Practice Enjoys Success During RIBA Awards Season
Broadway Malyan’s Mann Island scheme in Liverpool has won a prestigious Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) North West Award, honouring the best new projects in the north west of England. A further Broadway Malyan scheme, the flagship Waitrose store in Chester, was also nominated.
The high-profile, mixed-use development is situated at the heart of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage waterfront next to the famous “Three Graces”. It takes the form of three abstract angular buildings that create a series of new public spaces leading down to the waterfront.
The award was presented to Broadway Malyan’s Liverpool studio director and project leader, Matt Brook, at the RIBA Awards ceremony in central Manchester earlier in the year.
Dave King, presenting the award, praised the decision of the architects to avoid competing with the high-profile neighbours, calling the scheme an “interesting and well-mannered addition to the city, which is most apparent when viewed from the river”.
Speaking after receiving the award Matt said that it was “recognition of an imaginative and sensitive scheme and a worthy addition to Liverpool’s famous waterfront”.
He added: “I think that we have created something that the firm and the City of Liverpool can be very proud of.”
Warszawa Główna Masterplan Revealed
The delivery of a new city quarter at Warszawa Główna came a step closer with the unveiling of Broadway Malyan’s winning masterplan for the site.
Główna railway station, which was Warsaw’s main rail hub until its closure in 1975, will be substantially redeveloped as a new transport hub, within a major mixed-use scheme including retail, office, residential, cultural and leisure space.
The project is the result of a comprehensive feasibility study and pre-planning by Immofinanz Group which will act as developer alongside PKP, the landowner. Broadway Malyan has provided concept design and initial masterplanning services. The project will be implemented in phases over 10 years.
Director Robert Kaminski said: “Our designs will transform the Główna site with a new railway station and help create a vibrant, attractive and connected new part of the city.
“This is about a sustainable and well-balanced masterplan for TOD and regeneration on a wider scale. Our vision is for Główna to become a destination in its own right, to become a highly integrated part of the city and to be a catalyst for further regeneration of Warsaw’s Wola district.”
Chinese Downturn All About Context
Recent market turmoil in China has led to worries that the construction industry could be affected; however Broadway Malyan Director Jeremy Salmon believes that opportunities remain strong.
By Jeremy Salmon
The Chinese stock market is a relatively new creation of the Chinese government designed in part to provide an alternative investment outlet for domestic private wealth other than the property market and conventional low interest savings formats.
As a consequence of the recent crash and apparent loss of faith from these investors, if anything, we might now see a return of capital to property investment. Tier-one cities continue to see a rebalancing of residential values for example.
The recent volatility and supposed panic should therefore only be taken into consideration if you’re playing a very short-term game, and we are not.
Broadway Malyan is nearly two thirds into a ten-year strategy to establish the brand in China, and this is in itself only the first phase of our overall planning. We have established ourselves as market leading architects in the retail, retail-led mixed-use and education sectors and we are now looking to bring two further areas of our global expertise to the market, namely senior living and hospitality.
Ultimately for practices looking to grow opportunities in China, you cannot get away from the fundamentals and they remain a massively urbanising and aspirational nation looking to consistently raise standards of living.
That means significant long-term opportunity for focused practices who can package and deliver the design services that are relevant to a revenue based economy that is rapidly and inevitably emerging.
An extract of these comments was initially used in the Architect’s Journal (26 August 2015).
Prestigious Medical Centre Reaches Completion
The $100 million Centuria Medical Makati in the business district of Makati City has been completed and will open later this year. The building takes the form of a 28-storey tower block, made visually stimulating by the use of a bespoke and dynamic façade.
The world class medical centre, developed by Philippine developer Century Properties will provide leading-edge services for patients and employ more than 600 doctors with a diverse range of medical expertise.
Director Ian Simpson said “Our work on the Centre adds to the firm’s strong track record in medical centre design. It sits along successful projects such as the National Heart Centre, National University Hospital and Health City Novena.
“Intelligent and effective design contributes to the physical and mental well-being of patients. This is why we thought beyond the traditional functions of a hospital to create a holistic, attractive and strong-performing space to help aid patient recovery and cater for their every need.
The new medical centre forms part of the pioneering Century City development which also includes the Broadway Malyan designed Trump Tower, Milano Residences and Century City Mall.
Madrid Studio Turns 15
On September 10th Broadway Malyan’s Madrid studio celebrated its 15th anniversary with a rooftop party at the ME Madrid Reina Victoria Hotel, overlooking the Plaza da Santa Ana in central Madrid.
More than 200 guests joined the event including employees past and present as well as clients and other esteemed members of the Spanish real estate and investment community. It was a time to celebrate and to reflect on the last 15 years, which have seen incredible success for the studio in spite of tough economic times.
The studio started under the direction of Jeremy Salmon, now leading our Shanghai studio, and his international and outward-looking philosophy still distinguishes the practice. This is evident from the 2013 opening of the Santiago studio in Chile, which was led from Madrid.
Speaking at the event, current studio director Jorge Ponce said: “Broadway Malyan Spain has overcome the crisis and has become the most active international studio in Spain. Our clients, now great friends, keep coming back to us giving us consistency and confidence for the future.”
“But nothing would have been possible without the professionalism and humanity of our expert team in Madrid. It’s clear to me that they are the main reason we are celebrating our first 15 years in Spain”.
In the photograph from left to right: Javier Zamorano, Carrefour Property; Jorge Ponce, Broadway Malyan; Fernando Sánchez de las Matas, Wanda Madrid Development.
London Needs a City Region Strategy
Broadway Malyan Director of Masterplanning James Rayner has called on the UK government to adopt a “City Region” strategy for London, noting that the UK is the only advanced economy in the world that does not think about its major cities in this way.
By James Rayner
The relationship between our major cities and their surrounding sub-regions needs rethinking. Arbitrary borders can no longer be allowed to control policy and adopting strategic planning is essential for the UK’s sustainable growth and a key factor in solving the housing crisis.
A strategic city-region approach remains an elusive part of the National Planning Policy Framework. Introducing this approach can help to ensure that new housing is not incrementally delivered and is instead directed to appropriate areas where it can be properly connected to transit and regeneration opportunities.
This would involve, for example, re-thinking the Green Belt, something we called for in the build up to the UK election earlier in the year. Low-quality green belt land, along existing or proposed railway lines and stations should be freed up to create new communities as part of the solution to the housing crisis.
The problem is that, without a city-region approach, piecemeal development will continue, providing the wrong types of housing and infrastructure in the wrong places.
The UK remains an exception, in that it has turned away from a City-Region approach that can help bring together infrastructure, transit, employment, housing and leisure in a more comprehensive way.
Margarida Caldeira Wins Merit Award
Main Board Director Margarida Caldeira has won the Merit Award at the annual Magazine Imobiliário Personality Awards 2015. The awards recognise those who make an outstanding contribution to Portugal in the fields of real estate, construction, the environment and tourism.
Margarida, who leads the firm’s teams in Lisbon and São Paulo, collected the award at a ceremony at the Hotel Tryp Lisbon on September 24th.
Joaquim Pereira de Almeida, Director of Magazine Imobiliário, spoke before calling on architect João Paciência to present Margarida with the award, saying, “Margarida has won the recognition and affection of all with whom she has worked, both in Portugal and abroad. Her youth hides an enormous professional and personal maturity”.
Speaking after receiving the award Margarida said: “I’m delighted and honoured to receive this prestigious award, but I would like to share it with the fantastic team that I have the privilege to lead – without them, none of this would be possible!”
Birmingham Beorma Scheme Submitted
Kuwait based property group Salhia has submitted a detailed planning application for the next phase of the regeneration of the Beorma Quarter in central Birmingham, which has been designed by the practice.
The scheme consists of a new 30-storey office and residential tower, which is set to become the third tallest building in the city and dramatically transform the Birmingham skyline. Two further blocks, of 14 and 10 storeys respectively complete the development.
The £150 million scheme will bring long-awaited change to a semi-derelict site in the heart of the city next to the landmark Selfridges store and has been welcomed by business leaders who have long decried the city’s lack of office space.
The main tower will feature 11 storeys of office space below 18 floors of residential, while the secondary towers will offer further office space.
Director Neil Rose said: “Beorma represents a significant vote of confidence in Birmingham. With the economic recovery and inward investment in the city gathering pace we are proud to be part of such an extensive and exciting project – breathing new life into an important part of the city and paving the way for more high quality development.”
Trends in Shopping Centre Design
Broadway Malyan Chairman Stuart Rough believes that the UK and Europe can learn a lot from the Chinese approach to shopping centre dining.
By Stuart Rough
Food is, to put it simply, something that matters. For those of us involved in designing shopping centres, there are very interesting questions to be asked about the role, power and requirements of in-mall dining.
In Asia, food and dining are frequently a much more significant part of the space and mix. Food is a destination, and in China for example, ratios are frequently double European levels and even as high as 40% of total space in one project we are designing.
Asia – and China in particular – is very different in terms of the quality of dining format and experience. And alongside the focus on quality, there is also a tremendous variety of offer.
Owners are using food as a key differentiator in a competitive market and so designing great dining spaces and having a quality food offer is making the difference between centres that are succeeding and those that are struggling.
Food is also fundamental in making malls family destinations and that is what developers want.
I would expect to see some of this thinking coming across to the UK and Europe. Great food paired with great design is always an attractive combination in my opinion.
These comments were initially used by Estates Gazette in its Retail and Leisure Supplement (5 September 2015).