Weekly development update

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Weekly development update

Check back each Wednesday to see what's been happening on the construction site and in centre.

17 October update

Grand opening

Join us tomorrow at 9am for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of our new fashion and lifestyle precinct. Hosted by Natasha Beyersdorf on Level 2 near H&M.

It’s been 12 months in the making and will open to the public tomorrow.

The new precinct will cater to the Hunter’s youth and young adult audience and will feature a diverse mix of new and existing retailers, including newly announced SK Menswear, Espresso Warriors, W Hair Bar and YD.

Other retailers opening in the new precinct on Thursday include: Connor, EB Games, Tree of Life, JB Hi Fi, Universal Store, Hype DC, Surf Dive n Ski, Carla Swimwear, Johnny Bigg, Jeanswest, Platypus, Mr & Mrs Jones, Angus & Coote and more.

The new precinct stretches from the site of the new H&M and back around to the Concierge Desk.

Find out more about the centre’s four-day event celebrations here.

New stores opening include:

JB Hi-Fi, Surf Dive n Ski, Helloworld, Carla Swimwear, Billini, Platypus, SK Menswear, Johnny Bigg, Parrey Skate pop up, Universal Store, Mr & Mrs Jones, EB Games with Zing Pop, W Hair Bar, Industrie, YD, Espresso Warriors, Sekka Cafe, Mobile Experts, Jeanswest, Australian Geographic, Sterling Silver Castle, Spendless Shoes, Connor, Professionail, Results Laser Clinic, SkinKandy, Tree of Life, Prouds The Jewellers, Angus & Coote, Ed Harry

PLUS opening soon
Kmart , Zara, Skechers, Eyes Optical, Fast Fuel, The Academy Brand, Gorman, Rockwear, Cold Rock Icecreamery, and more...

Walk the new precinct

Join our Community Liaison Officer for a tour of centre's first stage launch, after the official opening.

The tours will take place on Friday 19 October and Saturday 20 September at 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:30am.

Meet on Level 2 near David Jones and Mimco to start this 20-minute tour. Places are limited. It's expected that attendees are able to walk unaided.

Reserve your place here(https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/walk-the-new-westfield-kotara ¬)

10 October update

Discovery starts now

Celebrate the new fashion and lifestyle stores opening Thursday 18 October with four days of exclusive events and offers.

Join the fun when celebrations kick off at 9am near H&M with a ribbon cutting hosted by Natasha Beyersdorf. Enjoy giveways, sweet treats, roaming characters, live music and more.

The new precinct will be the home of 30 fashion and lifestyle stores and is on the Northcott Drive side of the building. It stretches from the site of the new H&M and back around to the Concierge Desk.

Find out more about the four-day opening celebration here.

H&M now open

Last Thursday, H&M opened its store at the entry to the new precinct.

Check out all the action from H&M’s launch on our Facebook page here.

The video also features L’Occitane, SHEIKE and Endota Spa’s stunning new stores that have relocated and opened recently.

View H&M new store here.
View Sheike’s new store here.
View L’Occitane new store here.

Stores on the move

A number of retailers in the centre will move from their existing locations and trade from the new section when it opens on Thursday 18 October.

Some of these retailers include: JB Hi-Fi, Surf Dive n Ski, Spendless Shoes, Connor, Australian Geographic, Prouds The Jewellers, Sterling Silver Castle, Jeanswest, Angus & Coote, SkinKandy, Tree of Life, and ProfessioNAIL.

New retailers will take up position in these retailers’ former stores over the coming months including brands such as The Academy Brand and Rockwear.

Find out more here.

PARK + launches next week

To coincide with the launch of the new mall our smarter parking experience begins on Thursday 18 October.

The new system is known as PARK + and utilises licence plate recognition technology and will record the time of entry upon your arrival.

Those visiting for three hours or less will receive free parking and be able to drive straight out with the boom gate opening automatically.

If your visit is longer than 3 hours, the amount will be directly debited to the card provided.

Register for PARK + here.

You can add two cars to each PARK + account.

For those with a disability permit, visit the Concierge Desk on Level 2 or call 4016 2570 to ensure your mobility discount applies to your PARK + account.

3 October update

H&M opens tomorrow

H&M opens on Thursday 4 October at 10am. Join the celebrations on opening day with exclusive opening offers and an in store DJ.

The international fashion retailer is known for fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way.

H&M will be located on Level 2 near David Jones at the entry to the new mall. The highly anticipated store will offer apparel, underwear and accessories for Men, Women, Kids and Baby.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to watch the opening as it unfolds.

Newcastle icons

As development progresses, you’ll see existing stores move within the centre.

Local designer and illustrator Inga Campbell of Inkling Design has created a beautiful artwork for a hoarding in the carpeted mall near Tigerlily. It features iconic Newcastle building, Customs House.

Stay tuned for store movements and announcements closer to launch time.

Fun for the kids

The children’s play area on Level 2 near Target will be having a makeover.

Feedback on how the area could be improved is welcome from the local community. You can share your views in an online survey.

Click here to complete the survey.

If you have further questions, please contact Westfield Kotara’s Community Liaison Officer, Alana Dagwell on adagwell@scentregroup.com

26 September update

Sustainability in the centre

As part of Westfield Kotara’s commitment to sustainability, the new centre will include 4,122 solar panels, with 730 of those dedicated to creating a shade canopy on the Level 3 carpark.

The canopy alone will produce roughly enough energy to power approximately 3701 homes or over 250,0002 light bulbs for a year.

References: 1. Average consumption of household based on Ausgrid data of 15.7KWh/day 2. Based on 20W light bulbs

New specialty stores taking shape

Westfield Kotara’s new Level 2 mall will be home to more than 30 specialty retailers, which are set to open in mid-October.

The structure of the mall is complete and now those retailers’ shop-fitters are all busily working away behind the scenes to have their stores ready.

News stores opening in the new mall from mid October include JB Hi-Fi, Surf Dive n Ski, Carla Swimwear, Playtypus, Universal Store, Johnny Bigg, Skechers and more.

Marking time

Thank you to everyone who sent in suggestions for inclusion in the time capsule, which will be buried in the centre in November.

It was hard to choose only five winners from all the great suggestions received. The winners were chosen because their ideas were either quite unique, representative of 2018 or something that’s unlikely to be used in 2038 when the time capsule will be dug up.

Congratulations to:
• David Gleeson who was the first, but one of many, to suggest the craze of 2018: Coles Mini Collectables.
• Caroll Callen who suggested a credit card because there will most likely be other ways to pay in 2038.
• Amit Wadhwani who came up with the idea of postage stamps.
• Anthony Parker who noted that Australia is a nation of coffee drinkers and suggested a coffee pod be included.
• Vanessa Small who said a souvenir of the event of the year, the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, was worth an inclusion.

19 September update

Improving your parking experience

Over the coming weeks, Westfield Kotara will be improving your parking experience by introducing licence plate recognition technology.

This means there will be no paper tickets for a faster, easier entry and exit, to get you out of the car and into the centre to do what you came for. The PARK+ parking experience will be operational from Thursday 18 October.

Customers can pre-register now online here: https://account.westfield.com.au/register and find out about PARK+ here

Carpark access upgrades on Park Avenue

As part of the car park improvements being made at Westfield Kotara, works are currently underway on the Park Avenue side of the centre, with some lanes into the carpark being reconfigured to allow for PARK+ works.

Carpark team members will be in place through until Saturday to help guide customers who enter via Park Avenue.

Lotus Express on the move

Customers who frequent the centre’s carpeted mall on Level 2 will notice long-standing café Lotus Express is set to move just a short distance up the mall.

Lotus Express will continue to trade from its existing location while work is underway at their new location outside Tigerlily.

Check back next month for more progress shots on the new look café and its unique design.

12 September update

New leisure space

Customers who have been coming to the centre for many years will remember the suspended platform on Level 2 was part of Café Bon Oz.

In this current development, this area will transform and become a new leisure space.

It will be filled with comfy couches where customers can take some time out and recharge.

Local digital nomads will also enjoy the space because it will be filled with plenty of power points to charge phones, laptops and other devices.

This space will be in front of H&M, which is at the entry to the new mall.

A splash of colour

Behind the walls of the new mall, there are not only tradespeople working but artists too.

Over the weekend, Sydney artist Scott Marsh splashed his distinct graffiti style over the walls of what will become the new mall.

Customers will be able to see Scott’s work in full near the travellators in the new mall, when it opens in mid-October.

To see more of Scott’s work, visit Scott's website here.

Time’s ticking

Thank you to those who have contributed suggestions for the centre’s time capsule, which will be buried in the centre in late November and opened in 20 years’ time.

There’s space for a few small items to add.

So far, suggestions include disposable items such as coffee cups and plastic bags, which will hopefully no longer be relied upon in 2038.

Thank you to local high school, St Pius X at Adamstown for sending in an aerial shot of their school plus their school newsletter.

Email kotaramarketing@scentregroup.com with your name and suggestion of an item that’s reflective of 2018.

The top five answers will each receive a prize pack that includes a double VMAX movie pass to Event Cinemas Kotara.

Entries close Wednesday 19 September at midnight.

Barber Industries now open

Barber Industries is now open on Level 2 next to Concierge.

Get 25% off all hair products when you have a haircut within the first two months of Barber Industries Kotara opening.

Find out more here.

5 September update

New men’s barber set to open

Barber Industries will open Saturday 8 September on Level 2 near the Concierge Desk.

This new store is part of the current development and is located just outside the new mall, which will open from mid-October.

Find out more about Barber Industries opening offer here.

New Level 2 amenities now open

The new amenities are now open at the southern end of the centre near David Jones.

The amenities include men’s and women’s toilets, a parents’ room and a toilet for people with a disability that features an adult change table.

Access to the amenities for those with a disability is via Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK), which can be obtained by visiting the Level 2 Concierge Desk or calling (02) 4016 2571.

Fresh new look for Financial Alley

Over the next week, new look pavers are being laid on Level 1 outside ANZ Bank through to The Cheesecake shop as part of the centre upgrades. All stores will be trading as normal during this time and signage will be in place to guide pedestrians to alternate entry points for each store while works are underway.

29 August update

New store announcement

A first to market Zara, Gorman, Billini and The Academy Brand will open as part of the existing centre’s premium fashion remix in late 2018. New stores due to open from mid October include H&M, Kmart, JB Hi-Fi, Platypus, Skechers, Johnny Bigg, Hype DC, Universal Store, Carla Swimwear, Surf Dive n Ski, Barber Industries, Mr & Mrs Jones, The Athlete’s Foot, Angus & Coote, Jeanswest and more. Westfield Kotara will be the only centre between Sydney and the Gold Coast where customers can shop Zara and H&M, Kmart and a three-level full line David Jones, all in the one location.

With a focus on lifestyle and entertainment, the centre will have plenty on offer for the young and young at heart, with Level 2 also welcoming Parrey Skate, a well known Novocastrian operator, who plan on featuring a half-pipe within their store. The thrill will also continue up on Level 3 with a first to New South Wales EMF Fitness Centre and a Cold Rock Ice Creamery.

Louie the Lifter has left the building

Our big crane, affectionately known as Louie the Lifter, left the development site over the weekend.

Check out this time-lapse clip, which shows that grey skies and a bit of drizzle didn’t stop the dismantling and removal of Louie.

This weekend, it’s time for Kim Kranedashian to be dismantled.

The two cranes are no longer required as the new structure is nearly complete.

Local kids farewell Louie

A few children turned out to farewell Louie on Sunday. The team had a visit from one local boy named Archie who loves all things trucks and construction. Archie has been a keen observer of the progress of our development over the past few months.
Thanks for stopping by Archie.

Marking time – fill the time capsule

To mark the opening of the development and the year 2018, we will be placing a time capsule in the centre, which will be opened in 20 years’ time in 2038.

The capsule is filling up quickly. We have included design plans, photos of the centre’s evolution, receipts from our retailers, a parking ticket and also an old iPhone.

We want to hear from the local community on what else we should include in the time capsule. We have space for five more small items.

Simply email kotaramarketing@scentregroup.com with your name and suggestion of an item that’s reflective of 2018. Entries close Wed 19 Sept at midnight.

The top five answers will each receive a prize pack that includes a double VMAX movie pass to Event Cinemas Kotara.

22 August update

Farewell Kim and Louie

The time has come to farewell cranes Louie the Lifter and Kim Kranedashian, which were named by the local community.

Their heavy-lifting, multi-tasking services are no longer required as the new structure is nearly complete.

Louie will be dismantled and taken down on Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 August. Over the two days, the lane closest to the centre on Northcott Drive will be closed. This means that the Northcott Drive/Cynthia Street carpark entry and exit will be closed. A traffic guidance system will be in place to assist drivers.

Kim will be farewelled the following weekend.

Development team spotlight

Declan O’Brien
Role: Structural and Civil Engineer

Declan’s role in Kotara’s development is to provide engineering technical guidance to the site team and contractors.

He liaises with both the design and site teams to ensure all work is completed safely and productively.

Declan hails from Ireland and has been with Scentre Group Design and Construction for five years.

The challenging parts of Declan’s role include managing the complexity of such a large build and merging the old and new structures in the centre.

Declan says he enjoys seeing what once were drawings come to life as the build progresses.

The last of the concrete pours

As the development nears completion, there are only two final concrete pours, which will finish the structure of The Rooftop extension on Level 3.

Through the development, the construction team have poured over 24,000 cubic metres of concrete over an area of 16,000 square metres.

15 August update

Colour our cranes

Entries close soon to our crane colouring competition.

Kids can go in the draw to win one of four prize packs, which includes a double VMAX movie pass to Event Cinemas Kotara and a $25 Westfield Gift Card.

Download and print your colouring-in sheet here or pick up a copy at our Concierge desk today. Parents/guardians hand in the completed masterpiece by 4pm Sunday 26 August and fill in the entry form so your child is in the draw. Winners will be announced on Monday 27 August.

Let the sun shine in

A major feature of the new Level 2 mall is a skylight, which bathes half of the mall in sunlight.

The glass for the skylight recently arrived and installation will be starting this week.

Once fit-out of the skylight is complete, the mall will be protected from the elements and development of the internal structure for the new stores will begin.

Behind-the-scenes tour

Local networking group Gen Collective are hosting their next event at Criniti’s on The Rooftop for breakfast followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of our development.

The group will tour the new Level 2 mall, which will be home to 30 new fashion and lifestyle retailers including Kmart, JB Hi-Fi and more, then view the Level 3 extension of The Rooftop.

Book your place to the event on Friday 31 August here.

New Level 2 amenities opening soon

New amenities will open in the southern end of the centre near David Jones on Level 2 soon. They are accessible via the corridor to the lift.

The amenities will include men’s and women’s toilets, a parents’ room and a disabled toilet with an adult change table.

Over 100 car spaces coming soon

More car spaces are on their way with work beginning to extend the Level 1M carpark.

This carpark sits at the mid-point on the travellators above Coles.

The new spaces will open late 2018.

8 August update

Zara opening soon

Newcastle’s first Zara is coming to Westfield Kotara. Zara will be located in the carpet section on Level 2, next to Pandora.

Sign up to the Westfield Kotara email newsletter to be the first to know about any updates. Sign up here.

It’s almost time to say goodbye to our cranes

Our cranes ‘Louie the Lifter’ and ‘Kim Kranedashian’ are leaving us at the end of August. Affectionately named by the community they will be missed on our skyline. Both cranes have been essential in the building of our new mall.

Crane fun facts

  • Louie the Lifter is 58m high and can lift up to a massive 24 tonnes!
  • Kim Kranedashian is 38m high and can lift up to 12 tonnes!

Between them they have lifted over 600 tonnes of structural steel to build our new mall.

We know many local children have enjoyed watching the cranes’ progress - scroll down to see the 'Colour our cranes' competition open until 26 August.

Sunrise photo by local photographer Benjamin Luke King.

Raise the roof!

An extension to The Rooftop, our dining and entertainment precinct forms part of this current development.

The steel frame for this extension was recently erected, which can be seen in the centre of the below photo, under the arm of the crane.

The new area will welcome a vibrant mix of retail brands suitable for the whole family, including entertainment and a new fitness offering.

We look forward to sharing more about what will be on offer on The Rooftop soon.

Hudson Park entry

The Hudson Park entry is currently closed for upgrade works and will reopen mid-August. Please use the Cynthia St entry off Northcott Drive during this time.

July time-lapse

July was a busy month for construction with the Level 3 structure taking shape, this structure forms part of The Rooftop extension.

Towards the end of the time-lapse, the roof sheets are added and the green bags in the background are full of insulation for the new roof.

Also in the background is the development of the concrete structure, which will form a new loading dock for our specialty retailers.

Click on the image to view the full clip.

1 August update

Colour our cranes

Enter our colouring in competition - local kids can go in the draw to win one of four prize packs. Each prize pack includes a double VMAX movie pass and a $25 Westfield Gift Card.

Download and print your colouring in sheet here or pick up a copy at our Concierge desk today. Parents/guardians hand in the completed masterpiece by 4pm Sunday 26 August and fill in the entry form and your child is in the draw. Winners will be announced on Monday 27 August.

Development team spotlight

Emily Matheson
Role: Construction Management Graduate

Emily recently studied a Bachelor of Construction Management and has been working with Westfield for two years. Emily’s official title is Construction Management Graduate and as part of our graduate program, gets the opportunity to move through a variety of construction roles. Local to Newcastle, she is happy to be back in her home town working on a significant local project.

Currently working in construction design management where she’s responsible for the coordination of consultants, subcontractors and engineers who come on site. She also reviews construction plans not only for the centre’s structure but also for individual retail store’s shop fit-outs.

Emily is most looking forward to seeing all of the team’s hard work come to fruition when the development opens later this year.

Level 3 waterproofing update

Waterproofing works are continuing on Level 3 outside David Jones. One half has been completed with the second section now well under way. This is expected to be completed by the end of August. During this time, there is additional signage in place to direct you to the Lexington Parade exit.

This area is on top of our new international retailer, Zara. Find out more about Zara here.

Car park guidance system update

From start to mid-August the car park guidance upgrade works will move to Levels 1 and 1M on the Northcott Drive side of our car park. Once this area is completed the works will continue up to Level 2 and 2M on the same side of the building.

Sections of car spaces will be cordoned off in stages as works are carried out to ensure customer safety. There will changes to traffic flow during this time with additional signage in place to direct traffic.

25 July update

Fun facts

As work continues ahead of our late 2018 launch, here are a few fun facts about our development:
• Our team are using 15 different excavators of varying sizes from 1.35 tonne to 45 tonnes!
• We have a 90-tonne piling rig which can drill 30 metres down through layers of rock.
• So far, more than 200 people have been working on site to build our new mall.
• Over 16,000 cubic metres of dirt has been removed from our construction site – that’s 600 truckloads of dirt!

Progress photos

Clear weather and beautiful blue skies mean work is progressing very quickly. Check out some construction photos taken last week to see how things are taking shape on our development.

Glass for this skylight in the new mall is currently on its way to Kotara with delivery expected early next month.

The new Level 2 skylight:

The new Level 2 mall taking shape:

The extension of Level 3 framework:

Level 3 framing:

Louie the Lifter and Kim Kranedashian enjoying the sun:

Level 1M temporary closure

Level 1M on the Northcott Drive side of the building is currently not accessible by lift – please exit the lift on Level 1 or Level 2 and use the travelators.

18 July update

More parking spaces now open

New car spaces are now open on Level 1 outside St George Bank. Access this area by entering via our Cynthia St entry gates which is off Northcott Drive.

There are now 20 disabled spaces available on Level 1 which includes six spaces which are now open in this area.

More parking spaces will open on Level 1 later in the year.

Level 2M temporary closure

Level 2M on the Northcott Drive side of the centre will be temporarily closed from mid-July through to October.

The pedestrian ramps between Level 2 and 2M are being demolished and replaced with a new set of travelators which will give centre access to three levels. For the safety of all customers there will be no parking on Level 2M during this time.

Customers are still able to drive through Level 2M to access the ramps to parking on Level 3.

Car park guidance upgrade

Over the coming weeks our parking contractor, Park Assist, will be upgrading the guidance system in our car park.

Sections of car spaces will be cordoned off in stages as works are carried out to ensure customer safety. There will changes to traffic flow during this time with additional signage in place to direct traffic.

From mid to end July the upgrade will affect Level 2 and 2M on the Lexington Parade side of the centre.

We will continue to keep everyone updated as the works make their way through the car park.

Touch a Truck photos

Kids loved dressing up in high vis vests and hard hats to climb on trucks used in our development last week. We had a forklift, mini crane, bobcat and excavator in centre for kids to inspect and have their photo taken with.

View all the photos here on our Facebook page.

11 July update

New car spaces opening

On Monday 16 July, we will be opening new car spaces on Level 1 carpark outside St George Bank, Audio Clinic and Newcastle Permanent.

To access these car spaces, enter via the Cynthia Street entrance which is off Northcott Drive.

Within the new area there are six new disabled parking spaces. On Level 1 we now have 20 disabled car spaces available; ten outside The Cheesecake Shop, six in the new area opposite Newcastle Permanent and four near the Woolworths entry doors.

The spaces are just some of the 500 undercover spaces, which will open on Level 1 once development is complete.

June snapshot

The rainy days in June didn’t slow down progress on construction as the 30 second time-lapse video below shows.

It was a busy month that included three large concrete pours for the extension of The Rooftop on Level 3.

Structural steel was also erected on Level 3 to create the frame of the new retail stores.

On the far right-hand side of the time lapse you can see the roof of the new mall on Level 2 starting to take shape. The new section on Level 2 will feature 30 fashion and lifestyle stores including a new Kmart and JB Hi-Fi.

Development team spotlight

Donna Wallace
Role: Tenancy Delivery Manager – Leasing & Retail Solutions

How long have you worked for Westfield?
12 years in August.

How many people do you work with on a day to day basis?
Anywhere between 10 – 50, sometimes face to face, other times on the phone or video link.

What is your favourite part of your job?
Watching our customers reaction when we open a new section of the centre, such as The Rooftop in 2015. The current development is the fourth project I have worked on at Westfield Kotara.

Recently a little girl came up to me with her Mum at the Level 2 Kids Play area (I was wearing my hard hat, boots & high vis vest) and she wanted to know if I worked for the Fire Brigade and if there was a Fire in the shopping centre. I told the little girl and her Mum that there wasn’t a fire and that I worked in the construction team; I was helping to build a bigger and better shopping centre, so at the end of the year, there would be more shops for them to shop in and buy things from, which will be nice for Christmas. The little girl’s mum then said ‘See, women can do anything, just like your Engineer book at home.’ They thanked me and went back to playing, after the little girl gave me a huge smile – this was very rewarding.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Juggling the needs of everyone that I call my customer - Leasing, Construction, Centre Management, Development, the Retailer, shopfitter, Support Office Senior Management.

What’s one of your highlights or successes you’re proud of at Westfield?
Our DNA of never give up, work together, push the limits, leave a positive legacy & act with integrity is always at the front of my mind which led me to win two awards after the delivery of The Rooftop in November 2015. In the last quarter of 2015 I was nominated for and then won a 6 Star Service Award as well as what is called the John O’Loughlin Award; this is the highest annual award in Leasing & Retail Solutions. I am immensely proud of these achievements.

What are you looking forward to as part of the development at Kotara?
Being a part of a new construction team, working with international retailers (a first for me), managing a diverse delivery team (another first), to see every retailer open after working through all the plans and of course to me, the most important part is seeing the gratitude on our customers faces at the launch.

Lexington entry works

From Monday 16 July, there will be upgrade works to the right hand entry and right hand exit lanes at Lexington Parade. These works may cause a short delay when entering and exiting the centre.

Extra signage will be in place as well as additional carpark team members on site on to assist with any congestion issues.

Please contact our concierge team if you have any questions on 4016 2571.

4 July update

Cynthia Street carpark entrance

The Cynthia St entry/exit gate are currently closed for essential works. This includes the installation of new lighting as well as a new speed hump upon exit to make it safer when leaving the centre. The entry/exit will reopen and be fully operational in time for the school holidays.

In late July, we will be opening new car spaces out the front of St George bank.

Touch a Truck

School holidays are just around the corner and we’re inviting kids to get up close to some of the trucks used in our development.

We’ll have helmets and hi-vis vests ready for the kids to dress up as construction workers. There will also be an opportunity to touch and sit on a mini excavator and mini bobcat.

Monday 9 – Friday 13 July
10am – 2pm
Level 1 outside David Jones

This is a free event, no bookings are required.

27 June update

Our cranes have names

Thank you to everyone who voted in our recent ‘Name Our Cranes’ competition on our Facebook page. We had over 1000 votes and are happy to announce the two winning names.

In a very close vote, our multi-tasking crane in pink now has a suitably clever new name, Kim Kranedashian.

The votes for our heavy-lifting crane dressed in green was overwhelmingly in favour of the very cute new name, Louie The Lifter.

Congratulations to Nicole and Nella who submitted these winning names. They have each won a $200 Westfield Gift Card.

We’ll keep you updated on the work of these two and when they will be departing as we move closer to our launch later this year.

Level 2 entry to the centre re-opens

Work has been taking place on Level 2 at the entry near Cotton On to accommodate the northern entry to the new mall. This entry will re-open on Thursday 28 June with full access to the car park and lift.

20 June update

Vote for your favourite crane name

We received hundreds of entries in our Name our Cranes competition - thank you to everyone who entered! We have shortlisted two names for each crane and now it’s over to the you to vote.

Tell us, should our multi-tasking pink crane be Kim Kranedashian or Cynthia? Is Hudson or Louie the lifter the perfect name for our heavy-lifting green crane?

Vote now in our Facebook poll here

Terms and conditions apply, competition is a game of skill, one entry per person. Entries close midnight Sunday 24 June 2018 and those who put forward the winning names of each crane will be notified on Monday 25 June 2018.

13 June update

Pour the floor

Take a look at a 'day in the life' of one of our hard-working concrete pumps. The time-lapse video below shows a day in May when a large section was being poured of what will become our new car park out the front of the ANZ through to St George Bank on level 1. The concrete pump completed this section in just eight hours of work.

In this space, we will have over 500 undercover car parking spaces. Above this car park will be the new home for Kmart, as well as 30 new fashion and lifestyle stores. The centre will expand out towards Northcott Drive.

We will continue to share more of our development’s progress with time-lapse videos over the coming months. We cannot wait for the new car park and stores to open late this year.

Development team spotlight

We will regularly be interviewing Westfield staff and contractors who are working on our development. First up is Tom, our Project Planner.

Name: Tom Jubb
Role: Project Planner for Scentre Group (owner and operator of Westfield Australia and New Zealand)

How long have you worked for Westfield?
Four years.

What do you do day to day?
I write, manage and report on the Construction Programme as well as coordinate and direct all the different trades on site.

What did you do to become a Project Planner?
I did a Construction Management Degree at Newcastle University and has 10 years' experience in the commercial construction industry around Sydney and Newcastle.

What is the most challenging part of your job?
Probably the coordination of technical and dangerous activities within a busy shopping centre, while also staying on track for our opening day late 2018.

What is one of your highlights or successes you are proud of at Westfield?
I also worked on The Rooftop development which was a lot of fun, the finished product is something I am so proud of. I enjoy using this area personally with my family and friends and like seeing the love it gets from the community.

What are you excited to see come to life at Kotara?
To see the new section completed late this year and walking it from end to end instead of looking at the plans.

endota spa’s new home

endota spa has relocated to Level 2 outside David Jones. Their new spa boasts nine beds and seven treatment rooms.

Call the team today to book your next facial, massage or relaxation treatment on (02) 4957 3450.

6 June update

Name our cranes

Our hard-working cranes have been a feature of the Kotara skyline for some time and before they leave us we’ve asked the local community to give them names.

The ‘Name our cranes’ competition kicked off last week and so far, we’ve received plenty of witty and wonderful entries.

There are also great prizes up for grabs. Find out more and enter here. Entries close midnight Sunday 17 June 2018.

New-look endota spa

Everyone’s favourite place for relaxation is on the move. Endota Spa will relocate within the centre to a new home on Level 2 outside David Jones.

The new, larger spa will open on Tuesday 12 June and will be able to cater to more clients with extra treatment rooms.

To celebrate, Endota Spa is offering an opening special – book a Surrender Spa Package for just $120, normally $155, for the first month of opening.

Please note,e Endota spa will also have a new phone number when it opens which will be (02) 4957 3450.

30 May update

Hard hat tours for our retailers

Last week we held tours of our development site for our current retailers to give them an understanding of how the centre will look when work is complete later this year.

Tom, our Construction Project Planner, guided the tour along Level 2 to the former Kmart site for a peek into what will be our new section which will house 30 new specialty stores.

We had a great response to our tours and retailers were particularly interested to see the inside of the new mall, which is on the Northcott Drive side of the centre.

Later in the year, we will be hosting hard hat tours to the public. Stay tuned for further information.

Carpark works outside David Jones on Level 3

If you enter the centre via Lexington Parade, you will notice some temporary changes to the carpark outside the David Jones customer entry.

The construction team is working to waterproof the carpark’s concrete slab to ensure it’s ready for one of our new international retailers, which will move in below this site on Level 2.

This Level 3 carpark is still open with drivers being directed to use the carpark in a one-way loop.

We anticipate that we will return the carpark to full use in August.

Find out more via the links below:

Car park update

Retailer update

Do you have a question?

Please do not hesitate to get in touch via email or phone - concierge.kotara@scentregroup.com or 02 4016 2571.

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