September 29, 2016

The Buchan group is delighted to announce promotion of Peter Haswell to Associate. 

Based in the Brisbane office, Peter has over 20 years experience in documentation, contract administration & site observation on retail and mixed use developments. Projects Peter has been involved in includes refurbishments of existing Shopping Centres including Hyperdome, Grand Central and the Brisbane Myer Centre and new Retail developments including Caloundra Woolworths. Peter’s experience also includes a full time, on-site role during construction of the Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf Hotel and Residential development in Sydney.

Belmont Forum DA

September 29, 2016

Due to commence construction later this year, Buchan Perth have completed the design for a $65M redevelopment of Belmont Forum, for Perron Group. 

Recently completed work at the Centre, also by Buchan, includes one of WA’s first ALDI stores. 

The final stage of the redevelopment will comprise a new Coles Supermarket and Fresh Food precinct, as well as a new Dining precinct with Alfresco seating facing Belmont Avenue. The existing entries will be upgraded, and new finishes applied to malls throughout, including new skylights. 

A new landscaped pedestrian connection is planned to connect the Wright street entrance to the civic precinct across the road. Public art to be included in the project consists of large scale murals to the new façades. 


Emporium Melbourne shortlisted for AIA National Architecture Award

September 28, 2016

Emporium Melbourne was recently shortlisted for the Australian Institute of Architects 2016 National Architecture Awards in the Commercial Architecture category.

The project was one of 79 to make the cut out of the 209 entries deemed eligible following the chapter award program held earlier in the year. 

Principal Ashley Sheppard said the nomination is testament to Buchan’s excellence and innovation in design and delivery.

“Emporium Melbourne makes a stunning and iconic contribution to the fabric of the Melbourne CBD and the team’s specialist knowledge and experience was instrumental in its success.

“We are extremely proud to see the project receive national and international recognition as a contender for one of Australia’s highest architecture honours.”

Winners will be announced at an event in Sydney on Thursday 3 November.

Buchan announces Associate appointment

September 23, 2016

The Buchan Group is delighted to announce the promotion of Mark Kozakiewicz to Associate.

In his 18 years with Buchan, Mark has made a considerable contribution to the design of some of the firm’s most significant retail projects.

He was instrumental in the design of the recently completed Pacific Werribee in Melbourne, working intensively on the redevelopment for over five years. The refurbished centre features a stunning new generation sculptured and glazed mall design and delivers a vibrant new community focal point for shopping, dining and entertainment.

Mark was an integral member of the team for the award winning Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City projects in the U.K, spending nine months on site in London. Both developments marked the next chapter in retail and leisure development in the United Kingdom, offering an integrated mix of dining and entertainment options and over 200 stores each.

Buchan CEO David Martin congratulated Mark on his appointment, stating that the promotion was an opportunity to recognise Mark for his abiding commitment and talent.

“Mark’s design-minded and hands-on approach holds him in extremely high regard with clients who often specifically request his involvement on the design and delivery of their projects.

“It is a pleasure to acknowledge Mark’s exceptional design skills and commitment to our valued collaborators and colleagues.”

Buchan Sydney announces Senior Associate appointment

September 22, 2016

The Buchan group is delighted to announce promotion of Marie Ng to Senior Associate.

Marie is an internationally recognised, award winning designer. In the decade since she graduated with first class honours from the University of NSW, Marie has developed a specialty in Retail, Mixed-Use and Hospitality projects.

The focus of Marie’s recent work has been the design of Services Clubs in Australia and super-regional retail and landmark metropolitan centres in China. Marie is a key designer, client contact and manager for many of our mainland China projects.

An excellent communicator, Marie is fluent in English, Malay, Cantonese and Mandarin, with a keen sense of nuance in communicating complex design ideas and processes to all audiences.


September 17, 2016

The Buchan group is delighted to announce promotion of Brett Wilson to Senior Associate. 

Brett joined the Buchan Brisbane office in 2004 and has 25+ years’ experience in the architectural industry. He has an extensive background in the management, planning, development and delivery of a diverse range of major and landmark projects across Australia and New Zealand, including retail, public, government, educational, commercial, multi-residential and mixed use developments.

While at the Buchan group, Brett has developed comprehensive skills in leading large project teams, user group consultation, client and stakeholder engagement and management of complex projects through briefing, design and documentation phases. Brett utilises these skills and a passion for Architecture to deliver high quality outcomes.


The Buchan Group presents…

September 16, 2016

Principal David Forbes will present at the Australian Institute of Architect’s ‘Bouncing Back from Disaster using Design and Technology’ event on Monday 19 September.

The event will investigate how cities rebuild, regenerate and develop post disaster, with a focus on how smart design and technology have shaped the progress and the future of disaster affected areas.

David will deliver a case study on Re-START in Christchurch, New Zealand, a pedestrian shopping precinct made from shipping containers built to assist in the renewal of central city retail in the wake of the devastating earthquake.

Buchan’s concept for the portable, modular system was used for single and multi-storey formats to create an iconic, colourful and vibrant shopping destination.

More on the Bouncing Back from Disaster event.

Sheraton Melbourne shortlisted for International Hotel & Property Awards

September 15, 2016

Sheraton Melbourne was recently shortlisted for the International Hotel & Property Awards 2016, in the Global and Asia Pacific categories.

Hosted by design et al, a leading interior design magazine based in the UK, the awards recognise excellence in interior design in the global hospitality industry.

Located in the ‘Paris end’ of the Melbourne CBD, Buchan’s interior design response for the hotel was inspired by the tradition of Melbourne’s iconic laneways and the 19th Century and contemporary charm of Paris. The result is an expression of understated elegance, from the discreet Little Collins Street entry, to every detail of the guest rooms.

Buchan CEO David Martin said, “We are delighted to be shortlisted for the awards in recognition of Buchan’s stunning concept for the hotel.

“Sheraton Melbourne expresses the strong Sheraton brand whilst creating the ambience of a boutique hotel in the European tradition.

“The project is a unique contribution to the fabric of Melbourne, delivering the first luxury 5-star hotel and residences to the CBD in over a decade, with views of State Parliament and the Gothic spires of St Patrick's.

“We are very proud to have helped shape its success.”

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Venice on Friday 16th September.


September 9, 2016

The Buchan group is delighted to announce promotion of Chiara Karamaneas to Associate. Chiara commenced with the Buchan group Sydney in April 2010. Having graduated with a Masters in Architecture from the University of Technology Sydney in 2008, Chiara is a Registered Architect [NSW] and a Green Star Associate with the Green Building Council Australia.

Throughout her time with the group, Chiara has had significant involvement in international retail/mixed use projects in collaboration with international architects, with project involvement from concept through to delivery. Some of these projects include; Raffles City Chengdu, in collaboration with Steven Holl Architects; a $230m 5 level regional mall completed in 2012; Pavillion Dalian Retail in collaboration with NBBJ; Raffles City Changning; Project Sunrise, Manila which is a concept-schematic design for 2.5ha mixed use development and most recently Raffles City Chongqing in collaboration with Safdie Architects, a 230,000sqm GLA retail podium due to commence construction early 2017.  Various local master plan involvement includes the Roselands & Bankstown redevelopments.

September 8, 2016

Hiroshi Miyakawa, executive and design fellow of leading Japanese architectural practice, Nikken Sekkei, recently presented on vertical schools at the Property Council of Australia’s Future Directions Education Trends event.

The seminar explored how international and Australian architects and developers are creating state-of-the-art accessible educational facilities to solve the issues around Australia’s population growth and limited land in central urban areas.

Visiting Melbourne on account of the strategic business alliance between Buchan and Nikken Sekkei, Mr Miyakawa discussed the approach of vertical schools in Japan which make up an impressive 99% of education facilities in the country.

Mr Miyakawa explained that most vertical schools comprise three or four stories, with four being the ‘magic number’ as it allows students to comfortably traverse the levels.  He presented examples of schools that have surpassed this however, reaching heights of five to six levels.

Mr Miyakawa was joined by Derek Scott, Principal from Haileybury, who shared experiences on Haileybury City, Melbourne’s first vertical school in the CBD.


September 6, 2016

Fairfield Central Shopping Centre has won Excellence in Design for the Sub-Regional Centres category at the 2016 Queensland Retail Property of the Year Awards. 

Strategically located between major infrastructure planning and residential expansion in a rapidly growing southern suburb of Townsville, the master plan for Fairfield Central was designed to provide local amenity and continual retail growth as the urban context grew to encompass major highway road works and increased local population. 

Stage 1 of the retail masterplan was completed in 2008 and included a major supermarket and supporting specialty stores within a generous covered mall. The design featured a sweeping entry statement, colourful supergraphics and an external café integrated into the entry. 

Extensive clerestory glazing allowed natural light to fill internal spaces, enhanced by dynamic curved ceiling features. Good access from the existing major arterial roads to covered on-grade car parking was key to set the standard for the life of the Centre and the amenity to its growing customer base. 

Stage 2 of Fairfield Central started construction in 2014 amidst all that had been anticipated and more. The major road infrastructure works to the adjacent Bruce Highway to the south had started and residential expansion now filled adjacent titles to the north. Advances in retail centre expectations and a modern food retail revolution were also thrown into the mix. 

The centre’s fundamental design principles held true, and the development expansion proudly acts as a buffer between the parkland residential estates and the major arterial highway.  

The unique tropical conditions of North Queensland demand a sophisticated response for any outdoor activity.  At Fairfield an external dining space has been created which responds to its environment and creates a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere whilst maintaining a connection to the local landscape.



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The Village Bacchus Marsh delivers vibrant new hub to community

September 1, 2016

The expansion of the ‘The Village’ Bacchus Marsh has cemented the centre’s position as the largest retail precinct in the region and destination of choice for the local community.

The development includes the introduction of 50 speciality stores, a larger renovated Coles, an expanded Aldi, an upgraded and re-configured food court, a new children’s play area, an extended car park, improved amenities and a new 24 hour gym.

Buchan’s design for the centre integrates the existing main street heritage façade, late 1800’s factory profile and previously expanded ad-hoc shopping centre, into a homogenous community asset.

On arrival, customers are greeted by iconic, contemporary and elegant ‘glass box’ entry points that complement rather than compete with the heritage facade and street scape. Oversized pendant light fittings in the entry ‘beacons’ create a dramatic sense of welcome and strong street presence to the centre.  

Internally, the retention of the main clerestory forecourt acts as a stunning focal point and ideal meeting point for locals.  New contemporary planting, seating and food and beverage options are located centrally to the precinct, anchoring the social heart and taking advantage of the abundant natural light that fosters a relaxed, calming environment. 

Associate Louise Gardiner said the expansion has merged the old with the new to create a fresh new central hub for the community.

“The upgrade has reinvigorated the centre whilst retaining its heritage essence in recognition of the history of the local area.

“The new design introduces functional and aesthetically stunning spaces to create a vibrant meeting place for the local and extended community. We are delighted to see the centre come to life.”