Facelift for Karrinyup
CONSTRUCTION of the $800 million Karrinyup Shopping Centre redevelopment is scheduled to start next week.
The major revamp of the centre will have it almost double in size from nearly 59,000sq m to 109,000sq m and comprise about 290 stores, an alfresco dining precinct and 10-screen Hoyts cinema.
There will also be 134 residential apartments on the site, with a height increase to an apartment building along Francis Avenue and Davenport Street approved by the Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel last month.
A large piazza, main street and external open space including children’s play area and trees are other features of the development, along with 4500 parking spaces.
AMP Capital global head of real estate Carmel Hourigan said they aimed to create a landmark destination with high-quality retail and lifestyle offering that merged the “physical and digital world”.
“Our vision is to create a place that’s uniquely Perth and applies what we know about retail trends of the future and the expectations of our customers,” she said.
Development approval was granted in 2015 and builder Multiplex was appointed in 2016.
Many stores have relocated in preparation for the works and the centre will remain open throughout construction, which will take three years. The project is expected to create 2500 construction jobs and 2500 retail, support and management jobs.
A DEVELOPER has gained approval to add an extra three storeys to a Karrinyup apartment complex despite overwhelming objections by residents.
The seven-storey residential and commercial building on Davenport Street and Francis Avenue is part of AMP Capital’s redevelopment of Karrinyup Shopping Centre.
It had approval for a four-storey development but applied in May to the Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel to increase the height by 5.6m to seven storeys and number of apartments from 57 to 94.
Francis Avenue resident Allan Maus said residents’ needs were not listened to and described the panel process as “pretty opaque”.
“I don’t like the seven storeys right up against street level,” he said.
“And I think parking is going to be a bigger problem than they think.”
Fellow resident Arnold Davies did not believe the height fitted in with the surrounding residences.
But a City of Stirling report said the height was compatible with the shopping centre and proposed eight-storey residential building along Burroughs Road.
It supported the application despite 86 per cent of public submissions objecting to it.
Key issues were increased traffic and congestion, excessive height of development and loss of privacy to adjoining homes.
The applicant’s reason for the height increase was to screen the shops from the road.
It will also redevelop two intersections along Karrinyup Road, at Francis and Gwelup streets, despite the City disagreeing with the plans.