Shopping centre expansion
Kiwi Property is set to open a new extension, known as The Galleria, at its Sylvia Park shopping centre in the heart of Auckland, New Zealand.
Kiwi Property approved the expansion project in February 2018. The NZD277m ($184.75m) expansion, also known as Level One expansion, will open on 15 October 2020.
Sylvia Park is the largest shopping mall in the country and a major destination for lifestyle, fashion, food, and entertainment. The expansion will allow the mall to continue attracting visitors from Auckland and beyond.
The shopping centre is located near 286 Mount Wellington Highway, 12km away from Auckland’s central business district (CBD). The site was previously occupied by a former World War II American Army base.
Spanning 22ha, the facility is served by direct train and bus links. Reopened in May 2020 following modifications, the Carbine Road entrance provides direct access to a new car park building where shoppers can enter the shopping centre.
The extension spans 20,000m² and will add approximately 60 new stores to the mall, expanding its retail offering. Sylvia Park currently has more than 200 stores, a food court, two supermarkets and a cinema, as well as modern open-air galleries.
The mall expansion design includes a galleria-style atrium that facilitates natural light through roof skylights. The curved surfaces of the ceilings will be illuminated by light sources to provide soft ambience.
Construction work and improvements previously completed at the mall include a mall ambience upgrade, The Grove dining district, and the opening of retailers such as H&M and Zara. The retailers opened in 2016 while the dining district was opened in 2017.
The expansion project also created multi-storey carpark buildings and new retail tenancies. Other associated infrastructure development works included the diversion of major utilities, road and intersection improvements and works over the Eastern electrified railway line.
The new five-storey car park added 900 additional spaces, increasing the total number of parking spaces at the mall to 5,000.
In addition to H&M and Zara, the mall houses retailers such as Skechers, The Warehouse, Miniso, Max, Kmart, and Forever New. Local brands include Kookai, Peter Alexander, and Portmans.
The Level One expansion also features an expansive new dining precinct known as The Terrace at Sylvia Park. The dining precinct will offer a diverse range of food and beverage options.
In 2017, department store chain Farmers agreed to occupy 8,100m² to operate a two-level flagship store that will serve as an anchor tenant of the expanded facility.
The Grove dining district has eight restaurants, including The Coffee Club, Mexico, Better Burger, Hawker & Roll, Casablanca, The Little District, Cleaver & Co, and Garrison Public House. Dining options at the mall also include Subway, Nando’s Tank, and Kiwi Grill.
Electric vehicle charging stations are available at different locations on the ground floor and Level One. The shopping facility also has a free eBike / eScooter lock dock and recharge station.
Other amenities include Kiwibubs (a club for parents and caregivers), playground, bag storage and device charging, and childcare facility.
Pragmatix was contracted to serve as the project manager and engineer for the construction contract.
Buchan Group was appointed to create the design for the Galleria expansion. Earlier, the company delivered the design and upgrade of the expansion at The Groove.
Naylor Love constructed the five-storey car park at the shopping centre. Construction claims and disputes firm FC International received a contract from Naylor Love to organise a monthly health check programme.
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