A $580 million expansion of Chadstone Shopping Centre by Bates Smart and Buchan Group is one step closer to construction after gaining approval from the property's owner, CFS Retail Property Trust.

The plans include two 40 metre towers designed by Bates Smart and an extensive expansion of the existing shopping mall by Buchan Group.

The shopping mall will expand by more than 34,000sqm in the northern corner of the site to 212,000sqm,strengthening its claim to be Australia’s largest shopping mall.

CFS said that the expansion plans will accommodate an upper level Hoyts digital cinema complex, up to five international flagships in 11,000sqm of space, 40 new retailers, and a new 1300-seat, 26-tenancy food gallery.

The above aerial view shows the proposed northern atrium redevelopment  by Buchan Group and the south eastern towers by Bates Smart.  Below: An interior artist impression of the proposed Chadstone mall expansion. Images: Chadstone

17,000-sqm of office space has been planned for the southern end of the site in a tower designed by Bates Smart while a ten storey hotel tower, also designed by Bates Smart, will rise 44 metres alongside and house 190 rooms between 28sqm and 32sqm. They will both be serviced by the Princess Highway.


A vertical blade screen and a new semi-enclosed elevated glass pedestrian walk will be constructed to link the new buildings to the existing shopping centre. Images: Bates Smart

The proposed development plans are now available for viewing at the Prahran Town Hall, (corner Greville and Chapel Streets) Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5.00pm and the Phoenix Park Library (Monday to Friday 10.00am to 6.00pm, and Saturday 10.00am-1.00pm).

The plans will be available to view between Tuesday 3 September 2013 and Tuesday 17 September 2013.