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Perth shopping centre’s $80m mega-mall facelift is off with a bang

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A long-delayed $80 million redevelopment to transform Kardinya Park shopping centre into a major commercial, community and residential hub has awarded a $45 million construction contract for the bulk of the works, starting this week.

Kardinya Park’s biggest offerings for three decades have been a Coles and a Kmart, both now of equal tiredness, but the proposal reimagines it as a major new town centre south of the river, complete with cinema, 12-storey apartment block, public plaza and dining precinct, 50 per cent more retail space, huge multi-level car park and healthcare tenancies.

Kardinya Park Shopping Centre Redevelopment renders 2024.

The developer has awarded a $44.5 million construction contract to Focus Building Company – which was responsible for redeveloping the Coles in Angelo Street, South Perth and building Yanchep Village shopping centre – to complete stage two of works at the prominent site on the corner of South Street and North Lake Road.

A second $2 million contract for the civil works and construction of a new signalised entry to the centre was awarded to Dowsing Group.

Stage two includes the expansion of Coles by 60 per cent to 3800 square metres; construction of a “wellness precinct” with a GP, medical consulting rooms and cafe; a new 550-bay multi-level car park with 360 undercover bays; and a new fresh food market with new retailers Kardinya Quality Meats, 5 Seasons Fresh and Kyoto Garden.

Surrounding the centre access, which is currently limited and unfriendly to walkers, will improve, with a new signalised intersection for safe entry and exit off South Street, a relocated bus stop and improved pedestrian access from South Street and North Lake Road.

The Coles expansion, fresh food precinct and ground floor car park are scheduled for completion in October 2025 and the rest of stage two by January 2026.

“We are committed to minimising disruption to visitors and the local community,” said asset manager Steve Cuzens.

“The new Kardinya Park Shopping Centre development marks the beginning of a transformation of the traditional suburban shopping centre experience into a vibrant town centre.”

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