Stage One of the $500 million redevelopment of Toowoomba’s Grand Central Shopping Centre has opened, showcasing The Buchan Group’s design of a new two-level retail galleria precinct.
On completion, the galleria will link the existing centre across the railway line, two roads and West Creek to the Toowoomba City Heart. The bridge is subtly ramped to reconcile differing floor levels between the existing centres, simultaneously crossing the railway corridor.
The Buchan Group Director Gerry Holmes said the galleria was carefully crafted to maximise retail sightlines and visual amenity, enhancing the shopping experience.
He said it set the benchmark for future stages, designed by Buchan and other specialist consultants, which are due to open in 2017.
“Critical to the success of any retail development is its master plan," he said.
"While remaining flexible, this master plan embodies sound retail planning principles, placement of major tenants, clear pedestrian access, appropriate carparking and circulation, and relevant goods servicing provisions.
“The opening marks a 20-year milestone for The Buchan Group, which has worked on all stages of the centre, from its concept design and 1996 opening, to master planning the current redevelopment for QIC during the past ten years.”
Other key elements of Buchan’s design include: