The stage two expansion of the Manor Lakes shopping centre was opened in May 2020. Credit: Manor Lakes.
The construction activities for the shopping centre expansion commenced in April 2019. Credit: Manor Lakes.
The expansion added retailers such as Best and Less, Kmart and many more to the shopping centre. Credit: Ranfurlie Asset Management.

Manor Lakes Central Shopping centre located in Wyndham Vale, Australia, completed its second stage of expansion in May 2020. The first phase of the shopping centre was opened in September 2006.

The project was undertaken by Ranfurlie Asset Management, the retail and commercial division of Dennis Family Group. The City of Wyndham approved the plan for the second phase of expansion in January 2019, while the construction began in April 2019.

The estimated investment for the second phase of shopping centre expansion is more than $60m. The expansion project created 300 jobs during the construction period and is estimated to create approximately 400 jobs during operation.

Manor Lakes Central shopping centre location

The Manor Lakes Central shopping centre is located at 455 Ballan Road, Wyndham Vale approximately 38km west of the Melbourne central business district.

The shopping centre is located in the western part of the Wyndham City at the heart of Manor Lakes Estate.  It can be easily accessed through the Princess Freeway.

Manor Lakes Central shopping centre design and construction details

The expansion project added 11,385m² to the gross lettable area of the shopping centre increasing the total gross lettable area to 20,000m².

The project incorporated wide walkaways added glass partitioning to the ceilings. The expansion also included a combination of Lambda Gris and Lambda Cemento stone look porcelain tiles, which created a durable, elegant and low maintenance mall surface.

The construction began with civil works and topsoil removal, which facilitated reshaping of the ground and supported the commencement of drainage and road construction.

The initial ground levelling and drainage works were followed by the structural works on the site. The construction of internal slab base was completed during the end of September 2019.

Retail offerings and restaurants at Manor Lakes Central shopping centre

The upgraded shopping centre features a new Kmart spread across an area of 5,200m². It also houses other retail stores, including Best and Less, a clothing retailer, Anytime Fitness gym, and Big Daddy’s, a large format vegetable and fruit grocer.

The stage two of the shopping centre expansion also included the extension of a single level at the existing Coles centre. Further, medical and dental practices have been added along with fresh food retailers and 20 speciality stores. The expansion has added 500 extra parking spaces bringing the total number of car parking spaces to more than 900.

The shopping centre already included various retail outlets such as Coles, McDonalds Liquorland and other speciality retail stores. Restaurants at the mall include Cafe Zola, Pizza King, Cafe Filippone, Manor Lakes Fish and Chips, Top Bakery, St Mohareel Charcoal Chicken and many others.

New restaurant offerings include Jolly Miller, Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses and Mikado Sushi.

Amenities at the mall

The expansion project added alfresco dining spaces, children’s play areas and a community centre to the mall. The dining spaces are linked to the indoor and outdoor public spaces by connecting them to the communal spaces and kids’ activity zones, which include mini climbing walls and bike tracks.

In addition, the centre houses parent rooms with latest designs, modern amenities and children’s interactive play areas. The expanded mall also features a new community garden, which can be used for conducting various workshops.

The shopping centre includes Bank of Melbourne, a medical centre, a news agency, cafes and butcher. It offers free in-centre Wi-Fi, private feeding spaces, change tables and an early learning centre.

Contractors involved

Architect HQ was the architect for the Manor Lake shopping centre expansion.

Code Design, a design consultancy, and CallisonRTKL, a planning and design company, were also involved in the project.

Akkari Tiling, Integra Surfaces and Hacer Group are other contractors involved in the expansion.