CONSTRUCTION of the $800 million Karrinyup Shopping Centre redevelopment is starting next week.
The major revamp of the centre will see it almost double in size from nearly 59,000sq m to 109,000sq m and comprise about 290 stores, an alfresco dining precinct and 10-screen Hoyts cinema.
There will also be 134 residential apartments on the site, with a height increase to an apartment building along Francis Avenue and Davenport Street approved by the Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel last month.
A large piazza, main street and external open space including children’s play area and trees are other features of the development, along with 4500 parking spaces.
AMP Capital global head of real estate Carmel Hourigan said they aimed to create a landmark destination with high quality retail and lifestyle offering that merge the “physical and digital world”.
“Our vision is to create a place that’s uniquely Perth and applies what we know about retail trends of the future and the expectations of our customers,” she said.
Development approval was granted in 2015, with seven amendments to the plans made since, and builder Multiplex was appointed in 2016.
Many stores have relocated in preparation for the works and the centre will remain open throughout construction, which will take three years.
The project is expected to create 2500 jobs during construction and 2500 retail, support and management jobs once finished.