The $50 million transformation of Brisbane’s iconic Toowong Village is now complete. Award-winning retail architects The Buchan Group led the design, while major Australian firm, Built Queensland, completed the construction, which began in February 2014.
All three shopping levels of the 46,000sqm property have been completely refurbished. The redesigned centre includes revamped interiors, a simplified mall layout, new amenities and directional parking system. It also features a refurbished food court, as well as a new alfresco dining precinct called High St Eat, situated along the front of the shopping village where High St meets Sherwood Road.
Built Queensland were recently awarded by the Queensland Master Builders Association for their work on the $50 million Toowong project, and have now been nominated for the state awards to be announced later this year. Toowong Village is also a finalist in the Property Council Queensland Awards for the categories of ‘Design’ and ‘Presentation’, with winners to be announced in September this year.
Managing Director of Retail First Pty Ltd, Mr Steven Bridges says, “The redevelopment has been a testament to retail innovation and design, showcasing a sophisticated shopping environment whilst still maintaining the distinctive Village feel. We are very happy with the new centre and its reinvigorated retail offer…the transformation meets the market demand, and shoppers are reconnecting with Toowong Village.”
The new High St Eat is home to a number of popular restaurants including GYG, Grill’d, Tibetan Kitchen, San Churro, Stellarossa, Gerbino’s, Crazy Cook and Sizzler.
The Village’s three major retailers, David Jones, Coles and Kmart, have been fully refurbished with the latest store layouts. David Jones has also introduced premium brands such as Country Road, Seed and Witchery into the women’s and children’s wear departments.
The revamped centre also welcomes a number of new retailers being a combination of smaller boutiques and nationals, including Blue Illusion, Oska Concept, Studio for Men, Wittner, Botanical Grace, Specsavers, Bed Bath N table, Chatterbox, FantAsia, Jamaica Blue, and Mr Curry to name a few.
“The new retail tenancy mix at Toowong Village has been tailored to meet the needs and wants of the inner city west Brisbane resident – quality food, a selected fashion offer, services, and meeting spaces. A handful of retail opportunities are still available to be part of this exciting village precinct,” Mr Bridges said.
Since 1986 Toowong Village has been an icon of the Brisbane city skyline. Owned by YFG Shopping Centres and managed by Retail First Pty Ltd, the now complete Toowong Village will continue to be a village style shopping precinct, committed to providing customers with a sophisticated shopping experience.