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|Stockland to Commence Construction at Shellharbour|
Shopping for Illawarra residents will be redefined with the $330 million redevelopment of Stockland Shellharbour set to commence by the end of the year.
The Stockland Board of Directors and Executive Committee visited the centre yesterday to approve the redevelopment, which will set a new benchmark for sustainability and create local jobs for local people.
The new Stockland Shellharbour will include a Myer department store, two discount department stores, two supermarkets, 220 speciality stores, a community plaza complete with an alfresco dining area and over 3,000 car parking spaces.
The redevelopment will almost double the size of the centre to a gross lettable area of 75,000m2, creating the only major regional shopping centre between Miranda, Campbelltown and Canberra.
Stockland Commercial Property CEO, John Schroder, said the new centre would be well-placed to capture the strong growth predicted in the Southern Illawarra region and become Illawarra’s premier shopping destination.
“This major redevelopment will redefine shopping for the people of Shellharbour. The arrival of Myer to the centre will provide an increased fashion offering, and reflects our ability to attract retailers that meet the needs of our customers.
“The delivery of the centre is a significant investment in the future of the local Shellharbour community and will create new jobs for local people,” Mr Schroder said.
Stockland Shellharbour will also deliver the largest ever application of solar energy for a shopping centre in Australia. The centre, which will aim to achieve the first Green Star shopping centre Design and As Built rating in the Illawarra, will include more than 7,000m2 of solar panels on the roof supplemented by a tri-generation energy system.
This combination of solar and tri-generation will provide energy for 70 per cent of the new common area of the development.
Stockland Shellharbour Centre Manager, Brett Leonard, said: “Stockland Shellharbour will not only lead the way in terms of fashion, fresh food and community convenience, it will also set a new benchmark for sustainable shopping centre development with the inclusion of the largest retail solar energy application in the country.
“We’ll be delivering an extended food court with an exciting fresh food offering, a new mall precinct at plaza level with youth fashion, a homewares precinct and a modern community plaza with an alfresco dining area.
“Stockland Shellharbour will include the exciting new My Funland kids play area, which will have a variety of physical and interactive activities for the kids to enjoy, and is linked to the ‘Stockland is my funland’ Kids Club.
“The centre will also be improved with additional undercover parking spaces, better access to the car park, improved connections with surrounding areas and upgraded public toilets and parents’ room facilities.
“The development will be undertaken in stages over approximately three years. This staged approach will minimise any impact on local shoppers and retailers, and ensure the centre continues to trade whilst the development is underway.
“We look forward to working with council and the local community to build a retail precinct that meets the needs of Shellharbour residents now and into the future,” Mr Leonard said.
The Shellharbour redevelopment forms part of Stockland’s $2.5 billion national retail development pipeline.