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Buchan ranked number five in Retail globally in World Architecture Top 100 2017

The Buchan Group has been ranked the fifth largest architectural firm in Retail globally, and has retained its position as the third largest practice in Australasia in Building Design’s (BD) annual World Architecture 100 list for 2017. 

Buchan climbed three places from 2016 to be ranked 55th globally in the list, which is based on an annual survey of the world’s largest practices ranked by the number of fee-earning architects they employ.

2016 brought a succession of highs for Buchan, with the completion of some exceptional projects, the commencement of some exciting new developments and the emergence of a host of new prospects.   The firm’s alliance with Japanese architectural firm Nikken Sekkei, ranked second globally, presented new opportunities that will help to position the business in key market sectors and geographies.

“Buchan enjoyed a fantastic 2016, remaining strong in retail with exposure to Australia, New Zealand, China, UK/Europe, South East Asia and South America, whilst maintaining a solid presence in the hospitality/hotel and residential sectors,” said Managing Director Bruce Shaw.

“Our alliance with Nikken Sekkei has created exciting new opportunities, particularly in the transit oriented and mixed use sectors, with a range of collaborative urban mixed use development projects presenting themselves across South East Asia, China, the Middle East and Australia.” 

In retail we saw the completion of the first stage of Chadstone’s latest redevelopment in Melbourne, cementing the retail mecca’s status as the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere.  Eastland Shopping Centre Stage 2 and Pacific Werribee in Melbourne also reached completion, as did Stage 1 of Grand Central in Toowoomba and Five Mile Gateway and Northwest Shopping Centre in New Zealand.  The phenomenal $900M Castle Towers redevelopment in Sydney continues to progress, along with Galleria Morley in Western Australia, Optimum Mall in Turkey and Merdeka Mall in Malaysia. 

Both Eastland and Castle Towers are amongst some of our significant large scale projects that have employed the use of BIM software, which has been instrumental in achieving our clients’ design and delivery aspirations.

We look forward to expected project completions in 2017, including the final stages of the Chadstone redevelopment; the next stages of Toowoomba’s Grand Central Redevelopment and Robina Town Centre’s Central Malls project in Queensland; Narellan Town Centre and Stockland Greenhills in New South Wales; Belmont Forum Redevelopment and Lakelands Town Centre in Western Australia; and Xiamen Luduo Mixed-Use Mall and Raffles City Changning in China.

Buchan’s strong portfolio of residential, commercial, hotel and hospitality, transport and mixed use developments continues to prosper, with the recent completion of residential developments Marco Melbourne, Trillium and Northcote Hill in Melbourne, and the progression of the striking Adelaide Casino redevelopment.

In 2017, we expect to see the completion of Eporo Tower, Melbourne; Marina Central Royal Pines,  Gold Coast; the Melbourne Hotel, Perth;  Momi Bay Resort, Fiji; and Guangzhou Cadre International TOD Centre in China.