Opened by Prime Minister Julia Gillard on 20 August 2010, Top Ryde City Shopping Centre (an inner northern suburb of Sydney) is, at the time of writing, Australia's largest retail development, occupying a significant 3.5 hectare site.
Extensive use of Kennedy's K-FAB, premium recycled timber beams, adds warmth throughout the centre due to the timber's rich natural patina. Impressive Spotted Gum ceiling lining further complements this impressive retail precinct.
Completely replacing the existing centre this development provides a new shopping and social hub for the residents of Ryde and surrounding suburbs.
At a cost of approximately $AU470 million, the centre's open and spacious design comprises some 80,000 square metres of retail space including around 300 retailers and over 3000 undercover car spaces.
Considerable thought by Lend Lease to the environmental impact of this development has resulted in a 4 Star Green Star rating awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia.