The first international shopping centre of its kind in China’s Hunan Province, designed by Broadway Malyan, has opened to the public.
The architecture practice’s Shanghai-based team oversaw the refurbishment, expansion and repositioning of La Nova department store into a 45,000m2 centre with 90 tenants, including 20 international retailers.
Located in thriving provincial capital Changsha, the six-level scheme is anchored by a 15,000m2 Bailian Oriental department store and a nine-screen PolyBona cinema.
Jeremy Salmon, director of Broadway Malyan, said: “Despite the opening of many major shopping centres over the last decade in China, demand is still strong, driven by the dramatic increase in the pace of retail development, the maturing domestic market, the rise in the popularity of a shopping-based culture and a higher number of partnerships between established Chinese retail developers and overseas experts.
“This project is the perfect example of the exciting trends we are helping to shape in China, with a fascinating international mix of retail concepts. Given the increasing appetite for new developments and redevelopments, our multidisciplinary team is engaged in a series of major retail projects across the country.”
The centre is owned by Bailian Ivanhoe, a joint venture between Bailian Group, one of China’s biggest retail groups, and international real estate giant Ivanhoé Cambridge.