Benoy, the global studio of Architects, have announced details of its first live projects in Australia. Working with Australian developer Federation Centres, Benoy has been appointed to complete the significant redevelopment and expansion of two regional retail centres in Western Australia.
“Entering Australia is a milestone for Benoy and we are incredibly excited to now confirm the details of our first projects in the country. These appointments with Federation Centres reflect Benoy’s reputation in the international retail sector and what we, as a design firm, can bring to the Australian market,” said Tom Cartledge, Global Commercial Director at Benoy.
Benoy has been appointed as the Design Consultant for the Galleria Shopping Centre redevelopment in Western Australia’s capital. Overall, Benoy’s appointment will see the centre repositioned as a state-of-the-art retail and leisure destination in a location close to the heart of Perth.
“At Benoy, we are working around the world with our clients as they invest in renewing their assets as an alternative to building new. To the benefit of the schemes we are working on in Australia, we bring our international expertise and the insights we have gained from successfully repositioning developments across the UK, the UAE, Europe and Asia,” said Jacqueline Beckingham, Benoy Director.
In Western Australia’s second largest city, Benoy will be working on the redevelopment and extension of Mandurah Forum. Leading the Interior Design Concept, and collaborating with local practice and project architect Hames Sharley, Benoy is delivering its design expertise to the malls and public areas.
The concept design draws inspiration from the geography of the surrounding Mandurah area and the relaxed coastal lifestyle; celebrating the city’s location with the seaside to the West and hills to the East. The concept will help to create a different character for each of the zones and provide a balanced retail experience for the development as a whole.
“Retail centres are becoming increasingly leisure orientated with an emphasis on Food and Beverage, fresh markets and spaces for ‘Pop-up’ and independent retailers; the new Mandurah Forum will accommodate these activities in an attractive and partially externalised environment”, said Robert Bishop, Benoy Director.
Elaborating on Benoy’s design approach, Jacqueline added, “As we help these centres reach their full potential, our goal is to make their visitors fall in love, or back in love, with them as destinations. From the small scale enhancements to the comprehensive overhauls, we look forward to delivering these reinvigorated retail environments in Australia to delight and surprise the catchments of these two developments.”
Working within an open network of global studios, the Benoy Teams undertaking the projects in Australia are located in the firm’s London and Newark Studios. The design teams are supported by Benoy’s on-the-ground presence in Melbourne which was established in July this year following interest from within the country.