Boasting a David Jones, Mecca Maxima and a two-level H&M, the redevelopment of Stockland Green Hills was a major upgrade for the East Maitland community – providing offerings locals previously had to travel to Newcastle for.
Now, the precinct has been awarded ‘Best Shopping Centre Development’ at the Property Council of Australia’s 2020 Innovation and Excellence Awards.
Over a 27-month build, the $421 million upgrade of Green Hills more than doubled the size of the centre, transforming the retail offering into a fashion, dining, entertainment and beauty oasis to rival any leading metro-shopping centre in Australia.
Centre Manager at Stockland Green Hills Jodie Bouffler said the team was proud to take out the award.
“Stockland Green Hills has been transformed from a well-performing centre into a premier retail precinct that reflects and celebrates the identity of the Hunter Valley through enhanced architectural design and an improved retail, casual dining and entertainment mix,” she said.
“We also incorporated a number of innovative green principles into the redevelopment, including a $2.8 million 1.863 megawatt solar system, free electric vehicle charging facilities, and energy efficient lighting and air-conditioning systems.
“There are also a number of important community facilities such as multiple parents rooms, an adult change room, two inclusive playgrounds designed in collaboration with the Touched By Olivia Foundation, as well as a designated Quiet Room designed to create a safe place for parents, carers and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”
The project also generated more than 2,500 new jobs for the Hunter Region during construction, and continues to provide jobs in retail, customer service, operations and hospitality.