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Sunshine Plaza set to shine with international architect
3 April 2017
Sunshine Plaza has today released its latest artist impressions and new-look logo, sharing with the community a bright and aspirational shopping future for the Sunshine Coast.
Lendlease engaged global architecture, planning and design firm Callison RTKL, who specialise in the design of world class shopping and entertainment precincts. Callison RTKL is leading the creative design process for the centre expansion and setting the long term vision for Sunshine Plaza. The centre’s design is inspired by extensive consumer research and represents the guest experience of locals and tourists alike.
Lendlease Head of Retail Gary Horwitz said he was thrilled with the progress to date on the Sunshine Plaza redevelopment and hoped the local community will embrace the new exterior concepts presented to council this week.
“Sunshine Plaza has always been renowned as a very unique shopping centre set on the natural waterway of Cornmeal Creek. When the centre first opened in 1994 it was met with a great amount of excitement, and we intend to deliver something just as special with this redevelopment,” he said.
“We want to create an amazing space that reflects the best lifestyle qualities the Sunshine Coast is famous for, and embraces our role as a central hub for locals and tourists.
“By expanding along Cornmeal Creek, with a new outdoor waterfront dining along what will become Cornmeal Promenade, we are further enhancing the ‘indoor / outdoor’ experience that Sunshine Plaza is so favourably known for,” he said.
Callison RTKL crafted a brand vision for the future Sunshine Plaza with the overarching theme ‘Home is my Holiday’. The intent is to represent the guest experience of locals and tourists alike when they visit the centre, and has been referenced to inform all aspects of the centre’s design and brand refresh.
Callison RTKL Senior Vice President Katie Sprague said from the onset they understood how special Sunshine Plaza was to the community and to the Lendlease teams involved in its evolution.
“We were committed to design something that was tailor made to Maroochydore, creating relevant connections: the new phase to the existing, an urban development to nature, and the wonderful people to a place they have long called home.”
To reflect the centre’s transformation, the existing centre logo has been updated to a new contemporary design in the shape of the sun, with water reflected through the colour and droplets to capture the essence of the Sunshine Coast and its people.
Sunshine Plaza Centre Manager, Michael Manwaring said the new logo will align the Sunshine Plaza brand with the revitalised centre when it is completed late next year.
“The logo design represents a central hub where people gather and come together, and reflects the aspirational retail mix that Sunshine Plaza will provide to the community as part of its $400 million expansion.” he said.
Construction works are currently on track and progressing well, with over 200 construction personnel on site daily through the current phase of construction. Key activities include the new Kmart multi-level carpark, additional two-level Myer rooftop parking, a new Myer loading dock and various in ground services.
On completion, customers will enjoy over 34,000 square metres of additional retail space with the region’s first David Jones department store, a new BIG W, a refurbished Myer, a new Amaroo Street mall entrance, Cornmeal Promenade dining precinct, large format fashion operators and over 100 new specialty stores, bringing highly sought-after fashion brands to the Sunshine Coast.
Lendlease’s building business delivers the design, project management and construction of the project. Lendlease has an outstanding track record in retail delivery. In particular, it has extensive experience in managing construction work in operating retail shopping precincts, allowing retail centres to maintain trade and operate safely.
The transformation of the centre is due for completion prior to Christmas 2018.
3 March 2017
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Myer multi-level car park works
3 February 2017
We are excited to share that the upgrade works to improve customer experience and access to our parking are now in full swing! Works are continuing on the new 6-level Kmart multi-level car park, scheduled for completion in August this year. Additional works will shortly commence on the existing Myer multi-level car park. These works are part of a broader program to provide improved customer access to parking and efficient traffic flow throughout the expanded Sunshine Plaza car parks.
Stage 1 – Revised traffic access
In preparation for these works, from the night of Monday 6 February 2017 there will be revised traffic access to and from the Myer multi-level car park. Signage and traffic controllers (as required) will be in place to direct customers to the new entry and exit points.
Stage 2 - Closure of Lift, Level 2 access to Myer and reduced parking bays on all levels
From Wednesday 15 February there will be no lift access in the Myer multi-level car park as a new lift is installed to service the additional level of parking being built. Installation of the new lift is scheduled to be complete by July.
From 15 February until approximately 15 March, there will be reduced parking on all levels of the car park and pedestrian access from the car park into Myer will be available only from ground floor, via stairs from upper levels. To minimise disruption for our customers during this time, a restricted parking area will be available on the ground level with designated bays for disabled parking, seniors parking and parents with prams.
Traffic controllers and signage will be in place to manage traffic flow and courtesy crew will be available to help direct customers to the most convenient parking.
As works progress each week, a number of parking bays will be re-opened on all upper levels until the majority of parks are once again available from mid-March. At this time the level two pedestrian entry to Myer will also re-open.
From mid-March to July 17, direct access to Myer from the Myer multi-level car park will be provided on ground level and level two. Customers who park on level 1 and level 3 of the Myer multi-level car park will need to use the stairs available to access the Myer store during this period.
If you have any queries, please contact Centre Management, on 5443 4070 or alternatively email@example.com .
We appreciate your patience and understanding while we implement these upgrades to improve customer parking at Sunshine Plaza – the future shines bright!
Further car park enhancement works
28 January 2017
We have been working hard to improve the parking experience at Sunshine Plaza, with the parking guidance system going live in the Coles multi deck last month to help customers find a park via red and green LED space indicators and electronic display boards (pictured below). Sensors have also now been installed in all bays located south of Cornmeal Creek, in preparation for additional customer guidance signage to be installed in the coming months.
On Monday 30 January the next stage of works will commence, involving civil works between the entry and exit points of both the Coles and Woolworths car parks. During construction, access to the centre will be maintained and traffic controllers will be on-site during certain works for the safety of all.
Works will be undertaken during and after trading hours to minimise disruption to local residents and customers. Civil works are due for completion at the end of February 2017, weather and construction conditions permitting.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to deliver these improvements.
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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