E-com­merce in­flu­ences $200m mall devel­op­ment

The Dominion Post - - Commercial Property - John An­thony

The rise of on­line shop­ping has in­flu­enced the look and feel of a $200 mil­lion shop­ping mall be­ing built to ser­vice a new Auck­land town.

Todd Prop­erty and the Auck­land Coun­cil’s devel­op­ment agency, Panuku, have started con­struc­tion of a 4.5-hectare town cen­tre at Or­mis­ton, in the South Auck­land sub­urb of Flat Bush.

The town cen­tre will fea­ture 100 busi­ness ten­ants, a three-level park­ing struc­ture, and four an­chor ten­ants in­clud­ing The Ware­house, a Hoyts cin­ema com­plex, an ex­ist­ing Pak’n Save, and an ad­di­tional su­per­mar­ket.

It will also in­clude a gym, li­brary and aquatic cen­tre.

By com­par­i­son Auck­land’s largest shop­ping cen­tre, Sylvia Park, is 24ha and has more than 200 stores.

Todd Prop­erty manag­ing direc­tor Evan Davies said ground­work started on the Or­mis­ton town cen­tre in Oc­to­ber and devel­op­ment was ex­pected to be com­pleted by 2020.

The town cen­tre, lo­cated next to Barry Cur­tis Park, was de­signed to in­te­grate with the ur­ban land­scape via streets, al­ley­ways and pub­lic open spa­ces, in con­trast to tra­di­tional closed-in malls, he said.

The cen­tre would have a fo­cus on food and en­ter­tain­ment, fea­tur­ing a din­ing lane, a food hall and a restau­rant precinct, he said.

‘‘It will have a larger por­tion of food and bev­er­age than you would usu­ally ex­pect to see,’’ Davies said.

The rise of on­line shop­ping meant that bricks and mor­tar re­tail had to be fo­cused more on ‘‘life­style and ex­pe­ri­ence’’, he said.

About half of the land area had al­ready been leased, he said.

When com­pleted, busi­nesses there would pro­vide jobs for hun­dreds of peo­ple, he said.

The Todd Prop­erty-Panuku part­ner­ship will also re­sult in the con­struc­tion of 700 homes at a 19ha devel­op­ment in Or­mis­ton, with 129 homes ei­ther com­pleted or un­der con­struc­tion.

Panuku chief ex­ec­u­tive Roger MacDon­ald said the de­vel­op­ers had taken a green­field site and turned it into an en­tirely new mas­ter­planned com­mu­nity.

‘‘In time, Or­mis­ton could pro­vide a blue­print for how we take other town­ships in Auck­land for­ward to pro­vide for the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion,’’ MacDon­ald said.

Pre­vi­ously a dairy farm­ing com­mu­nity, Or­mis­ton’s pop­u­la­tion was pre­dicted to in­crease by 36,000 in the next 10 years.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the town cen­tre project in Or­mis­ton, Auck­land, which will 100 re­tail ten­ants.

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