Welcome to the fourth edition of Broadway Malyan’s Dispatches
Welcome from Chairman Stuart Rough
Welcome to the fourth edition of Dispatches, the quarterly e-zine of global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, designed to provide our clients and contacts with regular practice news, insight and analysis.
Thanks to those of you who contacted us about our ‘Caffeine Report’ research in edition three, which looked at the Spanish retail market place. We hope that those of you who requested the full report found it an informative read.
Edition four includes a ‘Global Update’ which reports on the opening of our studio in Chile and a move by The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to sign a lease on new premises at Mann Island in Liverpool, UK, designed by the practice. It also includes news of a MIPIM Asia Award win and the launch of ‘Building Momentum’, a new book that tells the story of Broadway Malyan.
It also features ‘Expert View’ features from Director David Anderson who urges the UK public sector to take advantage of anticipated legislation to dispose of its ‘dinosaur buildings’, Director Ian Apsley on the value of international experience in the roll out of new building codes in Abu Dhabi and Director Ed Baker on smart cities risking ignoring the human experience. We conclude with ‘Major Project News’ – including the completion of Lisbon International Airport, Portugal (pictured above).
Dispatches is more than just about one-way communication. It is about creating a platform for conversing and engaging with you through market research and sharing insights and opinions. Your engagement and feedback on our news and thinking will inform our decision-making, enhance our dialogue and strengthen our relationship.
Ultimately, it will enable us to improve the quality, range and reach of our services in response to your needs, develop our practice to be the best architectural, urbanism and design partner for your business – and deliver what we call a ‘return on design’ and lasting value for clients to drive the future success of both of our organisations.
Practice opens studio in Chile, wins MIPIM Asia award and launches new book
Global Update from Managing Director Gary Whittle
Broadway Malyan has acquired Antonio Prado Arquitectura Comercial, an 11-strong architecture and interior design practice based in Santiago, Chile.
Since 2010, the two practices have collaborated on projects in Chile, primarily drawing on the skills, expertise and experience of Broadway Malyan’s long-established team in Madrid, Spain.
The move is part of our strategy to grow our business across the Latin America region, which is seeing us draw on the cultural and language connections shared by our teams based in Madrid, Lisbon and São Paulo.
Chile’s economy has recently been boosted by a surge in investment, with the country’s GDP rising 4.1 per cent from last year, and the country sets the benchmark in the development of department stores in the global retail sector. Chile-based retail developers and operators lead the way across the Latin American region and are actively expanding their presence and exporting their retail formula.
Antonio Prado Arquitectura has a strong reputation in the national and regional retail sector, an impressive project portfolio and enviable client base – including leading retail developers and operators such as Cencosud, Ripley, Banca Ripley, GES Corporation, Hewlett Packard and Movistar.
Our objective is to ensure that our combined team of world-class design experts is the partner of choice for current and new clients in Chile and Spanish-speaking Latin America, as well as the wider region, across a wide range of sectors including masterplanning and mixed use.
Our team in Chile will be headed by Broadway Malyan Director Jorge Ponce Dawson, who will continue to lead our Madrid-based team in Spain, while Antonio Prado will become Director of Architecture and lead the local team.
In other news, Singapore-based Director of Masterplanning Ed Baker has been promoted to main board Director. This strategic appointment is a sign of our intent to consolidate the growth of our practice in SE Asia on the back of recent project wins and reinforce our successful regional business strategy, which is seeing us firmly focus on growing our project portfolio in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Ed has a wealth of international experience, he will add weight to our senior leadership team and management credentials in the SE Asia region and help our integrated team of expert architects, masterplanners and designers, unrivalled in diversity, partner with clients to deliver world-class places and sustainable communities with social and economic purpose.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has signed the lease on new premises at Mann Island in Liverpool, UK, designed by the practice. Opening in late 2014, it will offer a range of public spaces including a museum-quality gallery, in addition to offices for RIBA staff.
Bhartiya City, a new city spanning 125 acres in North Bangalore, India, has been named by MIPIM Asia, the property leaders’ summit in Asia Pacific, as a winning project in the 7th edition of the MIPIM Asia Awards. The practice is providing a wide range of design services on the project which has been announced as a winner in the ‘Best Futura Mega Project’ category.
Finally, the practice has launched ‘Building Momentum’, a new hard-backed coffee table book that tells the story of Broadway Malyan. Please email us to request a copy.
Expert views from Broadway Malyan
Director David Anderson: Urging the UK public sector to dispose of its dinosaur buildings
The UK Department of Communities and Local Government has recently closed consultation on allowing local authorities to use the money raised from selling public assets to improve local services, with a policy update due in the coming weeks.
Currently, capital receipts may only be used for financing the acquisition or construction of new assets, unless councils gain express permission from central government. The new measure could see up to £1bn in public property receipts re-invested into frontline services and is designed to prevent councils from hoarding assets.
In today’s tough economic climate councils need to embrace this opportunity to take responsibility and re-configure their property assets to best serve the needs of the community. The stark reality is that the vast majority of the estimated £234bn of local authority-owned assets are not in great shape. It is rare to walk into a truly impressive and memorable local authority building, one that local people are proud of and can see working for them as local tax payers and voters.
Our experience is that the vast majority of public sector assets have long been under managed, resulting in a waste of valuable resources and second-rate facilities for employees and members of the public alike. We see plenty of inefficient publicly-owned buildings that could be disposed of with the proceeds used to fund local services and realise better and more efficient council buildings.
For example, bringing different functions into single flexible public sector hubs can not only release prime development opportunities and generate short term design and construction activity to boost the economy, but it has the potential to lay the foundations for better and more efficient services and built assets.
Hoarding assets until the market improves will perpetuate inefficiencies and poor quality accommodation, whilst cutting services helps no one and least of all local people.
Therefore, we welcome the idea of enabling local authorities to make local decisions about what to sell off and how to re-invest the funds. We support a more devolved approach and a rule change permitting the disposal of buildings that are not working and the reinvestment of funds into frontline services and better, modern and more flexible accommodation.
As expert designers, we want to see efficient, high-quality and well-designed buildings delivering value for the occupiers and for the community and we believe that something must be done to shake up the status quo and ensure we see more authorities making more use of better buildings.
The proposed rule change would be a solution for clearing up some of the dinosaur buildings that are all still too commonplace and for getting on with designing and creating a new and better generation of buildings that meet the expectations of a cost savvy and value for money-focused electorate.
Pictured above is the Operational Command Unit in Southampton, UK, designed by Broadway Malyan.
Director Ian Apsley: International experience will count with new Abu Dhabi building codes
The Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) has announced that the voluntary implementation of the Abu Dhabi International Building Codes has started on governmental projects for one year, before the codes are made compulsory on government projects in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi from October 2014.
The DMA has also said that it will cooperate with the private sector and strategic partners to enhance the implementation of the codes across both the public and private sectors, given the positive impact of the codes on the quality of the projects and wider construction industry.
We welcome the introduction of codes because they will make the design and build of projects safer and more efficient – such as through greater clarity in the planning process to help ensure a more streamlined approvals process – and drive up energy-efficiency standards.
As a practice with 16 global studios, codes based on international best practice will enable our expert designers to share knowledge to a greater extent and partner with clients to deliver safer, higher-quality and greener buildings for occupants and users in the region.
While codes of practice are widely used in the various Emirates forming the UAE, there are often ambiguities which require consultants and building owners to negotiate with the various Municipalities on the application and interpretation of such codes. Negotiation can be a sticking point and the new standard set of codes will create a faster and smoother development approvals process.
The changes will also make the design process for new properties more efficient. In common with many global design practices, Broadway Malyan has the capacity to allocate resources and different skill sets from a number of different offices to specific projects across the world.
By introducing a new consistent and transparent building standard in Abu Dhabi, cross-office global working will become much easier – improving the efficiency and speed of the design process and delivering greater value to developers and investors. In a competitive global market, where consistency and reliability of regulations are crucial, this will make Abu Dhabi an even more attractive location to invest.
Although sustainable new projects are being built across the Emirate – district-wide cooling schemes are an obvious example – the new codes reinforce the importance of designing sustainable, resource-efficient buildings.
That is to be welcomed as it will encourage the design and delivery of new buildings which not only have less impact on the environment, but which are more attuned to the demands of international occupiers. Higher-quality and more resilient properties can only be good news.
Director Ed Baker: Smart cities risk ignoring the human experience
The continued rise of the global city and the rise of the so-called ‘smart city’ was the key topic at the World Islamic Economic Forum, held on 29th and 31st October, with the potential of new developments in ‘smart’ technology discussed in terms of helping to deliver improved quality of life, economic productivity and international collaboration.
October also saw the creation of a new smart cities forum in the UK, which will include ministers, executives and academics and is designed to help the UK capitalise on the potential of the global market (predicted to be worth $400bn by 2020) for intelligent technologies that promise to make cities greener, more efficient and cheaper to run.
However, in our view some smart city proposals read more like manuals for new laptops rather than strategies to create places where people will live and work.
Too often the smart city debate is laden with technological references and futuristic images of Blade Runner-type cityscapes. Technology can be the means, but there should be more focus on the people who live in the cities and the design of better places, whether that is improved learning environments, better designed open spaces or promoting access to the arts.
On Bandar Malaysia, for example, our expert global masterplanning team is exploring the relationship between better-connected environments and the creative industries as an economic driver. The solution may be a technological one, but equally it could be the creation of more and better-designed physical spaces for networking and interaction.
This includes a diverse range of design ideas from interactive art and playgrounds, digital culture centres to educate and develop digital skills, and the creation of a crowd sourcing website for urban agriculture to coordinate growing distribution and delivery to local shops and restaurants.
We are actively partnering with clients to demystify the concept of smart cities and believe in a softer, human-focused approach, to enhance and sustain built, natural and social environments, create vibrant, integrated and mixed-use communities with social and economic purpose and foster creativity and innovation – with technology a critical but single factor.
MAJOR PROJECT NEWS
Major project news from Broadway Malyan
Broadway Malyan-designed airport scheme completes in Portugal
The final phase of a five-year ‘airside’ repositioning of Lisbon International Airport has officially been completed and opened to passengers, with the retail planning and interior design led by Broadway Malyan.
The multi-phase project, for client ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, the Portuguese National Airports Authority, features an extension to the existing terminal building, as well as a significant upgrade of the retail offer and public concourses, with the phased approach enabling the Airport to continue to operate.
The project has resulted in over 22,000sqm of retail and passenger space being remodelled. This includes the redesign of the terminal foodcourt and public areas and also the design of the retail and public spaces of the new expanded airport areas, the north pier and the central waiting lounge and associated shop units.
The project, led by the practice’s Lisbon-based team, will ensure that the airport meets the changing needs of airport traffic, while also creating a more open and welcoming environment for passengers. The new retail opportunities have attracted a number of international high-end fashion retailers including Burberry, Mont Blanc and Ralph Lauren. French retailer FNAC is also set to open a new store.
Stuart Rough, Chairman of Broadway Malyan and who led the design project, said: “Airports are more than gateways which passengers pass through and they should project the excitement of travel, while offering comfort and a wide-range of high-quality retail experiences and waiting facilities.
“Our design meets these aspirations, delivers retail and interior spaces which will transform travellers’ experiences, creating a gateway to Portugal’s capital city. It is a testament to our world-class team of retail and interior design experts working in close partnership with our long-standing client to realise its vision.”
Broadway Malyan’s project enhances the quality of the existing and new spaces. It creates different places and different ambiences along the route taken by passengers, while employing a coherent architectural language for the intervention as a whole.
The redesigned interiors reveal the conceptual purpose of adding a ‘sense of place’, by creating a particular atmosphere for this specific airport. This is apparent from the use of traditional Portuguese architectural elements, shapes and colours, reinterpreted to an unexpected and contemporary use.
Practice celebrates completion of one the UK’s largest FE colleges
Broadway Malyan has completed the delivery of a new further education facility for 2,500 students, teaching and support staff in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.
Furness College comprises 14,500sqm of new build as well as an additional 4,000sqm of existing, refurbished building and new sports facilities, making it one of the largest further education colleges in the UK.
The delivery of the scheme – which took place over more than five years in a phased development – saw the introduction of a unified campus with all departments brought together under ‘one roof’. This approach addressed the challenges presented by the fractured nature of the former college site where courses were being delivered from seven independent buildings.
Broadway Malyan’s design of the new College building provides flexible, integrated teaching and social areas for users, whilst creating a landmark building which optimises its location close to the sea front. In addition, it anticipates changing educational requirements and the future growth of the College through the incorporation of adaptable spaces.
Tim Brown, Director of Architecture at Broadway Malyan, comments: “We worked closely with the College to realise its vision of uniting the various departments and provide an equality of status across all subjects.
“In addition, our design has incorporated a number of public-facing spaces that help to redefine the College’s relationship with the local community. Successful delivery is testament to the expertise of our education design experts and their distinctive approach to client partnering.”
One key design element is the external terrace. This allows improved circulation through the site to be raised, linking the new and existing buildings and creating a sheltered external environment for students to meet.
The building envelope has also been redesigned and been wrapped in sheet copper, producing an attractive facade which is also sufficiently robust to endure the hostile weather conditions associated with coastal locations.
The curved form – which allows the building to step up from the street frontage to provide stunning views across the town of Barrow and Walney Channel – has become the identifying symbol of the College’s new branding.
Anne Atwood, Principal and CEO of Furness College said: “I have nothing but praise for the team which has created a building which far surpasses our expectations. The empathy shown by the architect is apparent as you tour the campus.”
The capital costs for the project were £31 million, funded by the former Learning and Skills Council (LSC).
Broadway Malyan-designed 17-hectare mega healthcare city launched in Singapore
Plans have been announced for a mega integrated healthcare hub, to be built around Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore, designed by Broadway Malyan.
‘Health City Novena’ is spearheaded by Tan Tock Seng Hospital, the National Healthcare Group and Singapore Health Ministry, and will serve patients in Central Singapore, where the local population is aging faster than the rest of the country.
Broadway Malyan’s Singapore-based team is delivering the detailed masterplan, architectural and landscape design services, in collaboration with Surbana International Consultants, which is leading on project management and engineering services.
The scheme will link existing healthcare facilities and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine to create the largest healthcare complex in Singapore, which will also host a new National Skin Centre.
It will offer a full range of acute to intermediate and long-term care and holistic care services, including wider research and education, commercial, leisure and public spaces.
When complete in 2030 it will serve 30,000 patients, visitors, staff, students and residents a day, double the current 15,000 who visit Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
Existing low-rise old buildings will be replaced with space-efficient multi-storey blocks to increase the floor space from 250,000 to 600,000sq m, the number of beds will be increased by 25 per cent to 2,200 and ten buildings will be physically connected, including Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
Broadway Malyan’s community-focused design philosophy will deliver a highly-sustainable complex with a large, central open space featuring a new plaza, aimed at putting the community at the heart of the inter-connected buildings.
Practice Director Ian Simpson said: “The public launch is a major milestone in the delivery of this exciting project and our team of world-class masterplanning and design experts is working in close partnership with the client’s team to deliver a scheme which transforms the experience of patients and the range of healthcare services in Central Singapore.”
Practice secures 1,000-bed student scheme in Krakow
The practice’s Warsaw-based team has won a competition to design a major residential refurbishment scheme for students at the prestigious Jagiellonian University Collegium Medicum, in Krakow, Poland.
The 17,500sqm scheme, located at one of Europe’s leading universities, will be delivered for client Bouygues which is managing the project – and it is set to be one of the first such projects in Poland to be delivered wholly via a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
It will see three existing 10-storey accommodation blocks, originally built during the Soviet era, overhauled through an internal reconfiguration, full refurbishment and new façade design.
A pavilion building housing educational and administrative facilities will also be partially refurbished and a wide range of new recreational and sports facilities, including a multi-purpose pitch, volleyball and tennis courts and running track, will be built on the four hectare site.
The concept design aims to create a strong sense of place and an environment which emphasises a community feel. Large common rooms will host combined kitchen space, sitting rooms and leisure space, creating central hubs of activity on each floor. The design also features additional shared facilities on each ground floor, with sitting areas and cafés adjacent to receptions.
The design is currently going through a design review process as the basis of a building permit application scheduled for April 2014.
Warsaw-based Director of Architecture Robert Kaminski said: “The appointment is a further success for our strategy in Poland, which is aimed at growing our local team and widening our project portfolio across sectors, on the back of our strong reputation in the retail sector.
“This is seeing us targeting our highly-competitive, multi-sector and country-wide design services to local developer, contractor, local authority and operator clients, as well as drawing on the world-class expertise of our global design experts, such as in the education sector, to ensure that we are the design partner of choice for international clients in Poland and wider region.”
The scheme is part of the drive by leading Polish universities to attract first-class international students, with high-quality contemporary accommodation, on campus and close to academic, commercial and cultural facilities, now a key part of student recruitment.
Broadway Malyan believes that PPP is poised to be one of the most effective methods of raising the standard of existing, underperforming buildings in Poland, particularly in the student accommodation sector, which is relatively underdeveloped and characterised by stable demand and low risk.
The practice is currently involved in a number of other early-stage PPP projects, which are structured in varying ways, with public and private universities across Poland.