Client: Nikias Diamond Property Developments
The Nikias family has a long association with the Giralang Shops having originally purchased the land and developed the shopping centre in 1976 when there were only 50 families living in the area. They owned and managed the Centre for nearly 30 years before it closed its doors in 2004 in the wake of increased competition. Having explored options to redevelop the site as a residential development, the Nikias Family elected to respond to the aspirations of the Giralang Community to rebuild a new, larger and more viable shopping centre. In saying that it has been a long road for the Nikias Family with a vexed approvals process, and constant commercially motivated objections hampering progress on the project. Nevertheless the DA was ultimately approved after 6 years and the decision upheld by the ACT Supreme Court in 2013 with construction anticipated to commence in 2015.
The design concept seeks to reestablish a vibrant local centre hub for Giralang accommodating a large supermarket operator as an anchor tenant with their specific fitout and servicing requirements while at the same time making provision for a number of smaller retail outlets in an attractive and distinctive new two-storey integrated building. The extensive curvilinear shop front responds to the shape of the site while benefiting from excellent northern solar access. A perimeter awning structure provides weather protection while adding character to the building with its rhythm of timber clad columns and prominent signage.