Construction of Hillarys Plaza to start in September

An artist impression of Hillarys Plaza.
An artist impression of Hillarys Plaza.

CONSTRUCTION of a medical centre in Hillarys is expected to start this month.

The development has also attracted the attention of an interstate investment company.

Sydney-based Barwon Investment Partners recently announced Hillarys Plaza would be its first WA investment.

The project at the corner of Banks Avenue and Marmion Avenue, opposite Westfield Whitford City shopping centre, will be a two-storey centre specialising in medical services but also offering tenancies for offices, a Plus Fitness 24/7 gym, cafe and Nido Early Learning School childcare centre.

The site at the corner of Banks Avenue and Marmion Avenue. Picture: Martin Kennealey d486583

AGEM Property Group is managing construction of the 3700sq m development, with Barwon funding the project and becoming the owner once completed, which is expected in 2019.

AGEM managing director Adrian Fiore said he was very pleased with the progress of the development, with all anchor tenants secured, more than 60 per cent of the centre leased and now the partnership with Barwon.

The proposal went before the Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel in December, with City of Joondalup officers recommending a decision be deferred.

The report said safe vehicle access to the development depended on modifications to the junction at Banks Avenue and Marmion Avenue and they were waiting for a response from Main Roads WA.

“Deferral will allow for transport related comments and recommendations to be provided by Main Roads so a determination can be made with this necessary information,” it said.

However, panel members voted to approve the project, subject to detailed engineering drawings of the junction modifications being approved by the City and Main Roads before the start of development and held at the cost of the applicant before it was occupied.

In May, the applicant successfully appealed to the State Administrative Tribunal to amend the condition to allow the drawings to be approved “prior to requesting or lodging an application for Certificate of Occupancy under the Building Act”.

The works would still be undertaken by and at the cost of the applicant prior to occupation.