For the first 15 years, Robina Group was principally involved with large-scale subdivision. Its planning arm (which has also consulted to land owners around Australia and overseas) designed each of Robina’s new districts, creating landmark greenspace, vibrant streetscapes, city connectivity and pioneering new forms of residential community for which it won many awards.
The Queensland Government’s regional planning scheme had envisaged a significant commercial centre in the Robina area since the 1970s.As South East Queensland’s population growth began to exceed all projections and Gold Coast City and Albert Shire were merged to form Australia’s sixth largest city, the intended role of Robina as a commercial centre took on even greater significance.
Robina’s planning scheme was encapsulated in an Act of Parliament and Robina was given Principal Activity Centre status within the regional economic planning scheme.
Robina Group managed an established team of civil engineering consultants and contractors to deliver Robina’s infrastructure and the hundreds of home sites it sold to builders and end-users each year.
The Group kept delivery of Robina’s trademark greenspace in-house, growing all the tree and plant stock at its giant commercial nurseries, and maintaining a large landscaping and estates division which is still active today.
Since 1980, Robina Group has delivered more than 10,000 home sites, ranging from 400 square metres in zero-lot green-street projects to large (ocean accessible) waterfront blocks accommodating luxury mansions.
Robina Group has maintained a momentum of pioneering development through every major boom and economic upheaval to deliver both a city suburb brimming with 30,000 people and a thriving business district for a high growth region.
In 1991, Robina Group engaged Robert Lamb Hart from New York to create the masterplan for Robina’s central business district, and two years later commissioned top Californian retail and entertainment architect John Jerde to design Robina Town Centre, the super-regional mall that would launch CBDRobina.
The $360 million Robina Town Centre was developed by Robina Group in partnership with Commonwealth Funds Management. It was the largest retail and leisure development ever built in one stage in Australia and is now the second largest centre in Queensland. At the same time, Robina Group invested around $100 million in CBDRobina’s roads, waterways, greenspace and other infrastructure.
State Government also made massive infrastructure investments in Robina, building high volume highway interchanges, a large full-service hospital, and a heavy rail connection with Brisbane and Brisbane International Airport.
Since the launch of CBDRobina, Robina Group has turned over in excess of $1.2 billion, delivering a range of innovative medium to high density residential, commercial and office developments in the precincts around Robina Town Centre.
Combined with Varsity Lakes, Robina is the second largest office precinct in the city.
CBDRobina is now a thriving and vibrant city centre with a catchment of more than half a million people living within a 20-minute drive.
CBDRobina already accommodates more than70,000 square metres of commercial space, with the lowest vacancy rate in Gold Coast City. *
* CBDRobina office vacancy rate verified by independent analysts, Urbis Property Economics.