Construction has started on the $15 million dollar Northam Boulevard redevelopment transformation.
On Monday, contractor Pindan moved on site to begin the first of five stages.
Perdaman general manager of property Gary Dreyer said the redevelopment will involve extending the centre, to incorporate Target and Sportspower.
“Everything will be undercover,” he said.
Mr Dreyer said the centre is getting new tiles, ceilings and ablution block. “Temporary toilets can be found outside near the subway entrance,” he said.
Mr Dreyer said the entire shopping centre will remain operational through the construction period.
The construction period has been designed so it will not affect customers
“We will be doing a lot of night work,” he said. “It has been designed so it will not affect customers.”
He said the main mall and shopping area will be finished by November.
The merging of Northam Boulevard and Northam Arcade will form a shopping and community hub which includes a new medical centre, revitalised shopping mall and improved retail spaces.
Charmain of Perdaman Group, Vikas Rambal said it was an exciting time for Northam.
“This re-development breathes new life into a well-known and iconic part of the community,” he said.
“It will no doubt provide opportunities for new jobs and be a huge boost to the local economy.”
“Our aim is for the new Northam Boulevard to become the new heart of the town, also giving tourists a place to visit and relax.”
Part of the redevelopment includes WA’s largest solar power installation, which was officially opened by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan last month.
Mr Rambal described the solar car park as the “jewel in the crown” of the redevelopment.
“The new solar car park provides much needed shade for shoppers but also turns the space into a revenue generating piece of infrastructure.”
“It is the first of its kind in Australia and showcases a unique approach to the future of energy here and globally.”
Perdaman Group acquired the Northam Boulevard shopping centre in 2014 for $14 million dollars.