The Karrinyup shopping centre in Karrinyup, Western Australia, is being redeveloped with an estimated investment of A$800m ($577m).

The redeveloped shopping centre will serve as a mixed utility area that will include residential, retail and commercial elements. Construction on the project is expected to start in November 2018 and is scheduled for completion in 2021. The project is being developed by AMP Capital.

It is expected to create approximately 2,500 jobs during the construction period and another 2,500 sales and management jobs upon completion.

Karrinyup shopping centre redevelopment purpose and details

Karrinyup is an area that connects the coast to city or the outskirts to the city centre. It was originally built in 1973 and has been expanded over the years to cover two floors over a 13.6ha site. The shopping centre currently hosts more than 180 speciality stores, including David Jones, Woolworths, and Big W.

The redevelopment project aims at doubling the area of the mall from 59,874m² to 109,000m². It also includes the construction of 134 high-end residential apartments in the area.

The new shopping centre is expected to accelerate the growth of the retail sector of Western Australia by meeting the requirements of contemporary customers. It will create a high-quality retail destination offering a customised and seamless shopping experience and establish Perth as one of the biggest activity centres in the region.

Facilities and amenities

The Karrinyup redevelopment project will add 290 stores of varying formats such as hypermarkets, designer brand outlets, and large-format retail outlets stores for international brands. The newly developed centre will also host food and beverage stalls, alfresco dining facilities, and a large piazza and main street.

“The new shopping centre is expected to accelerate the growth of the retail sector of Western Australia by meeting the requirements of contemporary customers.”

The centre will also host leisure, lifestyle and entertainment facilities such as a state-of-the-art ten-screen Hoyts cinema. It will also feature children-friendly and family-friendly community spaces, play-areas, and green open spaces for relaxing.

The eastern side of the redevelopment work will include 94 high-end residential apartments. The shopping centre area will also include several entry points and 4,500 parking spaces. It will be designed to improve public transport services and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists.

Key players involved

Multiplex has been contracted to build the new shopping complex, while Hames Sharley and Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick are the lead architects.

Seedesign Studio was awarded the contract to design high-quality open spaces for the shopping centre redevelopment project in September 2018.

Gabriels Hearne Farrell is rendering architectural acoustics services, while Steens Gray & Kelly is the consulting engineer.

Rowe Group prepared the activity plan and development application for the project.

Marketing commentary on retail industry in Western Australia

Western Australia is one of the biggest economic growth centres for Australia, with the retail industry playing a major role in the development. The annual retail turnover of the region in 2015 was $33.5bn. The retail industry creates employment for more than 130,000 workers in the region.

As Western Australia’s capital city, Perth is one of the fastest growing cities in the region. Its central business district enjoys the presence of high-end international retailers such as H&M, Jamie’s Italian, Victoria’s Secret, PapaRich, Zara, Brotzeit, Topshop, and Williams-Sonoma.

The city is undergoing retail expansions of more than 200,000m² of new retail space, worth A$1.6bn ($1.15bn). Apart from the Karrinyup shopping centre redevelopment, some of the other developments include the Garden City Shopping Centre, Elizabeth Quay, Perth Cultural Centre, and Westfield Innaloo shopping centre.