Practice moves up global ranking
Broadway Malyan has moved up to 59th place in the annual World Architecture 100 (WA100) survey, which ranks the world’s largest architecture practices by the number of fee-earning architects employed.
By Managaing Director Gary Whittle
The survey, published by Building Design magazine, also ranked the practice in the top ten practices in the South and Central America regional table and global residential market sector listing (both measured by fee income).
The publication reported on our plans to continue to grow by targeting the education, commercial offices, retail and defence sectors in the UK, while expanding our project portfolio in Latin America, the Middle East, South East Asia and India.
It also highlighted the importance that we place on retaining clients, reporting that 75% of our fee income came from repeat business last year – and also referenced the completion of London’s tallest residential development, ‘The Tower, One St George Wharf’ (UK) and the 9,000-seat National Gymnastics Arena in Azerbaijan – both designed by the practice.
First built project in the Americas
The property division of Carrefour Argentina has opened Terrazas de Mayo, a new shopping centre valued at $29m, the first major commercial project to be completed by the practice in the Americas.
Located 30km west of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Terrazas de Mayo is a new 130,000sqm centre which features 130 shopping outlets. It includes a 10,900sqm Carrefour hypermarket and a 10-screen Cinemark.
The practice’s expert retail design experts in Madrid (Spain) and Santiago (Chile) collaborated to create the concept design for the extension of a former shopping mall on the site, to develop the design and project manage the scheme.
The design concept is inspired by the natural environment and large trees that surround the centre. It features large windows, terraces, skylights and courtyards to integrate the exterior and interior environments and create a bright and engaging experience for visitors.
Director Jorge Ponce Dawson said: “Our expert design team has worked in close partnership with long-standing client Carrefour to deliver its first shopping centre in Argentina, which is also our practice’s first built project in the Americas – having opened studios in Santiago, Chile, in 2013 and São Paulo, Brazil, in 2011.”
Bublé launches Birmingham’s ‘Barclaycard Arena’
Following an eighteen month, £26m redevelopment, the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, UK, has been officially launched as the Barclaycard Arena – with the practice having delivered architecture, landscape architecture and interior design services.
Thousands attended the launch of the Arena, which saw a sell-out show from multi-platinum Grammy award-winner Michael Bublé, who opened the curtain on a new Arena by performing to a crowd of 16,000 fans, including stars of sport and entertainment.
The most dramatic element of the refurbishment is the brand new glass façade overlooking the Brindleyplace canal side development, which includes a dramatic LCD ‘wonderwall’, distinctive copper fins and iconic Sky Needles – all of which create a dynamic sense of arrival for visitors and a focal point in the centre of Birmingham.
Director Neil Rose said: “Working in close partnership with our client, the NEC Group, our expert design team has delivered a new world-class venue. By cloaking the canal-side elevation with an elegant glass façade, which affords four storeys of new bars and restaurants dramatic views over the city, we have been able to project the excitement of the bustling activity going on inside the venue.”
Director stars in 2015 ‘power list’
Ian Apsley, Director and Head of EMEA, has been ranked 18th in the 2015 power list of the ‘most powerful architects in the Middle East’, published by Middle East Architect magazine.
According to the title, the listing is based on a wide range of factors, including number of projects, office locations and locally-based staff.
The ranking is designed to celebrate the ‘inspiration, innovation and social awareness’ of the ‘very best design professionals’ in the region, as well as their ‘ability to understand and develop sustainability’.
Ian’s personal profile reported that Broadway Malyan is ‘one of the main firms responsible for the realisation of the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, which has provided a new benchmark for sporting design in the region’.
It also highlighted that the practice is involved in a series of major developments in the region, including the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai.
Luxury ‘Boutiq’ completes in Singapore
‘The Boutiq’, a luxury 39,972sqft residential apartment-led scheme in the heart of Singapore, designed by the practice, has opened to residents.
The scheme features two 10-storey blocks and provides 130 apartments and penthouses ranging from 506sqft to 2,853sqft, with all units including luxury fixtures and fittings by renowned brands.
It includes a complex of unique communal ‘sky gardens’ and recreational facilities such as a swimming pool and fitness suite, with the development set in tranquil, landscaped grounds.
The design features a distinctive façade playfully inspired by an Irish Tartan pattern and, with a south-facing orientation and use of large windows, plus a passive design approach and use of natural ventilation, a light and airy environment is ensured.
The practice provided architectural and landscape design services to its client, a consortium comprising Heeton Holdings, KSH Holdings and TEE International, resulting in a strong synergy between the architecture and landscape, from ground level up to the sky gardens.
Director Ian Simpson said: “Our expert design team has partnered with the client to deliver an exquisite residential development that offers residents a restful sanctuary from the bustle of the city. The scheme is a strong addition to our global portfolio of market-leading residential projects.”
Wolfson Building opened by royalty
This official completion of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s (LSTM) latest phase of expansion was marked by the opening of the Wolfson Building, a £7m project designed by the practice, by LSTM Patron HRH The Princess Royal.
Director Matt Brook said: “Working in close partnership with our client, we have carried out a major conversion and remodelling of an existing residential building to create a new grade-A workplace fit for a world-leading research institute.”
The design encourages interaction in the building and engenders a united team culture. It includes the creation of several large voids throughout the building linking floors, while the new roof provides a continuous north light, which floods daylight down through the building.
It features an external over-cladding which relates to the work of the Institute, with vertical banding created by perforated panels referencing the ‘bar codes’ created by genome sequencing. The effect is further enhanced by night-time back-lighting, which creates a focal point for the Institute’s expanding campus, and provides glimpses into the building.
Masterplan shortlisted in British Expertise Awards
The vision for the revitalisation of East Village in Calgary, Canada, delivered by Broadway Malyan, has been shortlisted in the British Expertise Awards.
The shortlist celebrates ‘outstanding performers across British construction, development, architecture and infrastructure overseas’ and highlights ‘the cream of UK consulting excellence working abroad’.
Following a rigorous judging process by a panel of authoritative industry experts, chaired by HRH the Duke of Gloucester, the shortlist was drawn ahead of the winners being announced in April.
Acting as a masterplan advisor to the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), the practice delivered a visionary masterplan for a city centre community of 12,000 new residents, transforming former derelict site into one of the most desirable mixed use real estate opportunities in North America.
Most of the land parcels have been sold and are being actively developed. The scheme features renewed and sustainable infrastructure, streetscape and open spaces with public art, as well as a range of new buildings including a national music museum and central library.
Mayor visits Broadway Malyan-designed scheme
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced £225m funding for two new schemes, during a visit to the Erith Park regeneration project in Bexley, London – masterplanned and designed by the practice.
At Erith Park, being delivered by Orbit Group in partnership with Wates Living Space, London Borough of Bexley and the local community, the Mayor unveiled plans to give a major funding boost to accelerate the delivery of new shared ownership homes.
Erith Park has 80 per cent affordable rent and shared ownership homes and the Mayor has awarded £23m to Erith Park from his affordable housing fund.
Boris Johnson said: “Erith Park is testament to the number of well-designed affordable homes that can be delivered with good planning. I want the funding announced today to help thousands more Londoners and create more developments like Erith Park.”
Director Martin Bates said: “The first phase partial occupation of Erith Park, marked by the Mayor’s visit today, is the result of a strong team partnership involving our masterplanning and design experts. It’s a major milestone in the delivery of a truly transformational project that will change lives and make a significant contribution to the Mayor’s vision for new housing in the capital.”
Transformed studio hosting first clients
A full refurbishment of the practice’s Weybridge studio in the UK has created a top-quality environment to support the local team’s integrated working, showcase its latest work and host a new R&D centre – as well as to provide a welcoming environment and engaging experience for clients.
By Regional Board Director Charlotte Wilson
Since Broadway Malyan was founded in Weybridge in 1958, the practice has sustained a large studio in the town, and today it is home to a 120-strong integrated team of architects, masterplanners, interior and landscape designers and graphics experts.
The team has a long-standing track record in the design and delivery of projects for repeat clients. From major to smaller scale, these range from urban extensions, new communities and mixed use developments, through to the detailed delivery of residential developments, workplace and higher education schemes.
In supporting integrated and cross-location working, and through the new R&D centre which will host training sessions and facilitate dialogue with clients and industry partners, the studio redesign will support the practice’s UK-wide strategy which is seeing its six UK-based studios working more closely.
The objective is to further enhance services to clients – by ensuring that the highest standard and widest range of skills, expertise and experience are available to clients, and that the benefits of local knowledge and cross-practice relationships are maximised.
Practice shortlisted to redesign city square
The practice’s growing landscape design and public realm team has been shortlisted in an international open design competition to redesign Centenary Square, in the heart of Birmingham.
The entry was brought together by the practice’s international, UK and locally-based Birmingham design experts, who saw off fierce competition from international entries.
Staged by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Landscape Institute, on behalf of Birmingham City Council, the competition attracted 185 entries from across the world.
The judging panel said that it was ‘delighted that two Birmingham practices had managed to reach the shortlist despite the large number of entries from across the globe’, adding that the competition was a tremendous opportunity ‘to show how innovative thoughtful design can transform a major public space’.
Director James Rayner said: “This is great opportunity for our expert team to be involved in enhancing the role and function of one Birmingham’s most important civic spaces. Our proposal draws on the history of the area, Birmingham’s vision as one of Europe’s leading cities and our experience in creating landmark spaces.”
Imperial Wharf wins national landscape award
The Broadway Malyan-designed landscape and public realm at the Imperial Wharf boulevard and parkland in London, UK, won contractor Elite Landscapes an award at the 2014 British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) Awards.
The award recognises the completion of the final phase of the public park and Thames river-walk, which started in 2005, and is now established as one of London’s newest public parks on the north bank of the River Thames.
It also covers the redesign and implementation of the main boulevard entrance at Imperial Wharf, which was reconfigured to create a more open and welcoming arrival, and features granite and york stone paving, water features, new planting, lighting and media signage.
Director of Landscape Architecture Allan Cox said: “The awards celebrate exceptionally high standards of professionalism and skill in the execution of landscape schemes and are respected in the UK and internationally as one of the industry’s highest accolades. It’s pleasing that the award has been secured on the back of our team’s design.”