Westfield Miranda is currently undergoing a $435 million redevelopment.  It will include over 100 new specialty retailers, relocated 10-screen multiplex Event Cinema, outdoor-restaurant and casual dining precinct along Kingsway.  The redevelopment is set for completion late 2014.

This is one of the first of many Westfield centres to undergo a transformation and will act as a blueprint for future projects.  The redevelopment includes a focus on new landscape and green/ open spaces.

Arterra Design is providing the landscape design services and Alpine Nurseries is supplying the plants for this redevelopment.  The plant value is approximately $230,000. The growing time available for these plants will be less than 12 months.

Our approach to plant procurement under this scenario was to supply via a pre-order of existing production stock; as opposed to a pre-grow of stock to be potted up into the desired size.  The landscape contractor is yet to be appointed.

The exciting aspect of this project was the involvement of the Westfield project team in the selection of each plant.  Westfield staff travelled to all the growing sites in Sydney, Forster and Alstonville.  Their involvement in this process made it very clear to us that Westfield is serious about quality

stock for their redevelopments.  It’s heartening to see a large company such as Westfield focusing on plant life within shopping centres.  In fact Westfield employs a Landscape Officer in charge of all plant life including indoor plants across all stores.

The plant species is varied and includes accent plants and landscape shrubs and groundcovers such as

  • Dracaena draco in 200ltr to 600ltr sizes;
  • Magnolia grandiflora ‘Exmouth’ in 400ltr;
  • Tristaniopsis laurina ‘Luscious’ in 200ltr;
  • Archontophoenix cunninghamiana;
  • Howea forsteriana; Livistona australis;
  • Agave attenuate; Alcantarea imperialis ‘Rubra’;
  • Arthropodium cirratum;
  • Philodendrron ‘Xanadu’;
  • Liriope muscari ‘Evergreen Giant’;
  • Pyrostegia venusta;
  • Rhoeo spathacea nana
  • Trachelospermum jasminoides.

Delivery of stage 1 is planned for August 2014 and stage 2 in November 2014.