A retail destination with a social edge
Location: Corner of Redbank Plains Rd South and Redbank Plains Rd East, QLD
Client: Alceon Capital Transactions Joint Venture
Capacity: 1,200 carparks
Project Team: Matthew Johnson, Michael Ellis, Len Powe, Mark Thompson, Lachlan McKelvie, Joshua White, Erik Lundberg, Iona Mansfield
Awards: Winner of the PCA’s 2018 QLD Retail Property of the Year Award for Excellence in Design & Finalist for The Urban Developer’s 2018 Development of the Year – Retail Award
Town Square Redbank Plains is a 28,000m2 sub-regional shopping centre located in a rapid population growth area west of Brisbane. The project was completed in late 2016 with FKG as the head contractor and represents a major expansion of the previous Woolworths anchored centre. A feature of the open air design is the expansive 8 metre wide “boulevard” that sleeves the length of the main building. This walkway provides generous outdoor spaces, significant shading and weather protection and a strong focus for pedestrian movements. This walkway design intent then provides an almost continuous pedestrian connection to the other specialty shops on the perimeter of the centre.
The design addresses both external and internal street frontages and activation. The long, extensive facades are achieved through variations in colours and materials, striking roof forms and architectural elements that contribute to the articulation. Compressed fibre cement panels were used extensively to create a distinctive, lightweight design statement, while also providing exceptional durability and good maintenance characteristics.
According to Place Design Group’s Angus Green,
“The completed development will create a vibrant community node consistent with the aspirations of the planning scheme through the inclusion of a diverse range of retail offerings, expanded pedestrian walkways, contemporary building design and vibrant hard and soft landscape architecture treatments. The proposed centre features an active retail environment which offers its customers a development which is more than merely a place to collect the weekly groceries by providing a centre that contributes to the social capital of the area and creates a destination.”
POWE Architects have assisted the client on this project with exploring their development options through a supported master-planning, schematic and concept design process. Once the development potential of the site was understood, POWE Architects then worked with the client and their consultant team to produce the development application. The POWE Architects team is now working on the next stage of bringing this landmark project to fruition.