The vision was for the revitalisation of Thrift Park Shopping centre through high quality architecture accommodating the provision of a range or modern retail facilities suited to a local neighbourhood activity centre.

Bringing a 1950’s iconic strip centre into the 21st century provides opportunity for reinvigoration of not only the shopping centre, but the re-cohesion and amenity of a neglected local community base.

As designers there is a responsibility not only to the developer, but to the legacy of site which has been a local gathering place for many generations.

 

 


Challenges

As with any existing retail development the management of the tenants was a complex element during the redevelopment and a detailed strategy was established to reach agreement with all tenants.
The project was further complicated as some tenants had to trade continuously through the redevelopment, therefore were relocated to temporary facilities until their final tenancies were completed in the new centre.

Simultaneous with the Fabcot redevelopment, and also forming part of a local activity centre was a major mixed use development being proposed next door. It was therefore imperative that the site design enabled future linkages, natural surveillance and a strong sense of interconnectivity necessary for the creation of a cohesive activity centre.

The vision was for the revitalisation of Thrift Park Shopping centre through high quality architecture accommodating the provision of a range or modern retail facilities suited to a local neighbourhood activity centre.

The successful creation of a contemporary rhythmic facade containing a brilliant palette of vibrant colours to the long highway Nepean Highway elevation was the most important architectural feature.


Outcomes

The revitalised Thrift Park Shopping Centre has reinvigorated the local community by increasing retail offer and convenience, and is proving a popular meeting place and community base.

Presently the new Supermarket generates sales $49M p/a compared with the original centre that was trading at $16M p/a and received the Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Award 2011.


Project Feedback

“They have demonstrated their commitment to achieving the best project outcomes and worked through some challenging project scenarios with a great amount of stamina and good humour.”

Steven Mitchell - Regional Development Manager, Woolworths


Client Fabcot / Woolworths
Value $15M
Type retail
Year 2010
Status Complete

Lower Dandenong Road and Nepean Hwy, Mentone

Mentone, Vic

Photography: Archishot