Sunday, April 14, 2024

Bay Central Woolooware making locals’ lives easier

Woolooware Bay residents and local shoppers are already embracing Australian developer Novm’s new Bay Central Woolooware shopping centre in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, which is now open to the public.

The centre is part of the fourth and final stage of the Novm and Capital Corporation’s billion-dollar project, Woolooware Bay Town Centre.

Novm CEO and Executive Director Adrian Liaw says thousands of shoppers have visited the newly opened Woolworths, ALDI and Dan Murphy’s, outlets in the dining precinct and several specialty stores in the 18,000sqm retail centre.

“We’ve been planning Bay Central Woolooware for many years and I’m proud to be celebrating the opening with Parkview, Savills Australia and all of our tenants. I appreciate how we worked together to get through the challenges we faced bringing Novm’s stunning vision to life,” Mr Liaw said.

The celebrations commenced on 7 February with the opening of Woolworths, ALDI and Dan Murphy’s and specialty stores, and continued throughout the week. The opening ceremony on 10 February featured speeches from the Mayor of Sutherland Shire Carmelo Pesce and Mr Liaw, with the ribbon cut by special guest, 91-year-old Woolooware Bay resident Elaine Garner, who had been watching the centre’s progress from her apartment window.

Bay Central Woolooware’s centre manager Heather Baard from Savills Australia says she can already see how the vibrant centre will quickly become an integral part of the community.

“Feedback from shoppers has been very positive, with many already coming back to visit our anchor tenants, food outlets, health and beauty shops and local artisans,” Ms Baard said.

“The centre will offer something for everyone, whether it’s a quick meal, the weekly shop, a present, pamper or a chance to recharge while overlooking the foreshore with views to the city.”

For Bay Central Woolooware, architects TURNER designed two levels of inviting retail and dining and used warm, textural materials to create a sophisticated yet relaxed series of places where Woolooware Bay residents and visitors alike can shop, eat, connect and linger.

Taking full advantage of the location, the podium-level dining enjoys sweeping views over the foreshore park to the water. A generous public park and inclusive playground at street level welcome all and merge with the waterfront nature reserve.

“From the outset, our intent was to honour Woolooware Bay’s beautiful setting and its significance to the local community. The precinct was conceived as a place with a familiar, welcoming character, a connection to nature and a distinctly coastal identity,” says TURNER Principal Architect Nick Turner.

TURNER’s experiential design team also designed the wayfinding and public art throughout Woolooware Bay. In Bay Central’s retail precinct, a shimmering ceiling draws inspiration from the Georges River and includes a ‘waterdrop’ feature at the arrival point.

Stage Four of the billion-dollar Woolooware Bay Town Centre development comprises the Quest serviced apartment hotel, four residential towers comprising 245 apartments and 12 commercial suites.

Upon completion, Woolooware Bay Town Centre will include 898 apartments and 23 commercial suites across 13 buildings and be home to more than 2500 residents.

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