Johnsonville Shopping Centre Redevelopment
The Buchan Group has been engaged to provide design services for the Resource Consent of the redevelopment of Johnsonville Shopping Centre. The brief called for the creation of a stylish and sophisticated retail offering which fits within the context of the locale, while providing a fresh, vibrant focal point for the community which will form the core of a revitalised Johnsonville Town Centre.
The design incorporates the existing site conditions, constraints, and opportunities to provide a fully integrated retail, dining, and leisure facility which will service both the local community and surrounding area, consistent with the District Plan’s intention that Johnsonville be a centre of regional significance.
An east/west pedestrian spine will link a proposed rail and bus interchange with the retail core of the shopping centre and the already busy Johnsonville Rd main street. A single-level floorplan has been incorporated, with generous floor study height of up to six metres including roof lights over the malls spaces which will be incorporated to introduce natural light into the space, also providing awareness of external conditions throughout the day.
Externally, the development provides a variety of forms along the three street elevations of the Johnsonville triangle, with a hierarchy of street frontages being created to account for differing functions and orientations.
The Buchan Group’s David Thornton highlights the importance of providing a balance of town centre context and modern retail facilities: “The development should be the cornerstone and catalyst for a strong and vibrant Town Centre which will service and satisfy the community’s needs and requirements for many years to come”.