Westfield Miranda

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Westfield Miranda
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Westfield Shopping centre, eastern end
Opening date 1964
Management Scentre 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 127,000 m² (1,367,017 ft²)
Parking 4,326
Public transit access Miranda railway station
Website Westfield 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 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. In July 2014, the Westfield Group became two companies Scentre Group and Westfield Corporation. This shopping centre is now managed by Scentre Group.[3]

History[edit]

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,[4] it was built on the former site of Fowler's brick pit.[2] It was the first regional shopping centre in Sydney to have two department stores - Grace Bros. and David Jones.[5]It was purchased by Westfield in 1969. Following this purchase, the store was refurbished, at a cost of $10 million, expanding the shopping centre to 400,000 square feet.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8][9]

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 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.[10] (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.[11]

Redevelopment of former main entrance, looking west. December 2013. Tree on right is same tree in photo of entrance pre-demolition
Western end replacing office tower and surrounds, as of 30 September 2014

In early 2009, Sutherland Council approved plans to further upgrade the complex, which included demolition of the office tower and adding 100 additional specialty shops at a cost of A$435 million. Myer lost its ground floor for a larger 'full-line' Woolworths supermarket.[7] The entrance has moved closer to the Kingsway.[11] The centre expanded by approximately 19,000 square metres to 127,000 square metres of gross lettable area.[10] Demolition of the areas around the office tower began in July 2013.[12] The grey wall is designed to resemble fish scales in homage to "the Sutherland Shire's beach culture".[13] The first stage of the redevelopment consisting of the first floor opened on Thursday 16 October 2014 [14] About 80 more shops/restaurants opened on Thursday 20 November 2014 while the official opening took place on Thursday, November 27, with four days of celebrations.[15][16][17][18][19][20] A new multi-screen Event Cinemas complex opened 2 April 2015.

Access[edit]

There are several large car parking areas around the complex with parking spaces numbering 4,326.[1] Until November 2014 all parking was free (except a secure area carpark with Valet parking for $10 up to 3 hours with additional charges after that) 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. Paid parking commenced on Monday 3 November 2014 [21][22] From a later date in November 2014 some parts of the parking areas are reserved for staff.

During the renovations when the new parking system came in, people who lived near Miranda Fair noted that shoppers and employees of Miranda Fair were increasingly parking in the streets to avoid paying the fees for parking in Miranda Fair.[23] In February 2015, Westfield Miranda planned to reintroduce free parking for people with disability stickers in response to feedback that parking was difficult to find.[24] In December 2015, Westfield Miranda extended its opening hours until midnight.[25] In December 2016, to cope with Christmas demand, parking at Port Hacking High School was arranged for shoppers at Westfield Miranda.[26]

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. After the renovations new bus stops were brought into use in The Kingsway on 20 November 2014.[27] Cronulla, Caringbah, Sutherland, Sylvania and Hurstville are serviced by Transdev NSW services. Taren Point, Ramsgate and Rockdale are serviced by Sydney Buses services.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Westfield Miranda Scentre Group
  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. ^ Condon, Turi. "Westfield restructure a success: Lowy". The Australian Business Review=20 June 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Big stores for 'Fair'". The Canberra Times. 45, (12,721). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 13 October 1970. p. 15. Retrieved 29 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  6. ^ "West field buys Myer centre". The Canberra Times. 43, (12,269). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 26 March 1969. p. 31. Retrieved 29 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ a b "Westfield Miranda to get $435m facelift". The Age. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Murray Trembath (2013-07-29). "Video: No one to catch this falling Westfield star". St George & Sutherland Shire Leader. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  9. ^ "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.’ 
  10. ^ a b "Westfield Miranda Re Development to Commence" (PDF) (Press release). westfield.com.au. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013. [dead link]
  11. ^ a b "Westfield Group Annual Report 31 December 2005" (pdf-3.07Mb). Westfield Group. 31 December 2005. p. 23 & 45. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Trembath, Murray (27 May 2013). "Westfield Miranda redevelopment gets go-ahead". St George & Sutherland Shire Leader. Fairfax Regional Media. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  13. ^ Trembath, Murray (12 November 2014). "They scaled the heights to put the "fish scales" in place". St George & Sutherland Shire Leader. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  14. ^ St George Leader St George Leader - Murray Trembath
  15. ^ New Stores Opening Thursday 20 November Westfield Website
  16. ^ Grand Opening Celebrations - Thursday 27 November Westfield Miranda website
  17. ^ More new shops to open at Westfield Miranda St George Leader 14 November 2014
  18. ^ New-look Westfield Miranda opens its doors on Thursday St George Leader 18 November 2014
  19. ^ Gallery: A whole new shopping world at Westfield Miranda St George Leader 25 November 2014
  20. ^ Shoppers flock to official opening of new-look Westfield Miranda and fashion parade with Cheyenne Tozzi St George Leader 27 November 2014
  21. ^ "Travelling by Car". Miranda-Getting Here. westfield.com.au. Retrieved 3 Nov 2014. [dead link]
  22. ^ NEW CAR PARK CHANGES: FAQs[dead link] Westfield website
  23. ^ Trembath, Murray (2 December 2014). "Westfield Miranda car park's fees a pain for neighbours". St George & Sutherland Shire Leader. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  24. ^ "Westfield Miranda's disability parking plan". St George & Sutherland Shire Leader. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  25. ^ "Late-night shopping at Westfield is on until Christmas Eve". St George & Sutherland Shire Leader. 21 December 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  26. ^ Trembath, Murray (16 December 2016). "Big crowds and parking problems at Westfield Miranda". St George & Sutherland Shire Leader. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  27. ^ WESTFIELD MIRANDA – REOPENING OF KINGSWAY BUS STOP Transdev NSW website

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