Boom in Newcastle residential construction to be complemented by new retail centre

Boom in Newcastle residential construction to be complemented by new retail centre
Boom in Newcastle residential construction to be complemented by new retail centre

Newcastle is attracting Sydneysiders with the lure of more affordable housing and lifestyle benefits, says Colliers International.

The city has around $1.2 billion of government investment projects in the pipeline, including the completed State Law Courts, NewSpace City Campus, transport interchange, light rail construction and the approved International Cruise Ship Terminal.

George Wragge, Director of Retail at Colliers International, said that the uptick in demand can be seen in the approximately $220 million worth of apartment developments that have been completed, with another $326 million under construction.

“People have moved north chasing affordability whilst seeking a different level of lifestyle and amenity,” Wragge said.

“This recent interest has come from a realization that Newcastle is incredibly accessible to Sydney however also offers attractions such as the Hunter Valley, Port Stephens and some of the nation’s best beaches.

“A major, boutique retail precinct is truly all that is missing in this unique seaside City.”

He is hoping this missing piece will be the East End residential and retail development, which is now under construction.

“The new East End Woolworths Metro store is now committed which will cater to the needs of office workers, shoppers, tourists and residents in the Newcastle CBD and will be the catalyst to curating a gentrified Urban mix of food and beverage operators, service and convenience-based retailers.”

“Newcastle is no longer a hidden gem but is now exposed to major Sydney based retailers, with more premium restauranteurs and bespoke fashion stores expected to make the move North.”

Michael Chapman, Senior Executive at Colliers International, says that the demographic shifts in the area, plus the recent announcement of international flights out of Newcastle Airport, will bring more people to the city.

“With an increase in jobs of 8.1% predicted by 2020 and a rise in population of 33.4% predicted by 2036, Newcastle may have only just embarked on a journey of growth it hasn’t and may not ever experience again” said Chapman. 

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