Stockland Green Hills marked a double milestone for the $412 million redevelopment today, unveiling the next section of the mall, as well as celebrating the construction ‘topping out’.
So far 42,000 cubic metres of concrete has been poured, enough to fill more than 17 Olympic Swimming Pools; 45,000 kg of glass has been used, the same weight as six elephants and more than 140,000 square metres of deck and wall ply has been laid, enough to cover 26 football fields.
Stockland and construction partner Multiplex held a Topping Out event on the Stockland Green Hills rooftop today, 34 metres above ground. Mayor Peter Blackmore OAM, Maitland City Council was joined by Tim Beattie, General Manager of Design and Development at Stockland and Harry Young, NSW Regional Director at Multiplex to celebrate the milestone and take part in the final concrete pour.
Tim Beattie, General Manager of Design and Development at Stockland, said: “We are excited to celebrate this double milestone for Stockland Green Hills opening a brand new section of mall featuring new and returning retailers and 350 additional rooftop car parking spaces for the convenience of customers.
“The redevelopment continues to make significant progress and we are on track to generate more than 2,285 jobs, including 1,350 construction jobs, 1,250 direct full time jobs in retail, customer service and hospitality, and some 1,200 flow-on jobs for local suppliers. We also thank Multiplex for their hard work and dedication to help us reach this topping out milestone on schedule.”
Mr Harry Young, NSW Regional Director at Multiplex, said: “It’s fantastic to see Stockland Green Hills shopping centre continuing to evolve and take shape. We are now well on track to completing the building works in mid-2018.”
Mayor Peter Blackmore OAM, Maitland City Council, said: “Maitland is the fastest growing non metro region in NSW and this is because people see the area as a great place to live and work. Shopping, leisure and entertainment destinations like Stockland Green Hills play a central role in making Maitland the dynamic city it is today.
“Stockland Green Hills has been a part of our growing community for many decades and it is a pleasure to see the project progressing with the official unveiling of Stage 2.”
Stage 2 features approximately 1,450 square metres of new floor space comprising of 13 new and returning retailers including Bed Bath N Table, Habitania, Spendless Shoes, Laser Clinics Australia, Darrell Lea Kards and Kandy, Price Attack and Lowes.
Next month, Stockland will also deliver new premium bathrooms, a Parents Room with private feeding rooms, and a play area for the kids. Disability amenities including an adult change room with an adjustable changing table and ceiling hoist will also open in September to assist carers and people with a disability.
In November, the centre will also open a dedicated Quiet Room designed to create a safe place for parents, carers and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), providing a calm, low sensory environment, which can be used as a retreat away from the busy shopping centre.
Tim Beattie continues, “We are proud to not only deliver first class retail, but also first class community facilities for the people of Maitland. With currently four million customer visits a year to Stockland Green Hills, ensuring these new bathroom amenities are inclusive is a small but significant initiative in making our shopping centre a place for all customers to enjoy.”
Upon completion in mid-2018, the centre will more than double in size to around 74,000 square metres and will feature the first new look David Jones department store in the Hunter, a new Target discount department store, a new 900 seat Hoyts cinema and around 220 tenancies with a vibrant new dining and entertainment precinct that will be the biggest and best in the region.
New and returning retailers include: