Sunland Group has unveiled their plans for a new lifestyle and retail waterfront precinct called ‘The Lanes’. The retail village will be situated in the heart of the Gold Coast’s iconic Mermaid Waters. Construction for the new precinct is on track to commence sometime this year.
Sunland Group is the company behind the Palazzo Versace and the famous skyscraper, Q1. In a statement, Sunland Group called their new development ‘The Lanes’ an ‘alternative to the conventional shopping mall’. The large space is set to feature over 17,000 square meters of dining and entertainment space. The lifestyle district (which is inspired by emerging food culture on the Gold Coast) is set to be filled with bright green spaces interwoven with urban landscapes, a fresh food market hall and space for community events.
The ‘leisure-lifestyle’ district is also set to span two levels featuring open-air pedestrian laneways, 840 on-site car parks, an outdoor amphitheatre, public art installations, a large cinema and a green market-square in the mix.
“The inspiration for the project comes from the emergence of small-village community-based retail environments on the Gold Coast in recent years,” said Sunland’s Managing Director, Sahba Abedian.
“Our focus for ‘The Lakes’ is to create a very unique village precinct, but catering for more of a food and beverage dining experience coupled with destination retailing,” he said in a statement. ‘The Lanes’ are set to open in the year 2021, forming a part of Sunland’s 42-hectare master planned $850 million community space dubbed ‘The Lakes’. ‘The Lakes’ will hold space for at least 100 residential homes and 1,272 residential apartments, with ‘The Lanes’ acting as a ‘town centre’ for the residential developments, (but all of the developments have already been sold).
‘The Lakes’ are being designed in conjunction with renowned architects at Blight Rayner.