Working Places and Shopping Precincts

JMLA have focused our efforts around retrofitting Australia's urban centres toward a more sustainable and communal future. Commencing with research in the early 1980s on the conflicts and competition between 'main street' and 'big box' retail centres, we developed innovative methodologies for revitalising ailing town centres and for retrofitting 'big box' shopping centres and the dead spaces which they generate around them.

JMLA's work at Cleveland town centre turned this town from having over 50% escape spending in 1989, to a vibrant regional centre with spectacular main street focused growth continuing to the current year. Similar success occurred in the towns of Atherton, Innisfail and Toowoomba, where we have implemented regional centre revitalisation plans.


At the interface between shopping centre retrofits and town centre reconnection, the following successes are notable:

  • Kelvin Grove Urban Village Centre, Qld
  • Bayside Village Shopping Centre, Qld
  • Mooloolaba Structure Plan and Landscape Masterplan, Qld
  • Coles and Woolworths Centre Retrofits, Ulverstone, Tas
  • Kippa-Ring Village Shopping Centre, Urban Design and Improvements Plan, Redcliffe City, Qld
  • Toowoomba Streetscape Strategy and Linkages, Toowoomba, Qld
  • Shaping Up Project, Qld
  • Strathpine Regional Centre Revitalisation, Qld
  • Shopping Centre Retrofits for the Inala Ipswich Corridor, Qld
  • Shopping Centre Infill Plans, Atherton, Qld