Award-winning architecture firm Buchan has unveiled design details behind the long-awaited three-storey food and retail hub Yamanto Central, which will form part of the gateway to Ipswich. Yamanto Central will be Stage 1 of the future Yamanto Town Centre, and is currently in the leasing phase of the development.

Buchan’s Senior Associate Barry Neocleous said the centre – located on the corner of Warwick Road and Pisasale Drive in Yamanto – will create an architectural statement befitting its location at the centre of one of Australia’s fastest growing regions. “Inspired by the history of the region’s industrial activity and incorporating materials and aesthetics from the local area, the centre’s design supports the significance of the location,” Barry said. “The area also provides flexibility to accommodate activities and entertainment for the wider community.”

The prominent corner of the centre will be expressed with a three-storey architectural landmark element, which announces the precinct as a next-generation shopping destination, with a dramatic contemporary architectural presence. “The facade is designed primarily to respond to Warwick Road’s medium speed zone with the placement of material elements and features deliberately positioned to complement the commuter flow,” he said.

The centre will incorporate a full-line Coles supermarket, major discount department store Kmart, more than 50 supporting speciality stores, and a food and market precinct called Market Central. The outdoor component of Central Eats has been designed to accommodate stages for future expansion. Yamanto Central will have more than 950 car parks, and travellators at each end of the centre for convenient access.

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