A new, purpose-built fashion outlet centre is being developed in the precinct of the Auckland Airport in New Zealand.
Auckland International Airport, the owner and operator of Auckland Airport, announced its plans to build the fashion outlet centre in August 2021. It aims to create a landmark shopping precinct that offers a unique combination of retail and dining areas, with easy transport linkages.
Considered to be the first-of-its-kind in New Zealand, the shopping precinct will offer a new shopping experience for both Kiwis and travellers arriving at and departing from the airport.
The investment is expected to enhance the airport’s business value.
The project is expected to involve an estimated investment of more than NZ$200m ($138.4m). The investment is expected to enhance the airport’s business value.
The ground-breaking event for the new fashion outlet centre took place in March 2022. The fashion centre is expected to be completed in 2024. It is expected to generate more than 500 new jobs.
Auckland Airport fashion outlet centre location
The shopping centre will be located on the north-eastern side of Auckland Airport’s precinct while the parking space will be on the southern end of the former Aviation Golf Club.
The airport is situated at Ray Emery Drive near Mangere, a residential suburb of Auckland, 21km south of Auckland city centre. Travellers can reach the airport from the city by bus, shuttle, and taxi.
The shopping mall’s location will make it appealing to brands that serve the outlet shopping market.
Features of the shopping centre
The new shopping centre will comprise more than 23,000m² (247,570ft²) of net lettable area, with more than 100 stores across fashion, footwear accessories, and food and beverages (F&B) categories.
The mall will house popular brands that will complement the existing mix of retail stores at the airport, offering a wide range of options.
The opening hours of the shopping centre will also be planned to avoid flight schedule peaks. The shopping centre is expected to have parking area for 1,400 cars, along with utility services.
Auckland Airport fashion outlet centre design details
The fashion outlet centre will be designed based on sustainable design principles, with a target of achieving Green Star design and build. Green Star is a green building rating scheme of the New Zealand Government.
The fashion outlet centre is expected to have a modern and distinctive feel. Its design will offer connections between and indoor and outdoor spaces. A large outdoor seating area will offer views over a park-like setting, mangroves, and an inlet of the Manukau Harbour.
The airport’s road network was upgraded in the last two years. Auckland Airport invested NZ$160m ($110.7m) to improve the roads surrounding the precinct for better movement of vehicles to and from the terminals.
Commercial and retail development at Auckland Airport
The Auckland international airport is the third busiest international airport in Australasia. More than 500,000m² of properties have been developed within the airport’s precinct, with an investment and development portfolio valued at more than NZ$2.7bn ($1.69bn).
The properties developed and managed by Auckland Airport include commercial office buildings, a business park, hotels, and transport and logistics warehouses, as well as leisure and recreation facilities.
The company also has a retail and food and beverage portfolio of more than 120 stores across its international and domestic terminals.