Buchan hosts 2017 Asset Enhancement Symposium

May 19, 2017

From L to R: Grant Withers, Buchan Group; Julian Boot, Equiem; Shinya Kogawa, Nikken Sekkei Construction Management; Josef Seidler, Vicinity Centres.

The Buchan Group recently hosted the 2017 Asset Enhancement Symposium, aimed at bringing together key industry colleagues to explore trends in unlocking the latent value of buildings.

The event was the third in a series of exclusive symposiums hosted by Buchan, following the 2015 and 2016 seminars which focussed on Retail and Mixed-Use developments respectively. 

This year’s event turned the spotlight on developing assets to their full potential, with a panel of leading industry specialists examining the changing needs of building owners and the benefits of refurbishment, renovation, adaptation, technology and future proofing.

Buchan Principal Andrew Mackenzie said the symposium sought to begin a conversation around advancing innovation and opportunities in asset management.  

“Asset Enhancement is certainly topical right now.  It is an integral part of what Buchan, our clients and consultants do, as we work to transform, and optimize the value of, multiple development types across the globe.”

“Our expert line up of speakers provided some truly innovative and diverse insights into revamping assets to enrich the customer experience and create maximum value for the client.”

The panel was made up of Josef Seidler, Regional General Manager of Development at Vicinity Centres; Julian Boot, CTO at Equiem; Shinya Kogawa, Director at Nikken Sekkei Construction Management in Japan; and Grant Withers, Principal at The Buchan Group.

Collectively they discussed the customers’ influence on major asset management; the role of technology in enhancing buildings and the user experience; and exemplar case studies demonstrating how

Brisbane Showgrounds King’s Co-op

May 18, 2017

The regeneration of Brisbane’s Showgrounds will see pavilions and food outlets transform into the social, creative and community retail concept, Kings Co-op in the coming months. 

Located at the northern end of King Street in Bowen Hills, Kings Co-op forms a significant part of the history of the Brisbane Exhibition, known locally as the “Ekka”, and includes the Royal Snack Bar, Sugar Pavilion and the Dairy Hall Pavilion. Featuring sections constructed progressively during the past century, the Kings Co-op redevelopment will showcase prime retail, food and beverage offerings, and provide seasonal function spaces and a multi-deck carpark. 

In a design that links the cultural heritage and urban future aspirations of the Brisbane Showgrounds Master Plan, the transformed space will incorporate rescued materials from key warehouse and pavilion structures within the showgrounds precinct. Led by Senior Associate Paul Watson The Buchan Group is working with RNA’s Joint Venture Partner Lendlease on stage three of the 15 year $2.9 billion Showgrounds regeneration project.

Buchan Design Respects Queensland’s Oldest Fig Tree

May 16, 2017

Brisbane’s historic Cleveland Point will soon welcome an exciting residential development, designed to protect and showcase Queensland’s oldest and largest Banyan Fig tree.  Upon completion, the residential complex will consist of 33 boutique apartments, with varied balconies arranged strategically to create complementary reflections and shadows on the building’s façade.

The new development has been carefully designed to integrate with the heritage-listed tree and the building’s coastal fringe surroundings. The majestic Banyan Fig tree on site has a 12-metre trunk with an extensive root system underneath, so it was important to develop a design that would not impact the tree, both now and in the future.

The building has been significantly set back from the streetscape to provide a buffer between the tree and the apartments and to ensure a generous landscaped area adjacent to North Street’s pedestrian link. This also creates an enjoyable space to be used by residents and visitors, while also showcasing the Banyan Tree.

In adding to the Banyan Tree, North Street is also home to Queensland’s oldest licensed hotel, the heritage-listed Grand View Hotel.

Buchan Director Gerry Holmes said that the proposed residential development has been designed and sited using a form and scale that complements the Grand View Hotel.

“The design pays tribute to the surrounding urban, historical and coastal context of the area, whilst enhancing the visual amenity of the site for residents, visitors and the local community,” he said.

“The upper floor of the complex is terraced to soften the building’s impact from the street. This design strategy reduces the visual bulk of the building and also allows the project to sit comfortably in the surrounding landscape.

“The orientation of the building gives each apartment more than one aspect to take advantage of cross-ventilation and also includes balconies on both the north and south façades of the building. 

“This allows residents access to the views north towards Moreton Bay as well as uninterrupted southern views of GJ Walter Park and the adjoining Moreton Bay beyond.

“Once completed, the proposed development will positively contribute to the coastal foreshore amenity of Cleveland, while acknowledging its neighbours and providing an attractive living space for residents.”

2018 National Architecture Conference

May 15, 2017

Buchan is proud to announce our involvement in the 2018 National Architecture Conference to be held at the Gold Coast. A submission for the position of Creative Directors for the conference was curated by our Gold Coast office and submitted on behalf of the Gold Coast / Northern Rivers Regional Australian Institute of Architects members. The nominated Creative Directors are Brett Saville from Buchan Gold Coast and Barry Lee from DBI Design.

Legoland completes latest stage of Chadstone’s entertainment evolution

May 11, 2017

The Southern Hemisphere’s first Legoland Discovery Centre recently opened its doors at Chadstone, unveiling the latest drawcard for the retail and entertainment mecca.

The $12 million Lego centre by Merlin Entertainments features a four-dimensional cinema, a detailed model of Melbourne, interactive rides and more than two million Lego bricks. 

The centre’s opening follows the October launch of two new dining precincts and a Hoyts digital cinema complex, along with over 100 new retailers and a Tesla Motors dealership as part of Chadstone’s $660 million Stage 40 revamp. 

The Buchan Group worked in collaboration with Vicinity Centres, The Gandel Group and CallisonRTKL to deliver the centre’s latest redevelopment and is thrilled to be part of another significant chapter in the centre’s entertainment evolution.

“We are extremely proud to have been involved in the Stage 40 redevelopment and the new entertainment and lifestyle concepts it has introduced,” said Principal Andrew Mackenzie.

“In the 30 plus years Buchan has worked on Chadstone, the changing face of retail has seen social experiences become just as vital as the retail offer, and the centre has embraced this in spectacular fashion. 

“Legoland and the wider entertainment precinct have reimagined the leisure and lifestyle offer of Australian shopping centres.”

Legoland is expected to attract more than 22 million visitors this year alone, building upon the already significant foot traffic to the centre.

Kingsway City Shopping Centre Stage 1A

May 4, 2017

The redevelopment of Kingsway City Shopping Centre is one step closer with Buchan Perth receiving Planning Approval for Stage 1A of this major project in Perth’s northern suburbs.

The upgrade will see the existing centre expanded alongside the addition of three freestanding buildings.

A new airlock to the west mall entry will also be added and the existing external West façade will be refurbished with new canopies and finishes.

The detailed design and layout of the development promotes an enhanced level of pedestrian movement, activity and interaction, whilst providing a focal point and hub for the local community.

Kingsway City Shopping Centre’s design proposal incorporates contemporary urban design principles promoting community identity and community live-ability at its core.

The proposed development will welcome an exciting international mini major retailer to the centre’s 1500m2 northern expansion, to strengthen the retailing sector.

Freestanding buildings proposed for the site include a 1000m2 commercial/retail building, an 82 child early learning school and a swim school.

Kingsway’s central location at the intersection of two significant regional roads (Wanneroo Road and Hepburn Avenue) is perfectly suited for the proposed mixed use project.



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