Major Refurbishment Planned for Lutwyche City

External artist's impression of Lutwyche City refurbishment

A development application has been submitted for the refurbishment of the tired Lutwyche City shopping centre by the new owners Abacus Property Group and Zenonos Group who in 2015 bought the centre for $65 million.

The proposed refurbishment consists of the following changes:

  • A new 3,400sqm Woolworths supermarket
  • Extension to exterior building footprint
  • Internal re-orientation of tenancies
  • A new child care centre, heath care services, retail tenancies and office space
  • New delivery and loading facilities
  • Public realm improvements and landscaping
  • Centre refurbishment and improved facade presentation

Designed by Ignite Architects, the refurbishment also includes the development of a number of tenancies overlooking Chalk Street which incorporates a long balcony running parallel to Chalk Street.

The Lutwyche-Woollowin area has a total of 36 new residential apartment developments either recently completed, under construction or about to commence marketing which equates to well over 1,000 new apartments for the immediate area.

Due to the recently completed busway station infrastructure as well as lower than average apartment price points, there has been a dramatic influx of younger demographic to the Lutwyche area which has created new retail demand.





This is the first major refurbishment for Lutwyche City since it was built in 1974.

The DA number for this development is A004508189.


  1. As a local resident, I was hoping for more of an active street frontage and more sub-tropical design elements in the refurbishment. The existing centre, whilst on a busy road frontage, is so divorced from both the streetscape and the community generally by virtue of its enclosure and dead frontages.

    Surely the presence of two side streets in Chalk Street and Lowerson Street presented the opportunity to replicate a development like Gabba Central which, though not the best design example, has activated Gibbon Street and allows natural light and air into the centre.

    I’d love to see another concept that better aligns with Council’s design guidelines.

  2. Can you spell Wooloowin? That’s the name of the suburb:
    “The Lutwyche-Woollowin area…”

    Will the leaky roof finally be repaired, or we still be greeted with buckets and dirty towels every time a drop of rain falls.
    Will the underground car park no longer flood in heavier rainfall.

    Where are all the retailers going? Dumb move to get rid of a newsagent which is why many people go to Lutwyche to begin with, and most of the next available newsagents have other shops nearby, so no need to visit Lutwyche anymore…

    • No, people go to Lutwyche because of Coles and Aldi. The newsagent is nice to have but I have lived in the area for over a year and have only used it once. I visit Coles multiple times a week. So obviously they want to make the centre more attractive by having a more modern look and a new eatery.

  3. The centre is so ugly it should be razed to the ground and re-built from scratch to a far better design. It’s dark, gloomy, dreary and squalid. Every centre should have a newsagent. And a decent greengrocers.

  4. A cinema would have been nice and outdoor restaurant food court area in Chalk Street and Lowerson Street as previously mentioned. Evan and bar and restaurant area would have been nice.

  5. I don’t think we need Coles, Aldi AND Woolworths in this small centre…
    I think a department store would have been much better than Woolworths.. e.g. Kmart. As a local I would really appreciate it so I don’t have to go to other centre’s like Toombul.


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