PACIFIC Fair Shopping Centre commenced its transformation into a world-class shopping destination in January this year and once complete, will be one of the largest shopping centre’s in Queensland and one of the top six in Australia.
Construction works are progressing to schedule, with demolition of the old western car park and internal demolition through the north east corner of the Arcade now complete.
More than 25,000 tonnes of concrete, steel and debris – equivalent to the weight of 12,500 elephants – has been cleared from the site.
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Around 1,900 tonnes of structural steel will be erected over 1,778,000 man hours – enough steel to build 100 Boeing 747s.
The new development will include a new Woolworths, a relocated full-line Coles supermarket (which will anchor the new fresh food marketplace), David Jones, Big W, a new and relocated Target, around 100 new specialty stores and 1,300 additional parking spaces.
The centre will be completely integrated with a new two-level mall connecting the new and existing sections, adding around 50,000 square metres of retail space.
On completion, Pacific Fair will be in excess of 150,000 square metres and have more than 420 shops, restaurants and entertainment destinations under one roof.
It’s expected the project will boost the Gold Coast economy by creating around 1,115 construction jobs and 1,540 new retail jobs once finished.
Pacific Fair’s Project Director Ian Spackman said the development will create a truly exceptional luxury shopping and leisure experience that will attract residents as well as international and domestic tourists.
“The Gold Coast is Australia’s number one tourism destination with more than 11.5 million visitors each year, so attracting tourists is a key focus for the centre.
“Pacific Fair will be a Gold Coast ‘must-visit’, with a five-star resort ambience and a unique indoor/outdoor environment reflecting the Queensland lifestyle.
“While this will appeal to tourists, it will also provide residents with a truly exceptional local destination for shopping, dining, leisure and entertainment,” Mr Spackman said.
Customers will soon notice the construction site entry off Sunshine Boulevard close for a short period while service modifications occur in the area. A temporary construction gate will be created opposite the service station entry off Sunshine Boulevard to the western car park.
AMP Capital has appointed Westfield Design and Construction to build the development, with an expected completion date of late 2016.