Hotel and town square included in modified Galleria Shopping Centre expansion

A perspective of the proposed mixed use development on the corner of Bishop and Russell streets. Credit: Buchan Group’s site plans.
A perspective of the proposed mixed use development on the corner of Bishop and Russell streets. Credit: Buchan Group’s site plans.

GALLERIA Shopping Centre has obtained approval to include a hotel and service apartments and a town square on Bishop Street as part of its $350 million expansion.

The Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel approved applicant Rowe Group’s amendments to the approved redevelopment of the Morley centre at its meeting this morning.

Vicinity Centres and Perron Group co-own the centre.

Amendments include modifications to the Bishop Street town square, parking changes, relocation of the primary food and beverage area to across the Russell Street plaza, redesign of a residential tower to two separate towers, more landscaping and relocation of the Aldi store.

Land uses including multiple dwellings, hotel, serviced apartments, office, medical consulting rooms, carpark, small bar, small liquor store, amusement parlour, tavern, restaurant, fast food outlet, health studio and recreation facility have been approved.

Key features of the development include the Bishop Street town square, Russell Street Plaza, upgrade and relocation of the Water Corporation drainage basin, a fashion high street on Collier Road, ground floor commercial tenancies fronting Bishop and Russell Street, a new cinema complex and three storeys of retail and specialist stores.

Myer town square.

There will also be a five-storey office tower located above a three-storey carpark, upgrades to road intersections and improved connection between the centre and Morley Bus Station.

The proposal includes either the development of 144 serviced apartments or a slightly higher number of hotel rooms, subject to confirmation by a tenant or operator.

The Russell Street Plaza, to be located at the Galleria entrance, will have shade cover, events lawn, water features and water-based play area.

The primary development floor space has increased by 320 sq m, which includes an increase in food and beverage and non-retail areas and a 3309 sq m decrease in the shopping area.

Retail precinct on the corner of Dewar Street and Collier Road.

Ultimately there is a 3000 sq m increase in floor space, which includes a 500 sq m reduction in overall shop and food and beverage area and a 3500 sq m increase in non-retail space .

Car parking will increase from 4086 bays to between 7200 and 7470 bays for the primary development and to a maximum of 8800 bays on completion of the ultimate development, plus an additional 244 bays for the residential component.

According to a City officer’s report, the applicant advised that significant portions of the ultimate development plan will not developed before 2031.

UPDATE 12/02/19 9.50am:

A Vicinity spokesman said the approval was among a number of steps in order to make any proposed plans happen at the centre.

“The development still has many stages to go through and remains subject to several pre-conditions including investment approvals from our co-owners and (the) Board,” he said.

“We will continue to update the local community and greater Morley area throughout the process.”