Stockland Green Hills has been awarded the esteemed Urban Taskforce 2019 Development Excellence Award in the category of Retail Development.
The Urban Taskforce awards acknowledge development projects that demonstrate best outcomes in terms of client requirements, environment, business and community considerations; as well as time, cost and quality. It is a way in which to recognise the critical role of a developer in positioning a new development for success.
The award comes after the centre’s highly successful $421 million redevelopment; the largest retail redevelopment to be completed in Australia in 2018.
Over a 27-month live build, Stockland more than doubled the size of the centre to 74,000 square metres (GLA), transforming the retail offering into a fashion, dining, entertainment and beauty oasis to rival any leading metro-shopping centre in Australia.
Chris Travers, Regional Retail Manager, Stockland, said: “We are very excited that Stockland Green Hills has been recognised for such a prestigious award.
“It has been a long yet incredibly rewarding process to elevate Stockland Green Hills to its current high standard.
“We wanted to ensure that the centre was a ‘one stop shop’ experience that really served all of the community’s needs. That is what all of our efforts have been for; to provide the community with the lifestyle and diversity in options that they want.
“We are also committed to offering customers a more sustainable shopping experience and chose to incorporate a number of innovative green principles into the redevelopment, including the $2.8 million, 1.863 MW solar system, free electric vehicle charging facilities, and energy efficient lighting and air-conditioning systems.
“We are very proud to have been recognised by The Green Building Council of Australia for taking an industry-leading approach to sustainable design and development, with Stockland Green Hills receiving a 5-Star Green Star – Design (Retail Centre) certified rating.
“There are also a number of important community facilities such as multiple parents rooms, an adult change room, two inclusive playgrounds designed in collaboration with the Touched By Olivia Foundation, as well as a designated Quiet Room designed to create a safe place for parents, carers and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
“Importantly, this project has also generated more than 2,500 new jobs for the Hunter Region during construction, and will continue to provide jobs in retail, customer service, operations and hospitality.”
Stockland has secured leading national and international brands including David Jones, Mecca Maxima and a two-level H&M. Other major new tenants include a Target and a seven-cinema Hoyts, that complement the existing major tenants such as Woolworths, Coles and Big W.