ARMSTRONG CREEK TOWN CENTRE
Building on the success of the Thornhill Park project and assisting Welsh Group with progressing the project from pre-planning to permit and commencement of construction, WPA was appointed to assist with the Armstrong Creek Town Centre.
The overall Armstrong Creek Town Centre will be the civic, commercial and social heart of the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth area. Guided by a prescriptive strategic framework, the PSP sets an expectation that the Armstrong Creek Town Centre is not only an attractive place, but a destination for residents and visitors to shop, live, work and play.
Following a series of initial meetings and workshops with the key stakeholders, WPA prepared the Stage 1 Planning Permit Application that incorporated the construction of the Main Street from the Surfcoast Highway, the construction of a full line supermarket, supporting retail tenancies and a future medical centre. A permit was subsequently issued in January 2018 after longstanding negotiations with City of Greater Geelong, relevant authorities and adjoining landowners.
In anticipation of the permit being granted, a second application was prepared and lodged for a series of pad sites fronting the Surfcoast Highway and incorporating a series of freeway interface uses such as family restaurants, service stations and large format retail. A permit for this approval was recently issued in late 2019 with works earmarked to commence in the near future.
To tie all development together, a third combined permit application was prepared by WPA that led to the approval of a permit for two full line supermarkets and supporting retail tenancies with input provided by ClarkeHopkinsClarke, Spiire, Colliers International and TTM Consulting. The issuing of this permit in early 2019 has led to the commencement of construction, which is well underway at the moment and includes the delivery of the first supermarket, construction of main street and the retarding basin servicing the centre.