A radical overhaul of the 1960s Eastland Shopping Centre in Melbourne

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Project Details

LOCATION: Ringwood, Australia

CLIENT: QIC

DATE: 2012–2016

STATUS: completed

SIZE: 3,100sqm Library, 58,000sqm retail, 4,500sqm Town Square, 180sqm Shard, 7,000sqm David Jones Department Store

Credits +

Credits

ACME


EXECUTIVE ARCHITECT

The Buchan Group


CONSULTANTS

Structural: AKT/ Hyder

Services: Hoare Lea/ NDY

Project Management: Thinc

Quantity Surveyor: WT Partnership

Landscape: ACME

Interior Design: Universal Design Studio

Architect: Softroom

Interior Design: Universal Design Studio


CONTRACTORS

Probuild

The new town square inverts the original inward-facing 60s masterplan and offers the area a civic focus. Shoppers are lured outside of the interior mall into the daylight and a new sequence of spaces, forming a new public heart for Ringwood and Maroondah. Eastland is the first in a series of major transformations of shopping centres by QIC, acting as a test case to demonstrate the ways in which commercial and civic spaces can coexist happily and form real public facilities for the local community.

Rising out of the centre of the square, the Shard provides access into and out of the mall, topped with an undulating roof, which soars over a transparent glass base. Next to this, a new Library replaces the smaller facility demolished in 2015, forming a civic landmark for the entire development.

The Eastland Shopping centre has dominated the area since 1967 when it opened with a large Myers Department store. By repositioning and extending the centre, QIC were able to reimagine the way people will access the mall and use public space and transport. The redevelopment of this centre is the first step in a larger regeneration programme of the entire area.

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