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Masters ForrestdaleCorner Lake & Ranford Road, Forrestdale WA - Completed 2012

Australia’s home improvement sector has a new player in Masters, a joint venture between Woolworths and US hardware giant Lowe’s.


The first store opened in Melbourne in September 2011, with more quickly following; WA already boasts nine Masters stores, with a tenth to follow very soon in Landsdale.


Leffler Simes Architects produced the concept design of the new hardware/home improvement centre and is leading the national rollout. Its brief was to create a home improvement store with a refreshing, contemporary look that provides for more interaction with the customer.


Forrestdale, the first to be documented by Oldfield Knott and built by Built Environs, was completed for Masters to fit-out in early 2012 and has been successfully trading since that time.


Masters is thinking big when it comes to home improvement. Each store is about 13,000 to 14,000m2 and divided into three sections: retail; trade; and a garden centre. The retail section, as opposed to Masters’ competitors, offers home solutions rather than just hardware.


The facade of the Masters stores is impressive and immediately recognisable, with bold blue signage and pre-painted Alucobond metal cladding, designed for both high visual impact and low maintenance.



// images by cado lee photography