A major $50 million refurbishment of the existing Toowong Village Shopping Centre has put Toowong back on Brisbane’s retail map with the shopping centre offering 31,500sqm of shopping space and a new Sherwood Road restaurant precinct.
The redevelopment has reinvigorated Toowong Village which, prior to the transformation, had largely remained in its original condition since the centre opened in 1986.
The Buchan Group was appointed by Retail First to provide architectural, interior design and graphic services to the project, revising the centre’s original concept into a modern and inspiring design.
This included new finishes throughout the complex, a reconfigured retail plan, new centre entry statements and an external restaurant precinct as part of the façade refurbishment.
“By activating the previously blank façade of the shopping centre with a new restaurant precinct, and by increasing the amount of casual dining options on offer for nearby apartment dwellers, the centre has been urbanised and integrated into the existing Sherwood Road streetscape", said Senior Associate Anthony Tai.
“The ‘hero’ and focal point of the centre’s design is undoubtedly the three story atrium. New finishes have been applied to all existing elements and recessed strip lighting further accentuate the volume and height of the centre.
“The profiled atrium edges have combined with the new screen curtain at the top to provide the centre with a new sculptural and dynamic ‘heart’.
The revitalised centre has received very positive feedback from both our client, customers and the general public, and is a Finalist in the “Excellence in Design” category for Regional Centres at this year's Queensland Retail Property of the Year Awards.