$500m spruce up of Westfield Booragoon could elevate it to WA’s second biggest shopping centre

27 November 2021

New plans for a $500 million redevelopment of Westfield Booragoon are under consideration, in a landmark upgrade that could see the local shopping centre become the second biggest in WA.

Property consultancy Urbis has lodged plans with the State Development Assessment Unit on behalf of the centre owners, Scentre Group, that would see the footprint of the shopping centre grown from 72,000sqm to 109,375sqm.

If approved by the WA Planning Commission, construction would be completed in two stages with Stage 1 expected to start in late 2022. The scheduled completion date would be 2024.

Under the proposal, the existing food court, fresh food precinct, Woolworths supermarket and Australia Post would be demolished, along with the central loading dock and open-air ground level car parking on Almondbury Road and Marmion Street.

Stage one of the extensive revamp would include an entertainment and leisure precinct with an expanded Hoyts cinema complex, food and beverage tenancies and a tavern linking a new high street and the City of Melville’s administration building.

It would include a new boutique supermarket, expanded Woolworths and an “internal food laneway”. New rooftop and basement carparking would also be built off Almondbury Road.

Under the second stage, there would be a renovated fashion precinct, revamped David Jones department store, southern mall extension, specialty stories and parking off Marmion Street.

“This project will be transformational for the Melville City Centre – aiming to build on its desirable context and existing success,” the Urbis application to the SDAU says.

“Scentre Group has tailored a design which seeks to respond to retail trends; namely the creation of experiences beyond traditional shopping.

“These experiences include family entertainment and dining, technology hubs and new food and beverage offerings. These experiences combined with the civic focus associated with the City of Melville administration office and council functions provide a recipe for an exciting and contemporary activity centre.”

The development comes nine years after the previous owners, AMP Capital, announced plans for a $750 million upgrade to the centre, formerly known as Garden City, which would have made it the largest shopping centre in the state.

But despite approval by the WA Planning Commission in 2015, the redevelopment did not go ahead.

The SDAU was set up in 2020 as part of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage as a fast-track planning mechanism in response to the COVID pandemic. It considers projects of “state significance” and developments valued over $20 million to support economic recovery.

Public submissions about the Westfield Booragoon proposal can be made to the State Development Assessment Unit by December 16.

Want more information? Plans for the development can be viewed here:

consultation.dplh.wa.gov.au/reform-design-state-assessment/shopping-centre-expansion-booragoon/

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