Read here for the latest news and updates on the Sunshine Plaza redevelopment
More parking than ever this holiday season at Sunshine Plaza
21 December 2016
With the recent addition of a new car park behind Toys R Us and all staff parking offsite, Sunshine Plaza now has more onsite customer parking that ever before. During this festive period, courtesy crew will also be present to assist customers in finding the most convenient car spaces over the busiest shopping days of the year.
We are excited to advise that the rooftop level of the Myer multi deck has re-opened in time for the Christmas season and will remain open until 9 January.
Best wishes for a happy and safe festive season from Sunshine Plaza!
New technology to improve car parking at Sunshine Plaza
7 November 2016
Sunshine Plaza will introduce a new car parking management system to improve the Centre’s car parking experience for its customers in early 2017.
Offering Sunshine Plaza customers three hours of free parking, the new managed car parking system will be a ticketless system based on licence plate recognition to enter and exit the car park. To help customers find a spot quickly, the new carpark will also include a parking guidance system which uses red and green LED-based space indicators in multi-deck carparks, along with electronic display boards showing the number of available bays throughout all carparks.
Sunshine Plaza Centre Manager, Michael Manwaring, said the new car parking technology will improve the customer journey to and from the Centre and ensure genuine customers have access to the most convenient car spaces.
“Our research tells us that customers and retailers want improvements to parking here at the centre. This new system will improve accessibility for customers, and ensure the best spaces are available for centre visitors.”
“Sunshine Plaza is set to grow from 73,000sqm to over 107,000sqm, with a new David Jones department store, a new BIGW and over 100 specialty stores being added as part of the current redevelopment. This technology and digital signage will support an increase in customers while ensuring a quality shopping experience for our valued customers,” said Michael.
Two new multi-decks will be built as part of the redevelopment, adding over 1,400 car parks to take the total number of spaces to nearly 5,000. The newly built car park behind Toys R Us opened last month with an additional 195 new bays.
Customers will be able to park for free if they:
- Park for under three hours
- Enter the Centre after 6pm (and exit before 2am)
- Have an authorised disabled parking permit
- Spendover $150 during their visit to the Centre and validate their purchases.
In addition, customers will be able to validate a fourth hour of free parking when purchasing a cinema ticket.
The managed car park system will be introduced to the new and existing car parks. Initially, it will be introduced to car parks on the south side of the centre unaffected by the current redevelopment, with works set to commence before Christmas.
The new Northern car parks on the Kmart side of the centre will also be part of the managed system when they open mid-2017.
Read the full media release here.
New customer car park now open!
17 October 2016
We are excited to advise that the new Sunshine Plaza customer car park located behind Toys R Us is now open! The car park provides an additional 195 parking bays for Sunshine Plaza customers, with convenient access to the centre via a scenic pedestrian walkway along Cornmeal Creek. Please note this car park is regulated as a 3-hour parking zone.
The new 6 level multideck car park currently under construction in the North-East Kmart car park is still on track to open mid-2017, increasing parking capacity in this area from 450 to around 950 upon completion in July 2017. During construction, approximately 175 parking bays will remain available in the Kmart car park, accessible via Amaroo Street (off Maroochydore Road). Customers can also continue to access parking in and behind the Myer multideck, also accessible via Amaroo Street.
For a map of current car park closures, please click here.
$400 million retail redevelopment commences at Sunshine Plaza
27 September 2016
Lendlease today celebrated the construction commencement for the $400 million redevelopment of Sunshine Plaza on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
Sunshine Plaza – which is already the largest retail centre north of Brisbane – will expand from 73,000 square metres to over 107,000 square metres, reinforcing the strong performing centre’s position as a leading fashion, leisure and tourist destination.
Lendlease’s Head of Retail Gary Horwitz said he was excited about creating an amazing retail space that will capture the hearts and minds of the Sunshine Coast community.
“The redevelopment of Sunshine Plaza will not only strengthen the position of the asset through an additional diversified retail mix, it will also reflect the best lifestyle qualities the Sunshine Coast is famous for, and become the central hub for locals and tourists alike.
“The project will also stimulate the local economy, boosting employment and creating further opportunities for retailers while ultimately delivering our customers with the aspirational shopping they are looking for locally,” Mr Horwitz added.
Customers will enjoy world class shopping with the region’s first David Jones department store, a new BIGW, a refurbished Myer, a stunning new Amaroo Street mall entrance, provision for additional large format fashion operators and over 100 new specialty stores, bringing highly sought-after fashion brands to the Sunshine Coast.
At the completion of the transformation, the centre will feature new outdoor waterfront dining along Cornmeal Creek, further enhancing the ‘indoor / outdoor’ experience at Sunshine Plaza.
Two new multi-level car parking facilities will provide over 1,400 additional car spaces, taking the total number of spaces to nearly 5,000.
To mark the commencement of construction, guest of honour Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, joined representatives from Lendlease, Australian Prime Property Fund Retail and The GPT Group in a sod turning ceremony on the site of the new six level multideck car park.
The redevelopment is targeting a 5 Star Green Star – As Built rating. It is estimated that the redevelopment will generate up to 2,900 jobs during construction and approximately 2,300 additional retail positions once the project is complete.
Lendlease’s Building business will design, project manage and construct the project. Lendlease has an outstanding track record in retail delivery. In particular, it has extensive experience in managing construction work in live retail environments, allowing retail centres to maintain trade and operate safely. Construction is expected to take approximately two years, with completion prior to Christmas 2018.
Sunshine Plaza is jointly owned by the Lendlease managed APPF Retail and The GPT Group.
Car Park update
22 September 2016
Redevelopment works are continuing on new parking facilities, which will deliver over 1,400 additional parking spaces and a total of nearly 5,000 car parks at Sunshine Plaza upon completion.
In order to progress construction of the additional Myer multideck and roof top parking, from today the existing top level of the Myer multi deck will be partially closed, with approximately 30 parking spaces remaining available on this level for customer parking. This top level parking will have stair access only to the level below. Lift access is available on the levels below. Customers can continue to access parking in the remainder of the Myer multi deck and the usual parking behind the multi deck. A further section of the Northern car park has also now closed. Approximately 175 car parks remain available in the North East car park with direct access to Kmart and shops, accessible via Amaroo Street, and signage is in place to help direct traffic.
A number of measures have been implemented to ensure customer parking remains as convenient as possible during car park works, including a new car park being constructed behind Toys R Us with 195 new parking spaces due to open early October; directional signage; traffic controllers to direct customers; and the introduction of an offsite car park with capacity for 400 cars, to ensure the most convenient onsite bays remain available for our customers.
Regulated parking has also recently been reintroduced across all centre car parks, to ensure the best parking bays remain available for our customers during development works. A number of designated and clearly signed 3-hour and 6-hour parking zones have been introduced across the site to ensure there is regular turnover for shoppers. Further information on regulated parking including FAQ’s, please click here.
For a map of current car park closures, please click here.
Car park construction is underway!
2 September 2016
On Monday 5 September works will commence in the North East Kmart carpark to build a new 6 level multideck, increasing parking capacity from 450 to around 950 upon completion in July 2017.
To ensure the ongoing safety of our customers, the current Kmart car park will partially close while works are carried out. Approximately 175 parking bays will remain available in this area, accessible via Amaroo Street (off Maroochydore Road). Customers can also continue to access the usual parking in and behind the Myer multideck, also accessible via Amaroo Street.
Minimising disruption to our customers will be a top priority throughout redevelopment works. To ensure the best parking bays remain available for genuine customers, Sunshine Plaza will also be reintroducing Regulated Parking from Monday 5 September. There will be a number of designated and clearly signed 3-hour and 6-hour parking zones, with the zones regulated by car park manager Point Parking using License Plate Recognition technology. Sign posted time limits will be enforced and infringement notices issued to vehicles that overstay the allocated time.
To find out more information on changes to parking at Sunshine Plaza, including the location of the 3-hour and 6-hour regulated parking zones, please click here.
Thank you for your patience and understanding while we build you a bigger, better Sunshine Plaza.
Sunshine Plaza is set to Shine!
We’re going to be bigger, better and brighter!
15 August 2016
Sunshine Plaza’s highly anticipated redevelopment has gained final owners’ approval, with works set to commence shortly to expand the centre from 73,000 square metres to over 107,000 square metres.
The $400 million project will evolve the centre into a leading fashion, leisure and tourist destination, with an enhanced retail mix including the region’s first David Jones department store, a new BIGW and a refurbished Myer. It will also include a stunning new Amaroo Street mall entrance, provision for large format fashion operators and over 100 new specialty stores, bringing highly sought-after fashion brands to the Sunshine Coast.
The transformed centre will feature new outdoor waterfront dining along Cornmeal Creek, further enhancing the unique ‘indoor / outdoor’ experience Sunshine Plaza is so fondly renowned for.
Customers will have convenient access to the improved centre, with two new multi-level car parks being built to add over 1,400 additional car spaces, taking the total number of car parks to nearly 5,000.
The redevelopment will stimulate the local economy, boosting employment and offering further opportunities to retailers. It is estimated the project will generate up to 2,900 jobs during construction and approximately 2,300 additional retail positions upon completion.
What’s happening and when?
Construction of the project will commence shortly and will take approximately two years, with completion prior to Christmas 2018.
The first stage of works involves the construction of a car park on vacant land behind Toys R Us and construction of the first multi-level car park located at the Kmart entrance.
About the design
Lendlease Build will design, project manage and construct the project. Lendlease has an outstanding track record in retail delivery, with extensive experience in managing construction work in live retail environments. This will allow the centre to maintain trade and operate safely throughout construction works.
Over 7,000 local residents have had a say in the future of Sunshine Plaza through numerous in depth research studies conducted over a number of years. An extensive place-making strategy has also been undertaken to understand key themes and stories unique to the Sunshine Coast region, which will be used to inform key aspects of the development.
The development design will incorporate coastal themes showcased through material selection and landscaping, retaining the indoor/outdoor elements that resonate so strongly with our local community and customers.
“We are thrilled to be creating this amazing retail space for the Sunshine Coast. The design will capture the community’s desire for a sophisticated experience whilst reflecting the Sunshine Coast’s rich natural beauty and relaxed coastal lifestyle.” – Gary Horwitz, Lendlease Head of Retail
Sunshine Plaza’s expansion will include:
• Over 34,000sqm of additional retail space
• A new format 8,000sqm David Jones department store
• A refurbished Myer
• A 6,500sqm BIGW
• Over 100 new specialty stores
• Provision for new mini majors including large format fashion operators
• A new Amaroo Street mall entrance
• Over 1,400 additional parking spaces including two new multi-level car parks, taking the total number of spaces to nearly 5,000
• New outdoor waterfront dining along Cornmeal Creek
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