14 March 2013 — Retail therapy and sustainability have joined forces with the $300 million expansion of Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne.

Sustainability features include extensive natural light and ventilation, providing more than 50 per cent reduction in energy use, 480,000 litre rainwater holding tanks, captured stormwater for gardens and air-conditioning and an 80 per cent recycling target for construction waste.

The centre is owned by GPT Wholesale Shopping Centre Fund, Highpoint Property Group and The GPT Group.

GPT chief executive officer and managing director Michael Cameron said the development had been delivered on time, on budget and featured the biggest names in Australian and international retail.

Community consultation had been key, he said.

“They told us the development should reflect the surrounding environment and the creative and resilient spirit of the west.

“In response GPT has delivered a stunning architecturally designed mall featuring natural materials, exposed beams and which celebrates the site’s history as a quarry with the use of Bluestone in the floors and furniture.

“By far the most striking design feature is the floating roof structure, which was inspired by the Maribyrnong River.

“The transparent roof, which has been designed to bring in natural light and fresh air, flows throughout the mall before opening up to a grand new entrance and public space.”