With the restructure of the Myer brand, a decision was made to close the department store in this existing heritage building. This provided an opportunity for the creation of a new retail destination precinct of food and fashion retailing, and to revitalise the heritage icon within the Main Street of Orange City Centre.
Summer Street will be revitalised with new retail shopfronts, with careful consideration to its significant heritage character.
A new dining precinct will be established in Post Office Lane with alfresco seating, canvas awnings and a new landscape strategy. The new environment provides an opportunity to implement a public art strategy featuring local artists.
A new central arcade is created within the existing heritage building, carefully retaining the existing ornate ceiling features, including pressed metal ceilings and coffers.
Above the arcade is a two story atrium space which will feature decorative suspended sculptures and light fittings to enhance the visual amenity and connection to the upper level.
The incorporation of traditional building materials including steel framing, brick, and timber, combined with the existing building features provides a contemporary narrative for the revitalised character of the precinct.