The Westfield Newmarket retail and lifestyle centre in Auckland, New Zealand, is being redeveloped and refurbished to provide a world-class retail experience for the visitors.

Estimated to cost NZD790m ($570m), the extension project is being developed by Scentre Group with a contribution of NZD400m ($288m).

The refurbishment works began in February 2018, with the first phase scheduled for completion by the end of 2019.

The redeveloped and extended mall will become the biggest retail mall in Newmarket with a gross leasable area of 88,150m². It is expected to serve approximately 555,000 residents.

Westfield Newmarket location

The Westfield Newmarket shopping mall is spread across two sites 277 and 309 Broadway, covering a total area of 4.5ha at 277 and 309 Broadway in Newmarket town of Auckland.

Neighbouring areas of the sites include Mortimer Pass, Broadway, Clovernook, Gillies, and Morrow Street.

The site is located approximately 4km from the Auckland CBD, a major retail district.

Westfield Newmarket shopping centre design details

The existing shopping mall at 277 Broadway site is being transformed to accommodate a new mall. Another shopping block is being built at 309 Broadway site. The two buildings are connected by a 12m-high, two-level glass airbridge built on Mortimer Pass.

The main building will consist of five floors, with each level having a floor area of 11,500m². The first three levels are dedicated for shops, while the fourth floor will feature a cinema theatre, gymnasium, and a car park. It will also have an underground car park.

The structure of the building consists of steel frame with lightweight concrete floors supported on steel beams and columns.

The foundation of the buildings is made up of reinforced concrete piles inserted into the rock strata, while the roof is made up of lightweight steel.

The two blocks together house a total of 2,770 car parking spaces.

Retail and entertainment facilities at Westfield Newmarket

Westfield Newmarket will house roughly 230 new specialty stores across five levels. The retail stores will be of local and international designers, along with the latest and well-known brands from New Zealand and Australia.

“The redeveloped and extended mall will become the biggest retail mall in Newmarket with a gross leasable area of 88,150m².”

Auckland’s first David Jones department store will occupy 7,000m² at 277 Broadway across the ground and first levels with several brands, interactive trial rooms, a beauty room, two personal shopping suites, and a designer accessories area.

The Farmers Trading department store will cover 10,000m² at 309 Broadway across two levels. New Zealand’s first Coco Republic Auckland boutique, featuring a L’Americano Espresso Bar, will occupy 1,000m² of space in the mall.

Other retailers will include Countdown supermarket, Rebel Sport, Torpedo 7, Kathmandu, and Noel Leeming. The Countdown Supermarket will comprise speciality stores such as fresh produce, cafés, and gift shops.

The mall will feature a dining and entertainment precinct on the rooftop called ‘Rooftop on Broadway’, which will house New Zealand’s best food and beverage facilities, including White +Wong’s, Sardine Cocktail Bar, Something & Social, Bird On A Wire, and Tai Ping.

The rooftop precinct will also integrate Westfield Newmarket’s Event Cinemas complex with V-Max and Gold Class options for cinema goers.

Contractors involved

Contract Landscapes was contracted for the enabling works while Gleeson & Cox was employed as the main civil contractor for the shopping centre.

Grouting Services undertook geotechnical works, while DHC Consulting was contracted for consultation services.

Chillex Group is providing mechanical works for the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems of the building. The office fit outs were carried out by Total Property Worx, whereas the carpentry and interior works were assigned to Ever Construction.

The contract for underground services was awarded to Underground Service Locators. JJS FloorSpec carried out the floor works, while Armourguard is responsible for providing security services for the mall.