The rebirth of the Empire Village Shopping Centre in City Beach came about through community demand. It had been the Athletes Dining Hall during the Empire Games in Perth during 1962, but burned down in 2014. Situated on the highest point of this garden suburb, it was a natural meeting place, and the community wanted it back. The scope of works included a 1000m2 IGA and 11 food-focused specialty shops. The design process focused on community consultation and a desire to return a hub to the suburb, plus re-engage a new audience.
Today, it’s a buzzing community hotspot, which services the day-to-day of local residents and provides shady verandas and a choice of eat venues for those who want to meet and linger or for children to play. The community is so proud of the reinvigorated return of its hub that school groups focus on it for projects.