Gate Pa represents the ongoing expansion of the existing 3,000m² Gate Pa Retail Centre on Cameron Road Tauranga.
Stage 1 was the addition of new anchor tenancies to augment the gravity of the centre as a whole. This included the addition of a new 2,000m² ‘Spotlight’ and a 1350m² ‘Rays Outdoors’ on a underutilised area at the rear of the site. This necessitated the formation of an access through the main trading front. At risk of resulting in a tenuous link, F+D=A ensured a minimum opening width and employed other strategies including a flared entry, skylights, continuity of the exterior materials to a half-way point through the route and the opening out of adjacent tenancies. Together these minimized the perception of length, maximised interest and increased the vitality of the space.
Stage 2 included the creation of a break though part of the short leg of the existing ‘L’ shaped centre to allow a vehicular and pedestrian link to amalgamate the adjoining site’s anchor tenant, Mega Mitre10, into the Gate Pa centre. Further stages are ongoing.