CBD and Centres Strategies
- Darwin Retail and Commercial Potential (Client: Darwin City Council/Urbacity)
Foresight Partners was commissioned to assess the size and components of the Darwin CBD retail market as an input to determining the CBD’s long term retail development potential. The assessment included identification of CBD resident, visitor and workforce markets and forecast retail expenditure by each market segment. From this, an assessment was made of future retail potential, and the market segments in which the CBD can most successfully compete. The analysis and recommendations are an input to the Darwin City Centre Master Plan.
- Mackay Centres Network (Client: Mackay Regional Council)
Assessment of selected centres within the rapidly growing Mackay Region with regard to most appropriate long term role, functions, and gross floor areas. Each centre was assessed in terms of ten factors including the competitive and network context, current and future market characteristics, retailing trends and development economics. Recommendations were used in preparation of the MRC’s new planning scheme, and development of updated policies and guidelines for new retail and commercial provision by type and location within the Mackay region.
- Retail Strategy and Centres Review, City of Ipswich (Client: Ipswich City Council)
Key objective was to make recommendations on any changes required to current Retail Strategy and Centres Network using an evidence-based approach as input into Council’s new planning scheme. It also included identification of areas where additional retail capacity will be needed, by centre type, size and composition, with particular emphasis on the developing Ripley Valley area.
- Maroochydore Central Precinct (Client: Sunshine Coast Regional Council)
A comprehensive analysis of long term economic and market potential for a new Sunshine Coast CBD on the site of the former Horton Park Golf Course in Maroochydore. The assessment program included stakeholder discussions, regional and local socioeconomic analysis, population forecasts by area and demand forecasts by economic sector. Outputs included recommended market positioning, functions and development strategies for the new CBD, and a twenty year forecast under various scenarios of residential, commercial and retail floorspace demand in the new CBD.
- Green Square Town Centre, Sydney (Client: Landcom)
Forecast residential, workforce and visitor market growth for Green Square Town Centre including recommended retail market positioning strategy, development phasing and town centre development opportunity and strategy.
- Brisbane CBD Retailing Business Development Strategy (Client: Brisbane Marketing and Brisbane City Council)
A major investigation that included a detailed floor space inventory of the CBD, on-street shopper surveys, telephone surveys and discussions with key property owners/managers, small area demographic analysis and workshop facilitation. Foresight Partners developed a number of retail mix and market strategies to ensure the continued successful role and function of the CBD as the prime retail and leisure/entertainment destination for residents and visitors.
- Parramatta CBD Retail Strategy (Client: Parramatta City Council)
Developed a Retail Plan for the Parramatta CBD including retail core and key elements, key issues facing city centre, tenancy mix analysis, retail expenditure potential, demographic characteristics, forecast trade areas and population growth projections. (In association with Premier Retail Marketing).
- Logan City Retail Strategy Review (Client: Logan City Council)
A review of the retail strategy and centre hierarchy in the 2006 Planning Scheme, including the appropriateness of maintaining floor space limitations and alternative approaches to foster desired centre hierarchy and centre functions.
- Sunshine Coast Regional Health Precinct Economic Study (Client: Queensland Department of Public Works)
Major study to provide a greater understanding of the potential development mix that would be most viable and productive on the proposed Regional Health Precinct site. The scope of work included demographic analysis and forecasting of the Health Service District, together with a market overview of the current Commercial and Retail offer within the Maroochy area as well as Medical Service provision within the greater Sunshine Coast area. A SWOT analysis was also used as an input to produce the highest and best mix of potential uses.
- Strategic Economic Analysis - Mount Gravatt Corridor Neighbourhood Plan (Client: Brisbane City Council)
An economic analysis of future employment and population growth capacities to 2031. This major study was undertaken as part of the Neighbourhood Planning process for one of Brisbane's Principal Regional Activity Centres. The project involved a comprehensive land and business audit of the study area and forecasts of future commercial, retail and industrial land demand for the Mount Gravatt, Upper Mount Gravatt and Kessels Road area.
- Flinders Grove Retail/Commercial Strategy (Client: Pacific International Development Corporation)
Recommendations for the most appropriate and feasible size, scale, functions, mix of uses and phasing for retail / commercial centres serving a major new residential community of up to 40,000 residents in south west Logan City, taking into account Council’s regional retail strategy and future changes to the area’s transport infrastructure. The study also forecast employment generation and labour force containment.
- Mount Peter Master Plan Area, Cairns (Client: Queensland Department of Infrastructure and Planning)
Peer review assessment of the demand for retail shops and services within the MPA and the potential sequencing of proposed centres within the MPA, including a critique of the Draft Structure Plan for the Mount Peter Master Plan Area from an economic sustainability point of view.
- Gladstone Retail and Commercial Strategy (Client: Gladstone Regional Council)
A study to assist in the preparation of a retail centre hierarchy for the Gladstone Regional Council area, including the preparation of guidelines for shopping centre developments to achieve community and social interaction goals. Tasks included a full inventory and floorspace analysis of existing retail facilities in the GRC area, projected demand for floorspace by uses and identification of preferred size, location and functions of new centres.