Welcome to the eighth edition of Broadway Malyan’s Dispatches
Welcome from Chairman Stuart Rough
This edition of Dispatches, the quarterly e-zine of global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, starts with a Global Update from Managing Director Gary Whittle on our latest award wins, shortlistings and commendations.
It also features several Expert Views, including from Main Board Director James Rayner who introduces our new research into the impact of IT on cities and towns, and major project news such as the royal approval of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel expansion in the UAE (pictured above).
We’re constantly adapting and looking to improve our services for our clients and every edition of Dispatches generates interesting feedback, opinion and ideas – that’s what it’s designed to do and we’re grateful to everyone for engaging with us and joining the debate.
From small beginnings, Dispatches is now read by hundreds of clients and contacts around the world – a truly global conversation generating valuable perspectives.
Prestigious award wins and shortlistings
Global Update from Managing Director Gary Whittle
Two of the practice’s projects have been shortlisted at the World Architecture Festival 2014, the world’s largest annual festival and live awards competition dedicated to celebrating and sharing architectural excellence from across the globe, which takes place in Singapore in October.
Our ‘Bandar Malaysia’ masterplan, which is set to transform Kuala Lumpur into one of the world’s best global cities and support Malaysia’s national vision to make it one of the world’s top 20 most liveable cities by 2020, is shortlisted in masterplanning category. Our team was appointed after it won a comprehensive multi-stage international competition, with the 196-hectare masterplan set to establish a new benchmark for sustainability and liveability in Asia.
‘Health City Novena’, a masterplan for a 17-hectare mega healthcare city in Singapore, is shortlisted in the health projects category. Our team is developing the detailed masterplan, architectural and landscape design for the mega integrated healthcare hub, which will create the largest healthcare complex in Singapore and include research and education, commercial, leisure and public spaces.
In another high-profile shortlisting, the 25,000-seat ‘Hassa Bin Zayed Stadium’ in Al Ain, UAE, masterplanned and designed by the practice as part of a wider mixed-use scheme which will ultimately comprise over 1.5m sq ft of development, has been shortlisted in the leisure and tourism project awards (built) category at the 2014 Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets – which celebrates excellence in real estate development and architecture and takes place in late September in Dubai.
In August our team celebrated an award win at the Philippines Property Awards 2014, having provided a range of masterplanning and design services on the Azure Urban Resort Residences – a bio-climatic residential development featuring open spaces for ‘modern tropical living’ in Taguig, Philippines – which won the best mid-range condo development (Manila) category. The scheme comprises of nine bio-climatic buildings situated around an urban beach oasis over a six hectare site and features sky gardens, a roof garden and recreational leisure hub.
Meanwhile, the 1bn Philippine Peso ‘Century City Mall’, designed by our team and one of the newest retail schemes in the City of Makati for nearly a decade, was also highly commended in the best commercial development (retail) category. The practice delivered an integrated package of design services on the 17,000 square metre retail centre, which hosts a wide range of luxury retail, fashion and lifestyle brands, four state-of-the-art cinemas and roof garden.
Recently ‘The Tower, One St George Wharf’, designed by the practice and one of the most significant additions to the skyline in London, UK, was announced as a winner in the best high volume new housing development category at the LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Building Excellence Awards 2014. The practice was the architect of the 320,000 sq ft building, which stands at just over 180m – making it the tallest residential tower in London – and which provides 213 luxury apartments over 50 storeys.
Suite 1363, part of ‘The Tower, One St George Wharf’, was also confirmed as a winner in the best luxury homes category at the London Evening Standard New Homes awards 2014. Judged by readers from a shortlist of 107 entries, the 3,000 sq ft Suite, which affords dramatic 360-degree views, was described as a ‘super-yacht in the sky’.
Expert views from Broadway Malyan
Main Board Director James Rayner: Tech and the City – not such a happy combination
Only one urban designer in five believes that Information Technology (IT) is having a significant positive impact on the well-being and happiness of citizens living in global cities – that is the headline of research into the impact of IT on cities and towns by Broadway Malyan.
In September the practice interviewed 60 expert urban designers and masterplanners across its 16-strong global studio network – in Asia (India, Shanghai and Singapore), Europe (Azerbaijan, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK), the Middle East (Abu Dhabi) and Americas (Brazil and Chile).
The research reveals that IT is playing a major role across global cities – in aiding movement, driving the use of shared places, improving city management, changing the appearance and form of cities and delivering better designed buildings and places – but, critically, IT is not significant in enhancing citizens’ actual well-being and happiness.
Projections of urban population growth tell us, that between 2000 and 2050, the amount of urban space will need to be doubled in developed countries and expanded by 326 per cent in developing countries to accommodate people. This is equivalent to building a city the size of Greater London every month for the next 40 years.
Modern construction technology is enabling us to rapidly expand our cities to help meet the demand for new urban space and housing and IT is helping us to analyse huge amounts of data, connect individuals in new ways and enhance our control of resources and built environments – promising smarter and more liveable cities and places.
In all the talk about so-called ‘smart cities’, in which ‘smart’ technology will be harnessed to make cities greener, more efficient and improve the quality of life for citizens, there is an implicit assumption that technology will result in happier and more enjoyable places.
However, while our experts predict that IT will play an increasing role in helping citizens move about in cities, it will create new types of shared places, aid city management and drive citizens’ engagement in decision-making they also report that IT is not contributing to citizens’ well-being and happiness in any significant way.
We see IT as a new layer to cities, enhancing our ability to interact with our built environment – rather than replacing or mediating our basic human needs for shelter, culture, recreation, social and economic activity. We urge that the human experience is kept at the heart of city and place design and that the focus is put on creating well-designed places which enhance the well-being and happiness of citizens.
We are set to present the findings of the research at the Urban Design Group’s national conference on urban design on 19th September at Nottingham Trent University, UK – with Broadway Malyan the main commercial sponsor – and where we will join a host of experts speaking on world-wide best practice in the design and management of towns and cities.
The research comes as the UK government predicts that the global market for smart city solutions will be $408bn by 2020, with the UK having particular strengths in delivering services which could account for up 25% of the total market. Meanwhile, in July India’s new government announced it will spend $1.13bn on building 100 smart cities, taking its cue from developments elsewhere in Asia, including China and Singapore.
To see the research click here.
Director of Masterplanning Jeff Nottage: New £5m fund arms councils to deliver brownfield housing
The UK Government announced a £5 million fund to unlock 100 brownfield sites for new homes. Councils that bring forward brownfield land for development could benefit from a share of the fund, with previously developed land promising to pave the way for planning permissions on up to 200,000 new homes across the country.
To qualify for the funding, councils will need to consult on a Local Development Order (LDO) on the land they identify – making it easier and quicker for developers to secure planning permission and get work started.
Brownfield sites in suitable locations, such as those close to local services or on key public transport corridors, remain the most sustainable way of delivering new housing.
Unlike the urban capacity studies that took place at the turn of the millennium, the use of LDOs will hopefully prevent certain councils from identifying brownfield sites that don’t have a realistic prospect of coming forward and simply enabled them to ‘tick a box’ for their housing trajectories and local plan allocations.
Local authorities are now armed with the tools and there are no excuses for a lack of delivery of new housing. However, we do question if the funding is adequate to help under-resourced councils to produce LDOs, as well as how effective LDOs will really be, given that many are used for more minor planning matters.
Chairman Stuart Rough: New research links customers’ spend in malls to food courts
CACI, the UK’s leading data intelligence company that advises a number of the country’s biggest retailers, has revealed new analysis that shows the strong link between retail spend and catering options.
Based on 170,000 interviews with shoppers in over 100 retail centres across the UK, CACI’s research shows that consumers who use catering spend approximately 48 per cent more on retail goods than those who don’t. CACI’s data indicates that the average spend on catering increased by 9 per cent between 2012 and 2013, a trend largely driven by growth in restaurant spend accounting for 55 per cent of catering spend in 2013, as opposed to 49% in 2012.
The research indicates the strategic importance of food courts and outlets in shopping malls, in terms of influencing the amount of time and money that customers spend – and good design is a key driver in the success of catering options.
With an increased emphasis placed on the food offer, and in response to a more recent shift towards healthier lifestyles and associated demand for quality food, market-type spaces have become popular – and this has seen an urban and outdoor design approach to food courts.
In Europe there has been a move towards open air and partially-covered shopping centres and a greater emphasis on quality when it comes to interior design – in turn resulting in more sophisticated food court design – as well as other non-core retail offerings and attractions to draw customers in.
Today, food court design is about delivering large and highly-comfortable spaces that benefit from maximum daylight penetration, external long-views and outside terraced areas. The objective is to create attractive, eye-catching and central eating spaces that serve as convenient and comfortable gathering points.
There is also a trend towards designing food courts with a smaller number of overall outlets, but a wider range of food offer and more chains and franchises – reflecting the growing importance of brand recognition in customer buying behaviour and also an increased focus on competition by unit and product mix.
Food court design is about creating a sense of place and atmosphere, an inspiring environment and deeply satisfying emotional and sensory experience. Designs must cater for a variety of types of food consumption – from stand-up and quick eating through to sit-down fine-dining in adjacent standalone restaurants. Therefore, designs usually feature different types of chairs, sofas and tables to cater for all types of social groups and situations – from large groups down to more intimate and private two-person spaces.
Lounge-type areas often feature sofas and quality fixtures and fittings, for example lighting and carpet, as well as creature comforts including WIFI and newspapers, with comfort an absolute priority. Designs also usually include vertical landscaping, trees and plants and roof / sky lights to stream natural light.
Another important feature in contemporary food court design is the inclusion of traditional materials and colours to infuse a local feel and to tell a story about the history of the place – but with the materials used in a contemporary way.
MAJOR PROJECT NEWS
Major project news from Broadway Malyan
Practice unveils design for statement towers in central Jakarta
The practice has unveiled designs for a major mixed-use tower development in central Jakarta, Indonesia. ‘7Point8’ will feature two towers with the tallest standing 298m on Jakarta’s central business district skyline, providing a bold statement on the main artery running through Jakarta.
Broadway Malyan was appointed by a joint venture between land owners and leading Jakarta developers including Karya Cipta Group to deliver the concept and schematic design.
In response to the initial brief, the practice re-oriented the proposed development and included two towers connected by a podium structure. The towers are positioned at right angles to each other to match the client’s aspiration that the building should achieve an east-west perspective.
The design is inspired by the ‘alun-alun’ or town squares of Javanse cities, where social, economic and leisure activities take place and buildings feature a square or rectangular walled exterior and a courtyard open to the sky – resulting in the centralisation of the proposed public space within the middle of the site and creation of a significant internal courtyard garden.
7Point8 will combine office, retail, commercial, residential and public space within an integrated building style and contribute to the rejuvenation of Jakarta’s central business district, with the hub set to benefit from direct connections to the new Setiabudi Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station. With no comparable development in Jakarta today, 7Point8 will break new ground in the local market when it launches in phases from mid-2014.
Main Board Director Ian Simpson said: “This high-profile scheme is drawing on the diverse skills, expertise and experience of our global design experts, led by our Singapore-based team which is partnering closely with the client to deliver a world-class landmark development.”
Broadway Malyan is delivering a number of projects in Indonesia including the masterplan for the high-profile 11.7 hectare Cilandak Bisnis Square (CIBIS) project in Jakarta, on behalf of client Bhumyamka Sekawan.
In May it was announced that Jakarta tops the latest edition of consulting firm AT Kearney’s Emerging Cities Outlook (ECO) Index, which focuses on cities from low- to middle-income countries that will most likely progress within the next ten to 20 years.
Practice wins international competition to design new district in Chengdu, China
The practice has won an international competition to design the ‘Chengdu Creative Centre’ – the first phase of a landmark new urban district in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province and a major city in Western China.
The new high-tech business park and mixed use Centre will form the high-profile gateway to the new district which will be named Tianfu New Town. Drawing inspiration from the local surroundings, the masterplan will create an integrated web of office, retail and green public spaces focused around a statement 110m central tower.
The development will set the tone for the future growth of Tianfu New Town and create a new benchmark for sustainable development in the region by halving current energy consumption standards.
Main Board Director Jeremy Salmon said: “This international competition win is testament to our growing reputation in China for delivering schemes that have a real sense of place and establish successful and sustainable centres in growing cities. Our expert design team will now work in close partnership with the wider project team to realise the client’s vision and demonstrate that well-designed urban development in China can create sustainable and environmentally-conscious places.”
Broadway Malyan worked in partnership with Shanghai-based designers the East China Architectural Design & Research Institute (ECADI) and environmental engineers Cundall to beat five international teams in the competition, which was commissioned by the Chengdu Tiantou Real Estate Development Company Limited.
The team’s close partnership and clear design vision were key factors in the competition win and these are now set to benefit the delivery of the masterplan as the project moves forward.
China’s state council has designated Chengdu as the country’s western centre of logistics, commerce, finance, science and technology, as well as a hub of transportation and communication. It is also an important base for manufacturing and agriculture. A previous survey by the World Bank on global investment environments also identified Chengdu as a benchmark city for investment in inland China.
Fifth phase of Broadway Malyan-designed Jumeirah Beach Hotel expansion endorsed
UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has endorsed the fifth phase of Jumeirah Beach Hotel expansion plan, which is set for completion in 2018.
The masterplan vision and concept for the expansion was delivered by the practice on behalf of Jumeirah Group, with the practice’s expert designers in Abu Dhabi and Lisbon, Portugal, partnering closely with the client on the project.
The project will see the addition of a ultra-luxury resort to the existing Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which will comprise 350 hotel rooms with panoramic beachfront views of Burj Al Arab, dedicated new beach offering private beach experiences, recreational marine facilities that encompass spas, health clubs, elevated tennis courts, a world-class sports complex and a range of ocean-facing retail, food and beverage outlets.
The new resort will see extensive expansion of the existing yacht marina doubling its current capacity. It will also offer a variety of vibrant leisure facilities, equipped with state-of-the-art entertainment amenities.
The expansion project is in line with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid’s vision to strengthen Dubai as a global tourism hub and position the Emirate as the number one tourism destination worldwide. It supports the implementation of Dubai Vision 2020 to attract 20 million tourists by 2020.
Jumeirah Group, a global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, currently manages 22 luxury hotels in over ten countries with plans to add ten new hotels to its Dubai portfolio in the next few years.
Leading UK consultants move into refurbished HQ designed by Broadway Malyan
International development and infrastructure consultancy Peter Brett Associates LLP (PBA) has moved into its newly-refurbished HQ in Reading, UK – designed by the practice.
Having partnered with PBA on multiple projects in the UK and overseas, Broadway Malyan has now delivered the major refurbishment of PBA’s 25,000 sq ft Caversham Bridge House – home to 250 of its 600 staff.
Broadway Malyan’s Reading-based team delivered a wide range of architecture and interior design services on the project, resulting in a flexible, motivational and sustainable contemporary workplace for PBAs HQ team.
The design features a new ‘front of house’ space for hosting events and makes a stronger connection between the building and nearby River Thames – while also making more of the views of the River and adjacent landscaped gardens.
It has also enhanced the building’s sustainability credentials, raising its energy performance rating from G to B and earning it a BREEAM excellent rating – while 146 sq m of photo-voltaic panels on the roof have the capability of generating 14.5 kW of power – contributing a 25 per cent reduction in electrical power consumption.
Main Board Director David Anderson said: “The refurbishment is truly transformational, the result of a close partnership between our expert design team and long-standing friends and colleagues at PBA and is set to play a key role in the consultancy’s growth plans.”
Practice appointed by Megaworld to design luxury estates on $1bn township
Megaworld, the leading residential condominium and office developer-landlord in the Philippines, has announced that it is to develop McKinley West – an ultra-high-end township on a 34.5-hectare former JUSMAG (Joint US Military Assistance Group) property in Fort Bonifacio, adjacent to Forbes Park and Manila Polo Club in Manila, the Philippines.
The company is spending $1bn (£619m / PHP45bn) over the next ten years to build the township. As well as featuring a residential village, McKinley West will host a series of luxury residential estates – designed by the practice.
Some of the properties will boast their own swimming pools, state-of-the-art security features and first-of-their-kind luxury amenities. Two to four bedroom suites will cover up to 350 sq m, with penthouse suites featuring two-level floor-to-ceiling windows and private infinity swimming pools. McKinley West will also include a business park with modern office towers, as well as commercial and retail buildings.
Ian Simpson, Main Board Director at Broadway Malyan, said: “This prestigious appointment will draw on the skills and experience of our expert design team and will see us partnering with the top developer in the Philippines to deliver a truly landmark residential scheme. Winning this commission demonstrates the calibre of our rapidly-expanding portfolio of work in the Philippines and how we are supporting clients with genuinely market-moving projects.”
Noli D. Hernandez, Senior Vice President at Megaworld, said: “Following the success of our McKinley West Village which sold out three years ago, McKinley West will provide a luxurious blend of a modern business district and ultra-high-end residential estates that will set a new benchmark in living.”
Megaworld has pioneered the ‘live-work-play-learn’ lifestyle concept for mixed-use communities in the Philippines, which are popularly known as ‘townships’. In addition to McKinley West, the company has nine other townships across the country covering around 300 hectares.
Over the past 25 years, Megaworld has completed more than 320 residential and office buildings with a total area of around 5.6m sq m. It currently has circa 185 residential, office and hotel buildings under development, with a total area of around 5.4m sq m.
Broadway Malyan is delivering a number of high-profile schemes in the Philippines. Earlier this year, the practice’s P1bn 17,000 sq m ‘Century City Mall’ opened to the public, making it the newest retail development in the City of Makati for nearly a decade.
It is also the designer of Trump Tower Manila, which is set to be the tallest residential skyscraper in the Philippines and Manila’s definitive landmark when completed in 2016, as well as the Milano Residences, an upmarket residential project featuring a 53-storey tower which will complete in 2015.