Melville Plaza refurbishment expected to be finished in early 2018


Pippa Buswell (4) plays in front of artwork by Chris Nixon at a redeveloped Melville Plaza, now known as Hawaiian’s Melville.
Pippa Buswell (4) plays in front of artwork by Chris Nixon at a redeveloped Melville Plaza, now known as Hawaiian’s Melville.

THE $4 million refurbishment of Melville Plaza is expected to be finished in early 2018.

Work to freshen up the tired 45-year-old building began in July.

Additions include a variety of retail outlets, alfresco dining, an airconditioned internal mall, a community herb garden, a shaded playground and communal areas linked to Kirby Swim Melville.

The centre, which has been rebranded as Hawaiian’s Melville, consists of 28 speciality shops, four new restaurants and eateries, a 24-hour-gym and the children’s swim centre.

Coles also came to the party, introducing a market-style layout, an in-store bakery and a gourmet deli in November.

The final touches are now being put in place, with completion anticipated “early next year”.

Hawaiian chief executive Russell Gibbs said the company, which purchased the plaza in 2013, was aiming to create a traditional neighbourhood shopping centre while providing a space that is more than bricks and mortar.

Two community art projects formed part of the refurbishment, with both commissions by local artists.

Chris Nixon designed and painted two murals in association with Form, a not-for-profit art consultancy group.

One is on the exterior wall of the staircase near the eastern entrance and the other on a nearby wall.

Artist Cynthia Breman-Rooke worked with students from Bicton Primary School to design a window mural providing privacy between one of the restaurant alfresco areas and the swim centre.

Another community initiative is the installation of a sea container, to be used as a pop up tenancy, near the playground.

The City of Melville Library is the first tenant, taking up a short-term residency while its existing building is being renovated.

MORE: Perth cafe launches specialised dog beer

MORE: Scarborough Beach pool set to open 8 weeks ahead of schedule

MORE: Dawesville mother opens up about horror of losing teen son to suicide