Westfield Miranda

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Westfield Miranda
Opening date 1964
Management The Westfield Group
Owner The Westfield Group,
Westfield Retail Trust
DWPF(Dexus Wholesale Property Fund)
No. of stores and services 396[1]
No. of anchor tenants 9
Total retail floor area 108,316 m² (1,165,900 ft²)
Parking 4,500
Public transit access Miranda railway station
Website westfield.com/miranda
Also known as "Miranda Fair"

Westfield Miranda (also known as Miranda Fair)[2] is a large shopping centre in the suburb of Miranda in the local government area of Sutherland Shire in southern Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is managed by the Westfield Group which owns 25 percent of the centre. Another 25 percent is owned by Westfield Retail Trust and the final 50 percent by the Dexus Wholesale Property Fund.

History[edit]

Westfield Shopping centre, eastern end
Former office tower, 25 July 2010
(demolished mid-2013)

Miranda Fair was originally opened in 1964 as a Myer shopping centre. Designed byTomkins, Shaw & Evans Architects,[3] it was built on the former site of Fowler's brick pit.[2] It was purchased by Westfield in 1969. The shopping centre is 50 percent owned by the Dexus Wholesale Property Fund, 25 percent by the Westfield Retail Trust and 25 percent by Westfield Group.[4]

Miranda Fair was easily distinguishable as it had a large eight-pointed, slowly revolving star on its rooftop. Part of the heritage of the centre, and somewhat of a local landmark, the star was lit at night and unique to any Westfield shopping centre. The star was knocked of the top of the tower in late July 2013 during the centre's 2013 – 2014 re-development as the office tower it sat upon was demolished.[5][6]

Renovations[edit]

Outside of former main entrance area, looking east. December 2006 (demolished mid-2013)

There have been two major renovations and extensions since 1964. The first was in 1971, which made it the largest shopping centre in Australia for its time. It was also was the first major shopping centre to have two major department stores, Grace Bros. and Farmers. Further expansion occurred in 1992 giving it 108,316 square metres (1,165,900 square feet) of retail space.[7] (107,929 square metres or 1,161,734 square feet is also cited)[1] Since these openings, other shopping centres have been built and expanded, including Westfield Parramatta and Westfield Bondi Junction, now making it the fourth largest Westfield shopping centre in Sydney. In December 2005 it was valued at A$481.6 million, up from $444.7 million in December 2004.[8]

Redevelopment of former main entance, looking west. December 2013. Tree on right is same tree in photo of entrance pre-demolition

In early 2009, Sutherland Council approved plans to further upgrade the complex, which included demolition of the office tower and adding 100 additional speciality shops at a cost of A$435 million. Myer will lose its ground floor for a larger 'full-line' Woolworths supermarket, while a new multi-screen Event Cinemas complex will be added.[4] The entrance will be moved closer to the Kingsway.[8] The centre will be expanded by approximately 19,000 square metres to 127,000 square metres of gross lettable area.[7] Demolition of the areas around the office tower began in July 2013. The new area is planned to be open by late 2014 while the cinema complex is due open in mid 2015.[9]

Access[edit]

There are several large car parking areas around the complex with parking spaces numbering 4,326.[1] As of July 2013 all parking is free[10] (except a secure area carpark for a small flat daily fee) and in peak shopping periods such as Christmas and Boxing Day Sales areas surrounding the centre are leased by management to handle the overflow of demand. Rail access is provided by Miranda railway station on the Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line immediately adjacent, making it easily accessible from southern and eastern suburbs of Sydney.

There was a bus stop under cover at the main circular driveway entrance on The Kingsway (moved while the 2013 re-development is conducted) as well as a terminus on Kiora Rd, which Westfield Miranda passes over. Cronulla, Caringbah, Sutherland, Sylvania and Hurstville are serviced by Transdev NSW services. Taren Point, Ramsgate and Rockdale are serviced by Sydney Buses services.

Location[edit]

The official street address is 600 The Kingsway, Miranda, N.S.W. (New South Wales) Australia, (Postal Code) 2228, but adjacent streets include Kiora Road, Wandella Road, Jackson Avenue and Urunga Parade.

Stores[edit]

Westfield Miranda has 396 Retail outlets.[1] Stores in the centre include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Westfield "Miranda-Overview". Westfield Group. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Curby, Pauline (2004). Pictorial History - Sutherland Shire (paperback, 139 pages). Kingsclear Books Pty Ltd. p. 122. ISBN 0 908 272 79 0. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Sievers, Wolfgang (1964). "Miranda shopping centre, Sydney, architects: Tomkins, Shaw & Evans (12)" (photograph: gelatin silver; 19.3 x 24.9 cm.). Full Record. National Library of Australia (Trove). Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Westfield Miranda to get $435m facelift". The Age. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.theleader.com.au/story/1669173/video-no-one-to-catch-this-falling-westfield-star/
  6. ^ "Westfield star to go in redevelopment". St George & Sutherland Shire Leader (Fairfax Regional Media). 19 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. "‘Westfield knows it has been popular with the local community and is working on opportunities to incorporate its symbolism into the new centre.’" 
  7. ^ a b "Westfield Miranda Re Development to Commence" (pdf) (Press release). westfield.com.au. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b "Westfield Group Annual Report 31 December 2005" (pdf-3.07Mb). Westfield Group. 31 December 2005. p. 23 & 45. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Trembath, Murray (27 May 2013). "Westfield Miranda redevelopment gets go-ahead". St George & Sutherland Shire Leader (Fairfax Regional Media). Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Travelling by Car". Miranda-Getting Here. westfield.com.au. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°02′07″S 151°06′00″E / 34.03515°S 151.1000333°E / -34.03515; 151.1000333