With the level of infrastructure development growing on the Sunshine Coast at an astonishing rate, news of the $400 million expansion of the Sunshine Plaza have been released. Project Developer Lend Lease have released concepts of how its new expansion of the Sunshine Plaza will look and its pretty impressive to say the least.
The major focus of the development if on the new Cornmeal Promenade which will be transformed into a gorgeous outdoor waterfront dining and leisure area. Located on the north-west side of the existing centre, it will provide customers a range of restaurants, social and outdoor leisure area along a connected pedestrian pathway.
The new outdoor leisure areas will be connected by a pedestrian bridge which is to be built across Cornmeal Creek, linking to the Woolworths Plaza Parade precinct it will help to ease customer access around the centre.
Global architecture, planning and design firm Callison RTKL, lead the creative design process for the centre expansion including the Cornmeal Promenade precinct.
The redevelopment will provide 24 hour access to the public boardwalk which connects to the existing pedestrian network through to the Maroochydore CBD and the coast beyond. Construction works are progressing nicely and activity underway in the western car park and along Cornmeal Creek.
Sunshine Plaza Centre Manager Michael Manwaring said he was excited to share the latest artist impressions of the redevelopment with the local community.
Mr Manwaring said 200 construction personnel are on site daily through the current phase of construction to deliver the new Kmart multi-level car park, additional two-level Myer rooftop parking, and a new Myer loading dock by late 2017.
“The Sunshine Plaza is a unique retail destination set over a natural waterway capturing what we love about the region and what we are famous for on the Coast.
“Our intent with the redevelopment has always been to further build on this special guest experience already available at our Riverwalk entertainment and dining precinct,” he said.
A new feature will be a “promenade lawn” offering a family-friendly area in front of the restaurant and creek.
“It will be a large area, with bocce courts, outdoor chess and free activities for families,”
This is a pretty amazing opportunity for the Sunshine Coast, with yet another incredible development to boost the rapidly growing economy even further.