Westfield Miranda was the ‘‘next generation’’ in shopping centres in Australia, chief executive of the Scentre Group Peter Allen said at the official opening today of the $475 million redevelopment.
The Scentre Group, which owns Westfield, partnered DEXUS Wholesale Property Fund in the project.
Mr Allen said the centre, one of Australia’s oldest, would be the ‘‘blueprint’’ for future developments.
‘‘We have opened a new fresh food markets area, an unparalleled dining experience, we have introduced the best digital innovations and activations, and have become the first shopping centre with ticketless car parking,’’ he said.
Mr Allen said the project had required ‘‘vision, creativity, tenacity, dedication and hard work from a lot of staff, contractors and retailers’’.
DEXUS chief executive Darren Steinberg said some staff had been working on the project for 10 years.
About 300 shoppers and official guests attended the opening, with many looking down from upper levels.
Cronulla surf lifesavers Jack Robertson and Sean Bentley carried a ribbon on stage, which was cut by the company chiefs and model Cheyenne Tozzi.
A swimwear fashion parade followed.
Do you think the Miranda centre should be the ‘‘blueprint’’ for the future?