Northwest Shopping Centre

Client: Stride Property
Timeframe: Opened October 2015
Total value: Approximately $155m

Components: Development consisting of an enclosed shopping centre of approximately 34,000m² with 100 speciality retail stores and 12 office tenancies

Project description:

Opened in October 2015, NorthWest Shopping Centre is the region’s largest go-to shopping destination. Created in a cylinder shape, this internal mega mall consists of approximately 100 speciality retail stores and 12 office tenancies. As well as the specialty retail NorthWest also offers one of New Zealand's largest Farmers stores (8000m2), as well as a Countdown (4200m2), and a contemporary food court within a net rentable area of over 27,000m2.

More than 763,000 subcontractor hours were required to build the centre over nearly two years. Ground works involved 26,000 m3 of excavated materials, 5000m3 of landfill, 3714 truckloads of excavated materials and 7kms of site drainage.

NorthWest’s architectural design features include landscaped spaces reflecting the west’s natural environment and surroundings, particularly dappled light in flooring and finishes. Examples include wall and floor tiles which depict black washed up sand, concrete rendered walls and natural timbers on the centre's ceiling. The mall opens onto a new shared public space with a town square and main street, which will be flanked by a second stage of development which is currently in progress called NorthWest Two.

NorthWest is located next to the North-Western and Upper Harbour motorways and other major arterial routes. Its location positions the centre to service areas from the north (Albany, Waimauku and Helensville) to the south west of the centre.

The centre was developed by owner NZX-listed Stride Property Ltd (recently renamed from DNZ Property Fund), who will continue to manage the centre.

Winner: New Zealand Commercial Project Awards 2016 - Gold

Winner: New Zealand Property Council Awards 2016 - Merit - RCG Retail Property Category

Our role

The Xigo team led by Project Director Andy Mallard and including Andrew McDonald, Kallam Brown and Brian Wrench, provided full project management services for the development throughout the project on behalf of client Stride, including management of fitout of major tenants.

Main challenges

The biggest challenge for the project was the aggressive timeline for delivery compounded by the huge number of contractors on site simultaneously as well as the shopping mall development being constructed within the overall Westgate development that was still under construction.

Other challenges included:-

  • Liaising and management of the relationship of contractors and principals working on adjacent sites – who had similar deadlines
  • Management of extensive value management exercise
  • Alternative consenting strategy to ensure design is not holding up works on site
  • Complicated design elements that needed to be flexible to suit the retail environment
  • Connection of utilities to the site that was made more difficult by the adjacent development/roads still being under construction