Benoy, the global studio of Architects, Masterplanners, Interior and Graphic Designers, is excited to announce that the AU$350 million redevelopment of Mandurah Forum in Western Australia has now been officially launched. Benoy confirmed its involvement last year as the Concept Interior Designer collaborating with local practice and Project Architect Hames Sharley.
Mandurah Forum is located in Western Australia’s second largest city and will be one of the state’s largest regional shopping centres once the revitalisation is complete. Benoy’s Teams are delivering their design expertise to the malls and public areas.
“Mandurah Forum is one of our first appointments in Australia and we are very excited to see it reach this latest milestone. Working with clients around the world, we are seeing a marked increase in those who are investing in renewing their schemes as an alternative to building new which is incredibly interesting for us as designers. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to bring our international expertise to the Australian market and to help shape what is a significant addition to Western Australia’s retail offer,” said Robert Bishop, Director at Benoy.
The upgrade will transform Mandurah Forum into a major regional retail destination. The 30-year-old shopping centre will double in size during the work, expanding its retail floor space with an additional 26,200m2 and will include two additional department stores and more than 220 new specialty stores. The redevelopment plans have enticed leading retailers such as David Jones which will open its first next generation store in Western Australian in an anchor tenancy.
As the retail sector continues to evolve, the development is following the trend to become more leisure-orientated; placing an emphasis on Food and Beverage offers, fresh markets and spaces for ‘Pop-up’ and independent retailers. Embracing an indoor-outdoor concept, a new partially externalised area will also be introduced.
The development’s concept design has drawn inspiration from the geography of the surrounding Mandurah area and the relaxed coastal lifestyle; celebrating the city’s location with the seaside to the West and hills to the East. The concept will help to create a different character for each of the zones and provide a balanced retail experience for the development as a whole.
Working within an open network of global studios, the Benoy Teams undertaking the project in Australia are located in the firm’s London and Newark Studios. The design teams are supported by Benoy’s on-the-ground presence in Melbourne which was established in 2015 following interest from within the country.
Construction will commence on Mandurah Forum this month and the development is due to be completed by 2018.
Benoy has now been officially based in Australia for almost a year and is bringing its cross-sector, international expertise to the market. Balancing a global outlook with local knowledge, Benoy’s Teams are helping to create destinations and ‘Places for people’ across Australia’s cities.