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Laneway Dining Precinct & Refurbishments – Sunnybank Plaza Shopping Centre


A development application has been lodged for Refurbishments and Extensions to the existing Shopping Centre, located at 358 Mains Road, Sunnybank.

Designed by Buchan Architects, the proposal seeks refurbishments to provide a contemporary upgrade to the existing shopping centre façade, enhancement entrances, streetscape amenity, new defined laneway dining precinct and upgrades to the internal mall areas.

Development Details
– Demolition of external and internal existing shopping centre elements
– Expansion of the Golden Lane restaurant tenancy
– Upgrades to dining area adjacent to Canna Street
– Feature laneway dining precinct
– Improvements to pedestrian movement
– Improved internal vehicle circulation
– Internal refurbishments to the existing mall areas and amenities
– External façade upgrades
– Three new entry statements (Canna Street, Mains Road and Commonwealth Bank entries)
– Relocation of Kiosk 16 and 17 within the mall area

The existing tenancy (no. 132) and 11 existing parking spaces will be removed to facilitate the improved functionality and amenity of the proposed laneway dining precinct. The proposed building extensions does not propose to impact on the surrounding residential amenity and contained entirely within the existing building footprint The upgrades and refurbishments are proposed to be delivered over two separate stages.

Stage 1 – Golden Lane proposed expansion
– 133sqm expansion to the existing Golden Lane tenancy
– Extension of the corner of the tenancy
– Removal of five car parking bays
– Architectural curved design for the extension
– Building form will integrate with the existing façade
– New glazed shop front façade supporting a quality interface with the streetscape.

Stage 2 – New Laneway dining precinct and refurbishments.
– Existing dining area transformed into feature laneway dining precinct
– Upgraded covered alfresco dining for the adjacent tenancies
– Refurbished covered pedestrian mall through the precinct
– Upgraded landscaping areas in around the precinct
– Refurbished façade including new façade screen/entry feature
– Subtropical outdoor space design
– Lightweight materials, screen elements, eaves and awnings
– Improvements to adjacent internal vehicle and pedestrian circulation.

The parking and services cross the site will remain unchanged, with the works including improvements to the existing vehicle and pedestrian circulation adjacent to the new laneway dining precinct. Furthermore, the upgrades and refurbishments will remove 16 existing on-site car parking spaces and retain 1,810 car parks across the shopping centre.

The planners at Town Planning Alliance state the proposal will provide, “The proposed architectural design by The Buchan Group will deliver a contemporary upgrade to the existing shopping centre façade and key entry statements. The proposed design will enhance the amenity of the shopping centre to the streetscape whilst creating a high quality user experience through the redefined laneway dining precinct and upgrades to the internal mall areas and amenities”.

The proposal includes an increase of 145sqm of gross floor area (GFA), with 42,267sqm (62%) of site cover over the existing Shopping Centre on the 77,850sqm site.

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The Application Information and References
– Date Lodged: 23 July 2019
– Council Reference: A005246399
– Address: 358 Mains Road, Sunnybank
– Zone: District Centre
– Neighbourhood Plan: None
– Application Report: Town Planning Alliance
– Design Drawings: Buchan Architects
– Interactive Image: Google Aerial and Streetview

Source: Information, Drawings and Images
All article information is sourced and available for review from BCC pdonline or other referenced locations.


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