Highett Road Shopping Centre and Apartments was completed in May 2013, and represents an excellent example of an urban infill development that enhances its suburban context. This multi-award winning mixed use development comprises a Woolworths supermarket and 17 specialty retailers at ground level, with 130 residential dwellings above.
Located within the Highett Road shopping strip and opposite the Highett train station in the City of Bayside, Victoria, the development has brought renewed vitality to the previously declining retail strip. Established in the 1950s at a time of substantial residential growth, the shopping strip had since entered a period of decline due to the move away from the general store and local grocers toward large food retailers.
The majority of the specialty retail tenancies in the Highett Road Shopping Centre and Apartments Development are positioned along the street front facing Highett Road, with the full line Woolworths store accessed via an internal mall. This maintains and integrates with the existing urban fabric of individual shopfronts. A deep setback to the residential component above was utilised to reduce the appearance of bulk and to maintain the surrounding suburban scale whilst simultaneously addressing concerns regarding overlooking for surrounding residential properties.
This development has brought new life to this prominent site, providing a welcoming and accessible retail hub for the local community, creating a vibrant and socially activated mall and streetscape, reinvigorating local commercial opportunities, and introducing a range of 8 star energy efficient high density residential options in close proximity to public transport and infrastructure.