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Retail plaza with a high impact contemporary design

The longstanding Gateway Plaza in Leopold has recently received a $42 million makeover.

Redevelopment of the retail space located at the gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula draws inspiration from its coastal context to shape a new identity for the centre.

The contemporary design shapes a vibrant community precinct comprising a range of cafes and restaurants and a new village square with integrated children’s play area.

The Plaza needed to maintain on-going operations throughout construction, so high quality, easily installed and customisable materials were required to ensure minimal impact on operations.


James Hardie’s ExoTec facade panel and fixing system was selected for its ease of installation and versatility to create a visually striking finish.

The versatile express panel system was applied in a vertical pattern to create a strong visual impact.

ExoTec cladding assisted to achieve a successful project outcome in terms of budget, quality and on time completion while ensuring longevity of the façade due to its durability, impact resistance and easy upkeep.

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