Contract negotiations delay start of $750m Garden City redevelopment

Artist’s impression of the $750 million revamp of Garden City.
Artist’s impression of the $750 million revamp of Garden City.

CONTRACT negotiations will delay the start of the $750 million Garden City redevelopment.

AMP Capital said in January that work at the Booragoon shopping centre would commence once an agreed price had been reached with builder Scentre Group.

With the process already underway at the time, the three-year project was expected to commence “early to mid-2018”.

But with that upon us, the finer details are still being negotiated.

In a statement AMP Capital’s divisional development manager for WA Scott Nugent said the firm was committed to the project and was making good progress finalising “key activities” required for construction to start.

“As with all projects of this scale and complexity it can take a while to get started,” he said.

“We are working hard to wrap up any remaining issues – including our construction contract negotiations – in the second half of 2018 so works can begin.

“We look forward to providing an update in due course on this exciting transformation of Perth’s premier shopping centre.”

The revamped centre is set to grow in size from 72,000sq m to about 120,000sq m, with the number of stores almost doubling to 370.

Among the proposed additions will be a new cinema complex, new fashion retailers, expanded supermarkets and a main street dining and leisure precinct.

Just next door, City of Melville will investigate moving its council chambers and associated civic facilities as part of the library and cultural centre project.

Mayor Russell Aubrey said moving the chambers to a location with increased foot traffic could encourage more people to attend meetings.

The investigation will not consider relocating the City’s administration from its existing office space.

The current chambers could potentially be re-purposed as office space to accommodate growing staff numbers in the future.

A report will be brought back to councillors.

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