Set midway between Port Macquarie’s coastline and hinterland, the 25,000+m² Sovereign Hills Town Centre, Sovereign Place – currently in Stage 1 of construction – will be the epitome of a development striving to meet the demands of the modern customer without sacrificing the connection to its natural surroundings.

According to the designers and developers of this centre, experiential retail is the future, with modern customers eager to embrace a more immersive shopping experience that goes beyond simply visiting a centre, making a purchase and returning home. Today’s discerning shopper wants variety and entertainment housed in an accessible, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally-conscious package so that a centre visit is not just about practicalities, but also the creation of pleasurable and memorable experiences.

The predominantly outdoor centre features lush landscaping, locally-sourced recycled timber arbours and natural sandstone, blending seamlessly with the environment. The overall offer strives to meet the demands of an increasingly savvy regional consumer base that seek a blend of quality retail and social connection.

Starting as a 5,200m² neighbourhood shopping centre and then growing over time, Stage 1 will be operational by end 2019 and will include a full line supermarket, chemist, café/restaurant, specialist retailers and service providers. The future Stage 2 will bring a community centre, entertainment precinct, commercial offices and additional retail spaces.

Globally renowned architects Buchan provided the architectural services, the interior design of public spaces, centre graphics and signage for Australian developer Lewis Land Group.

Managing Principal of Buchan’s Gold Coast studio Brett Saville said the design team embraced the opportunity to pay homage to the natural beauty and idyllic climate of the Port Macquarie region in their design.

“Port Macquarie is an expanding coastal city, with Sovereign Hills Town Centre and the surrounding Sovereign Hills master planned community very much the focal point of this expansion,”

Our design for stage 1 of the Town Centre maximises the opportunities that the ideal climate of Port Macquarie offers, but in addition to that also draws on the rich traditions of agricultural and timber industries of the Port Macquarie hinterland,” Saville said.

Lewis Land Group Head of Development Michael Long said incorporating biophilic design principles and sustainability measures were important to the development’s modern appeal.

“Sustainability has been considered throughout the design, with electric car charging stations, reclaimed water usage and roof-mounted solar panels, aimed at reducing the centre’s energy footprint and operating costs.

On an economic level, providing a sustainable community is at the centre of our vision for the Sovereign Hills Town Centre and we have been particular in appointing local contractors and tradespeople, and leasing to local retailers to ensure the community continues to prosper,” Long said.

Collectively, Stage 1 of the construction and subsequent employment opportunities within the centre are expected to generate more than 600 permanent and casual positions in the region.

Source: Shopping Centre News

Capital Bluestone has announced Woolworths and ALDI as supermarket tenants at Sutherland Shire’s newest shopping centre – Bay Central, a shopping, lifestyle and dining hotspot next to Shark Park. Construction of the 18,000m2 Bay Central is expected to commence in late 2019 and will take approximately two-and-a-half years to build. 

Other tenants to be announced shortly will include a large format bottle shop, childcare, gymnasium, pharmacy and ancillary medical services as well as key commitments to the dining and restaurant precinct. 

The fresh food precinct is targeting a market style fruit & vegetable operator as well as a seafood operator, butcher, delicatessen and artisan baker that will see Bay Central become the premier fresh food centre for Sutherland Shire. With a focus on convenience, local daily needs, lifestyle and services, the retail mix will be deliberately skewed towards providing high-quality operators and brands in health, beauty, hairdresser, barber, day spa/wellness centre and more. 

Capital Bluestone Managing Director Ben Fairfax said Bay Central is set to become the natural heart of the $1 billion Woolooware Bay Town Centre community. 

“Bay Central will not only be a place for people to shop but also a place for the local community to socialise, make connections and dine. It will fill a gap in the local retail offering and bring new levels of amenity to people living at Woolooware Bay and beyond. We see Bay Central as being the Sutherland Shire Town Centre,” Fairfax said. 

“For residents, the new Bay Central offers convenience and choice. For retailers, the fundamentals are compelling. The Woolooware Bay Town Centre community will be home to more than 2,000 residents on completion, while drawing on a much broader catchment, due to the uniqueness of offer and key anchor tenants. 

“The centre’s prominent location on Captain Cook Drive just 1km from Woolooware train station, its ease of bus and train accessibility, as well as the thousands of Sharks supporters on game days, amount to substantial foot traffic. 

In all, the 18,000m2 Bay Central will house the major tenant announcements plus more than 50 specialty shops, with tenancies ranging from 70m2 to 1,000m2. It will feature two waterfront restaurant precincts with alfresco dining and include secure and undercover parking for 770 vehicles. 

Bay Central forms a key part of the final stage of the $1 billion Woolooware Bay Town Centre community, which will also include approximately 250 apartments integrating key worker homes, and a revitalised Cronulla Sharks Leagues Club.


Source: Shopping Centre News