Karrinyup Shopping Centre


Karrinyup Shopping Centre Redevelopment, Perth, Western Australia



Project Vision

From the nuts and bolts of cinema seating and curved facades, to vast pebble-shaped windows and a giant snake-like skylight, Perth-based Multiplan Pty Ltd has translated ideas into complex, digital, 3D construction models as one of the contractors working on the $800M Karrinyup Shopping Centre Redevelopment project.

Almost doubling the size of the shopping centre, from 59,715sqm to 113,000sqm, the landmark redevelopment put Karrinyup Shopping Centre back on the map as a major shopping, dining and entertainment hub. The centre is managed by AMP Capital on behalf of owner UniSuper.

WA’s second largest shopping centre by the end of 2021, the re-energised retail destination has attracted international heavyweights Zara, H&M and UNIQLO, along with WA’s debut LEGO and Sephora stores. Aldi and Coles join the existing supermarket line-up, while Tesla has chosen the new-look lifestyle precinct for Perth’s first Tesla Supercharge Station.

A 10-screen HOYTS cinema, around 40 new food and beverage venues, playgrounds and 150 residential apartments are also among the new arrivals.

One of the largest construction projects outside of the State’s resource and mining sector in recent years, the redevelopment has set a new benchmark for one-stop shopping, dining and entertainment experiences.

The Multiplan Difference

Multiplan was appointed to deliver a finish-to-finish steel detailing package that included cutting-edge 3D construction models, uniting the architects’ vision and the engineers’ design into a complex, fully-resolved, structural steel skeleton for the Western stages of the new and improved shopping centre.

The complex 3D model brought the 990-tonne steel structure to life for everyone involved in the project.

Multiplan also provided modelling and structural steel detailing services for the complex “snake’s head” portion of the250m-long skylight in the new Eastern section of the shopping centre extension.

Meticulous attention to detail, complemented by the latest construction modelling technology, brought a high level of construction intelligence and pinpoint accuracy to both the design and build processes of the project, improving project performance and driving collaboration, efficiency, safety and scheduling benefits across the project lifecycle.


To expedite fabrication and erection, Multiplan spilt the plans for the cinema complex into four zones, responding to project time pressures and allowing the modellers to explore additional cost and time efficiencies.


The steel framework for the tiered seating platforms in the cinema was modularised so it could be fabricated off-site, eliminating the need for time-consuming on-site construction.


Using sophisticated 3D BIM software, the Multiplan team responded to the smallest of adjustments on site as construction progressed, such as the millimetre-perfect connections to cast-in plates on the slab floor.

Multiplan’s Direct Client Engagement (DCE™) delivered workflows that allowed the seamless production of models and structural fabrication drawings, closing design loops and resolving potential construction issues.


A custom workflow was created between Multiplan, the client and the project engineers, enabling workflow design queries to be resolved more efficiently than a traditional RFI/TQ process, benefitting the tight construction timelines.


Using live clash detection, the team identified where changes were needed to the construction schedule.


Multiplan is proud to have worked on the Karrinyup Shopping Centre Redevelopment with architects Hames Sharley and Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick JV, and engineering consultants Pritchard Francis.