifestyle Destination

August 11, 2016

Pacific Werribee’s $370 million refresh was recently unveiled by Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas, delivering a vibrant new one-stop fashion, food and entertainment destination for the local community.

The final stage in the redevelopment introduces a larger, full-line Myer department store and additional specialty stores to complement the existing Urban Diner alfresco dining precinct, Gold Class Village Cinemas, new Target and over 50 specialty stores.

Buchan has long been a part of Pacific Werribee’s growth, providing architecture and interior design and signage and wayfinding services for the refurbished malls and creating a new contemporary branded image for the Centre.  Buchan also acted as the Executive Architect on the Urban Diner which opened in June 2015, working in collaboration with MGS Architects to conceive the design.

Our concept for the new East/West mall introduces a new generation sculptured and glazed design with wide, sunlit malls, natural materials and marble stone floors characterising the spaces.  The latest in lighting and technology showcases brands and ensures an enhanced experience for shoppers.

Managing Director, Bruce Shaw said the rejuvenated Centre epitomises the new face of retail, creating a lifestyle destination beyond that of the traditional retail model.

“Pacific Werribee delivers a complete, compelling and authentic lifestyle experience with the ultimate in shopping, dining and entertainment options for the whole community to enjoy.

“We are delighted to see the final stage of the redevelopment come to fruition and are very proud to have worked with Pacific Group of Companies and the team on the Centre’s stunning evolution.”

The Buchan Group presents…

August 8, 2016

Principal David Forbes will present at the 9th Annual SA Major Projects Conference taking place on 10-11 August at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

As South Australia’s premier infrastructure event, the conference will bring together a diverse range of key industry specialists from within the government and private sectors to provide the latest updates on major infrastructure projects and plans shaping the State.

David will deliver a mixed-use precinct study on Adelaide Casino, providing an insight into the development’s significance as the centre of an integrated sporting, recreational, civic, cultural and entertainment heartland, and enduring and sophisticated international icon for Adelaide.

More on 2016 Annual SA Major Projects Conference

Launceston Airport expansion celebrates quintessential Tasmania

August 1, 2016

The recent redevelopment of the Launceston Airport terminal has reimagined one of the most popular gateways to Tasmania.

The 600m2 expansion has transformed the airport’s dining and retail facilities and improved pedestrian flow throughout the terminal. Additional seating has been installed in air conditioned spaces and free Wi-Fi has been introduced along with additional charging points for phones, tablets and laptops.

Buchan’s design vision was to create a space which embodies a true sense of Launceston and Tasmania, one which celebrates the rich culture of food, wine and whiskey, the arts and crafts, and the deep connection with history and the landscape. 

The essence of the natural environment surrounding the airport is captured in the feature timber ceiling and glass façade which showcases striking views of the airfield and mountains. Locally sourced produce is on offer in the new retail and food and beverage facilities, reinforcing the strong connection to the region.

“Our aim was to improve the customer offer and flow throughout the terminal whilst capturing the essence of quintessential Tasmania,” said Project Principal Chris Ball.

“The look and feel of the terminal and the new dining and shopping facilities tell the Tasmanian story, ensuring a lasting impression on all those that pass through the gates.”