JMK Retail is developing its regional shopping centre, Yamanto Central, in the western growth corridor of Brisbane, Australia. The shopping centre project is the first stage of the Yamanto Town Centre masterplan development.
The project is estimated to involve an investment of A$135m ($92.82m) and expected to be completed in the first half of 2021.
The shopping centre will become the largest next-generation shopping and lifestyle destination in the catchment area. The project will create 600 jobs during the construction period and 500 more jobs in retail and management roles upon completion.
The shopping centre is located at the intersection of the Centenary Highway, Cunningham Highway and Ipswich Boonah Road. The property is situated at the Warwick Road- Pisasale Drive intersection in Yamanto. The facility will be a new central destination to the southern gateway of the city.
The greenfield site is 35km away from the central business district (CBD) of Brisbane and 5km from the Ipswich CBD.
The shopping centre will be designed with contemporary architectural elements and include regional aesthetics. It will be spread across an area of 20,000m² and will include more than 50 speciality stores.
The design includes several solid and perforated three dimensional features on one side of the façade. The anchor tenants include Coles supermarket, and Kmart, a discount department store. Coles will occupy an area spanning across 3,920m², while Kmart signed up for a 6,600m² tenancy.
The three-level shopping centre will include a market-style store for fresh food and convenience products. The store will have an open-style meat counter, an in-store bakery, gourmet deli, and a large area dedicated to fresh produce.
The food and market precinct, known as Market Central, covers 1,750m² at the centre of the shopping facility. It is also expected to include news agency, liquor, fruit and vegetable stores. The new regional shopping destination will include more than 950 car parking spaces, including 750 in the basement and the remaining 200 at-grade. In addition, the mall will have travellators at each end.
The construction fencing was installed at the site in September 2019 in preparation for the construction works. The site sheds were built in October 2019, while the construction officially started with a sod-turning event held in November 2019.
In early 2020, the foundations were poured at the project site. Bulk earthworks to the building pad were completed in January 2020, and in-ground services and works on high-level foundations are currently underway.
The contractor is expected to finish the on-grade car park and achieve significant progress on the sub-grade preparation and earthworks to the new Main Street by mid-2020. It will also begin the suspended slabs for new levels of retail at the shopping centre. The precast panels and structural steelwork are planned to be installed in the second half of 2020.
Yamanto Central will include an indoor / outdoor casual dining precinct, known as Central Eats. The outdoor section will allow for further expansion in future. The architecturally designed dining precinct will feature an open play and leisure zone.
Central Eats will have an external seating area and will also be connected to the footpaths and existing bus networks in the region. The outdoor area near the main entrance will include a large green space.
The shopping centre will feature Viva Leisure’s fitness brands such as hiit republic and Club Lime and an indoor learn-to-swim facility, Rackley Swimming. The L-shape swimming pool will be located in the basement of the shopping centre. The retail outlets will be located at the ground level, while level one will include a medical and pathology centre.
DMA Partners was contracted to serve as a development partner for the project. The company also performed a feasibility review for a concept design of the facility. Buchan Group is the design architect of Yamanto Central.
Mainbrace Constructions is responsible for the construction of the project, while MinStaff Survey worked on the preliminary cadastral surveys and the establishment of a site survey control. Other partners in the project include Comac Retail Property Group and Urbis.
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