Masterplan creates a digital future for Thailand by Broadway Malyan

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Proposals for a new 100-hectare digital park were presented at a leading industry event today, heralding a major step forward in Thailand’s digital aspirations.

Digital Park Thailand, located in the Sri Racha district of the Chonburi Province, was unveiled at The Digital Thailand Big Bang Conference 2017. The site will be aimed predominately at digital and technology industries and it is anticipated that over 58,000 people will live and work there.

The new district will be developed over the next 10 to 15 years and is within the EEC SEZ, a special economic zone. As well as promoting digital industries, there will be a range of science and education facilities, and the creation of a new residential community.

It will also support and complement existing industries and people in the area, including existing schools, universities, and sectors including automotive and agriculture.  

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The Thung Suk La Road runs alongside the site and the proposals also suggest a direct connection of the proposed high speed rail link and new station at Sri Racha, providing further connectivity that will significantly boost the success of the development.

The masterplan has been designed by an international consortium including Broadway Malyan, Savills and the TEAM Group, and will see the creation of various specialist clusters focused around a central park and retail and lifestyle hub. This will include a hotel and MICE facilities to support the business community within the Digital Park.

Modelled on a campus style approach, the aspiration is to create a complete digital ecosystem with clusters focused on Digital Media and Immersive Content; Applied Digital, IOT and ICT; Medical, Healthcare and Wellness; Data Centres; Robotics; Automotive and Aviation; and a specialist Digital University.

The plan will be structured around a ‘digital boulevard’ and green connector linking the different clusters and a sizeable living zone will offer a range of quality housing designed within a lush, landscape setting, in close proximity to community facilities. It will be pedestrian and cyclist friendly and have access to a public transport network of local buses connecting to a wider transit system including the High Speed Rail and major airports.

Ed Baker, director at Broadway Malyan, said: “While the project has been benchmarked against international best practice for planning technology parks and workplaces, we are aiming to create an urban campus which is truly unique to Thailand.

“The design includes lots of greenery and community spaces, to provide an attractive environment for people and an interesting juxtaposition with the various technology and science based activities that will take place here. A connected network of shared, open spaces will promote a culture of collaboration across the campus and become a setting for events.

 “The master plan will deliver both a smart and sustainable campus. In keeping with the digital theme, we will be looking to incorporate a number of smart features within the plan including operating systems to help efficiently manage the campus, technologies to improve transport connectivity and platforms to create a connected business community.

“Our aspiration is that as part of a ‘living lab’ approach many of the technologies tested within the park will be developed by the companies that reside there, including established larger businesses and innovative start-ups.”

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John Timms, Regional Director Development Management, at Savills said: “The timing of the Digital Park presents a huge opportunity for the nation to catch the wave of growth stimulated by the global tech boom, especially the Internet of Everything (“IOE”) and Big Data.

“For this project to be a success, it is essential we meet the ambitions of Thailand 4.0, leverage the enhanced regulations and incentives of the Eastern Economic Corridor’s (“EEC”), and mesh with the national and regional upgrading of IT infrastructure.

“These challenges, whilst bringing new layers of complexity to the development model, nonetheless offer an exciting opportunity to create a vibrant world-class environment for end-users, entrepreneurs, corporate occupiers, investors and partners across the region and country.”

The first phases will focus on the construction of a data centre cluster as well as the IOT Institute building. The Institute will include a mix of uses, such as research, teaching and conferencing and offices. The institute will seek to attract a number of anchor tenants, representing the key cluster industries within the Digital Park.

The development supports the Thailand 4.0 initiative and Thailand’s Digital Government Plan 2017-2021. Launched in March 2017, the plan details the government’s aims to develop digital capabilities in a range of sectors including agriculture, tourism, education, health, investment, disaster prevention, and public administration, in order to drive economic and social progress.

 

Retail expertise showcased at key conference in India by Broadway Malyan

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Broadway Malyan has presented at a leading retail conference in Mumbai with a special ‘masterclass’ on the changing face of retail.

Group Chairman Stuart Rough gave a talk at the India Retail Forum (IRF) 2017, associated with MAPIC, the world’s biggest retail conference, which was followed by an interactive session and a panel discussion.

Aimed at groups of approximately 40 delegates, the ‘masterclass’ sessions covered a diverse range of topics in more detail than the main conference sessions, offering people the chance to interact with experts in a workshop style environment.

Stuart led one of these sessions with Ernesto Zabarte from the practice’s Singapore studio and Neha Momoya and Ritesh Bafna, both from the Mumbai studio, focusing on retail refurbishment and repositioning.

He said: “A successful repositioning can significantly improve the performance of your retail centre across all key metrics including customer spend, footfall and dwell time.

“Repositioning can involve looking at anything from the brand and tenant mix, through to large scale extensions and refurbishments, to smaller, focused improvements in targeted areas.

“In the session we focused on the latest trends in retail and how these are impacting on mall designs. This ranged from an increasing diversification of offer in F&B as well as changes caused by technologies such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and robotics how retailers are offering more personalisation driven by big data.”

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Stuart also participated in a panel discussion focused on the future of retail environments and whether a move towards retail-led resorts would deliver the experiences that customers are increasingly demanding and desiring.

“Resort style designs bring a much larger focus on leisure and activity within the retail mix. We are seeing larger shopping centre owners and developers looking at adding things like museums, theme parks, aquariums and sport and leisure facilities to schemes to create further interest and secure people’s attention and spending for much longer”, he added.

“These become 24/7 destinations in their own right and seek to offer something for everyone.”

 

Broadway Malyan designed mall completes in Hefei, China by Broadway Malyan

A new retail-led destination designed by Broadway Malyan has completed in Eastern China.

ID Mall is located in Hefei, the capital city of the Anhui Province, and includes a 70,000sqm shopping mall on five levels, 15,000sqm supermarket and 45,000sqm office tower incorporating cinema, food court and rooftop restaurant.

The office tower, which has achieved a “Green Star” rating, rises to 150 meters in height and has an impressive 70% area efficiency. The office space has been designed at Grade A standard to attract high-end occupiers.

Broadway Malyan was appointed by CITIC Capital to provide masterplanning and architectural design services for the scheme.

Sean Li, Director at Broadway Malyan, said: “It is a challenging market for retailers and mall operators so we wanted to design something that was vibrant, high quality, and would attract people to the site.

“It is positioned as a leisure and shopping destination for young families, and the mix of uses and design was carefully thought out to ensure that they all complemented each other.

“This is one of the first schemes to be delivered in the BinHu development zone and we hope that this will inspire more development in the future as this is a key location.”

The design concept utilises the form of waves to express movement and activity and reflect its lakeside location. The original layout was inspired by the historic textures of the site’s agricultural land.

This philosophy extends to the roof, where green spaces have been created on top of the building, with a series of leisure spaces including a gallery.

The site is connected to a Metro station and integrated through well-designed public realm and landscaping that highlights the contours of the site and carefully considers the relationships between the different buildings, creating exciting streets to draw people into the area.

A number of international brands have already been attracted to the mall including H&M, Adidas and Muji.

 
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‘Retail Insights’ session shares future trends in India by Broadway Malyan

Broadway Malyan has led a series of seminars on the latest trends in India’s retail sector.

Aimed at developers, investors and occupiers, the events provided a targeted learning and networking opportunity for delegates.

Hosted in New Delhi and Mumbai, the sessions comprised presentations from a number of Broadway Malyan’s leading designers including global retail sector lead Jeremy Salmon, Mumbai studio lead Ankit Kamboj; and Karishma Dorai, one of the practice’s experts in identity, branding and wayfinding.

Jeremy said: “Retail is evolving faster than ever and it is fundamental that we continually reconsider current trends, as well as next gen innovations and new approaches gained from the increasingly collaborative exercise of creating successful retail experiences that improve customer engagement.

 “The information era has created an exciting time for the sector, with more focus on making better places that truly engage with customers and provide them with different experiences and interactions to make their visits more than just shopping.

“This is relevant everywhere, whether emerging or emerged markets, and the pace at which the customer is evolving through communications and technology far out strips the ability of the economic infrastructure to keep pace so we are constantly developing new strategies.

“Our expertise in architecture and design can drive success but only when fully engaged with all the other component parts, activities and thinking that create fully activated placemaking.”

The talks covered a range of topics underpinned by three specific trends driving change in the sector: increasing urbanisation as people relocate into fast growing cities in India, the continued impact of globalisation on purchasing power and product availability, and increasing levels of connectivity.

Ankit Kamboj, added: “As an international practice we place high importance on sharing knowledge and ideas throughout the different regions to ensure that we provide our clients with the best possible solutions.

“Our clients and partners tell us that events like these provide useful context and ideas for their businesses, and I think it is well timed. Based on our current projects and the number of enquiries we are fielding, we believe that India is approaching another boom in the retail sector, both in repositioning and refurbishment work and new build.”

Broadway Malyan is working on a number of retail projects in India including schemes in Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai.

The events were the first in a series of sector-led Insight sessions, which will be led by Ritesh Bafna, our BD and Finance Associate. He added: “These sessions will drive conversations and knowledge sharing like never before as we bring together the entire value chain both in new and familiar markets.”


 

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Ground broken at innovative international school in Singapore by Broadway Malyan

A ground breaking ceremony was held to celebrate the start onsite of the S$232m Nexus International School (Singapore). 

Completing in 2020, the new school is located in Aljunied, central Singapore. Designed by Broadway Malyan, the concept is for a “vertical campus” that will see the Primary School organised on the lower floors and the Secondary School on the higher floors.

Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony, BK Gan, president of Taylor’s Schools, said: “At Nexus we believe in evidence based pedagogy which centres learning around the student. Our experienced staff personalise and tailor their lessons to each individual to ensure their particular learning levels are met. Teaching in this collaborative and interactive way requires a unique space that reflects this.”

The school will cater for 2,000 students aged between 3 and 18. The challenge is to ensure that teachers and learners can interact effectively; through the creation of communal facilities in the middle floors offers a social space to meet and mix. Shared social spaces include a double-storey library, language areas, sports halls, café and play-deck. All areas are flexible workspaces that can be tailored to learning environments.

Nexus aims to create interactive and versatile learning spaces that can easily be adapted to the lesson at hand. It is designed around flexible classrooms that are left partially open; bespoke furniture with acoustic panelling can be moved to create spaces of the size required at the time, for different teaching scenarios. This innovative, simple solution means that learning hubs and classrooms can be easily adapted to future trends, for example changing student numbers or alterations to the curriculum.

As an Apple Distinguished School, digital technology will be integral to the delivery of the curriculum, including the use of mobile smart projectors and interactive touch screens. 

“At Nexus we pride ourselves in creating innovative learning environments with the latest technology, and we have created state-of-the-art Innovation Hub that will house a space dedicated to the development of new creative and innovative ideas,” added BK Gan.

Facilities at the campus will include a 50m pool, a full size astro-turf sports field, recording studios, library, auditorium, sports halls, fitness gym as well as a raft of flexible learning spaces. Sports and drama facilities will be available to the community to use on weekends and after school hours.

Kelvin Wong, Assistant Managing Director at the Singapore Economic Development Board, said: “Foreign System Schools like Nexus play an important role in strengthening Singapore’s position as an attractive global city and home for businesses. By carefully integrating community interaction into its campus design, Nexus will be a valuable addition to the neighbourhood. We believe that Nexus, its students, teachers and staff, will play active roles and over time, become integral members of the local community and Singapore.”

Broadway Malyan director Harry Hoodless, who has been involved in developing international schools across Asia, said the facility will set new benchmarks for sustainability and innovation.

He explained: “Singapore already boasts a reputation for educational excellence and Nexus’s vision is to create a campus that will be Singapore’s flagship learning environment for the next generation and help secure its position as the region’s leader for innovation and technology.

"The new campus design will be unique in terms of its response to environmental context and we believe it exemplifies our forward thinking approach to education space, while also embracing the needs of the local community.”

Nexus is a member of Taylor’s Education Group, which operates universities, colleges and schools across Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore. The new international school will be the flagship school for the Nexus brand, building on Taylor’s successful growth of the school’s cohort and ideology.

 

New eco-resort proposals shared at key conference in Indonesia by Broadway Malyan

Broadway Malyan and PwC presented their vision for a new tourist destination in East Asia to over 300 delegates at an investment conference this week.   

Monique Suksmaningsih, director of masterplanning for Broadway Malyan, described plans for Manado, a city in the north of Indonesia, at the Manado International Conference on Tourism Investment, an event hosted by the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).

Broadway Malyan and PwC worked on the concept masterplan and roadmap for infrastructure development together to ensure that a detailed, joined up strategy was created.  

The proposals centre on the creation of an eco-friendly holiday destination that protects and enhances the existing natural environment. Development will be focused on seven key zones; a gateway area with aero park; integrated resort with MICE opportunities; eco-tourism site with diving; waterfront promenade; cruise and ferry terminal; beach area with family resorts; and hillside holiday residences.

Commenting on the proposals, Monique said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to transform Manado and create a new tourism destination in East Asia, bringing investment to the area and changing the economic outlook.

“Our masterplan focuses on two aspects; a number of development zones which highlight potential sites to develop, and the need to revitalise the existing Manado waterfront area. 

“It is underpinned by a strategic approach to development, environmental and social sustainability as we believe these aspects will be essential to the future success of Manado tourism plan."

To facilitate the proposals a significant amount of investment will be required in infrastructure, including expansion of the airport, highway upgrades, and power and water distribution. In addition to this, new affordable housing, schools, healthcare and community facilities will be required.

Julian Smith, PwC Indonesia Infrastructure Investment advisor, said: “The most important thing is that any investment in the area needs to be sustainable and consider the needs of the community fully.

“The roadmap prepared by PwC complements the work by Broadway Malyan and explains how the masterplan can be delivered. It stresses the need for government to implement a new management strategy and investment plan to protect the fragile ecosystem of the marine park, as well as the types of investment required by the public and private sector in essential infrastructure such as solid waste treatment and waste water treatment, as these will underpin any future success in the city.”

Manado is the capital city of the North Sulawesi province and within three to five hours of a number of key cities in China, as well as countries including Singapore, Philippines and Japan. It is hoped that with the right public and private investment it can become a successful, all-year-round holiday destination by 2025.

 

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Connecting Manchester's dots for the best liveable city by Broadway Malyan

By Danny Crump

Director of Urbanism

It’s hard not to be excited about the noises coming out of City Hall.

New Metro Mayor Andy Burnham’s seat is barely warm and he is already ripping up the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework while Transport for Greater Manchester’s ‘Case for Change’ report is seeking to bring almost 100 of the region’s rail stations under its control.

These two initiatives are completely entwined and with the right approach, have the potential to massively enhance Manchester’s liveability through a programme of vibrant and exciting transport oriented communities.

The new mayor has vowed to make brownfield sites the focus of Greater Manchester’s desire to deliver more than 250,000 new homes with the emphasis on the densification of the region’s existing town centres and the city core.

This should certainly be part of the solution but Greater Manchester needs to have no limit to its ambitions. Every one of those 94 rail stations is a potential catalyst for new homes, places to work, experiential retail, cultural and civic uses as well as high quality, walkable public realm. In short, a completely reimagined and sustainable urban township.

And this certainly should not be at the exclusion of all potential Green Belt or greenfield sites. Sustainable Green Belt locations with good quality public transport nodes remain an important part of the portfolio of sites that will be needed to address the housing shortage, both in the north west and across the UK.

If a Green Belt site has a station close by then then there is undoubtedly a case that it will be more sustainable and importantly, more viable and deliverable than a heavily contaminated brownfield site that is not close to existing or planned infrastructure.

Retaining and creating urban green spaces, as well as protecting valuable areas of Green Belt across the Greater Manchester area, should all be part of the long term vision but a balanced transport orientated development approach is the way forward for plan making rather than one based on arbitrary Green Belt policy decisions made almost 80 years ago which remain the hottest of political potatoes.

If approved, the region’s local stations and associated land assets will see investment upwards of £400m from the public sector in the coming years and it is the wealth of available data that should be informing how and where this money is spent.

This data will allow planners and developers to answer a broad range of questions from how much value does being near a station add to a property to which stations will provide the greatest social benefits to a community. This data can be used to analyse complex regional areas and help identify patterns and trends, weaknesses and missed opportunities and should be a fundamental part of identifying the next generation of the region’s development projects.

Greater Manchester’s internal transport links across the region and how they are utilised will ultimately be much more important than HS2 as Manchester rethinks its strategic position beyond the UK and Europe. Now is the opportunity to create a stronghold for the best city living and a super competitive region.

There is much to be cheered by the new mayor’s first few days in office and now is the time to be innovative and brave to ensure that we have a fully integrated Manchester fit for the challenges of the 21st century.

*Broadway Malyan board director James Rayner will be speaking at the Northern Transport Summit on June 26th http://tinyurl.com/ljwnn45

 

 

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A submission by Broadway Malyan’s Urbanism team examining the opportunities around ‘Smart Green Spaces’ in the City of London has been shortlisted in a major design competition.

The proposal, called Destination Bank, is one of 10 projects that have been shortlisted from hundreds of entries into the competition being run by The City Centre in partnership with the City of London Corporation and Brookfield Property Partners.

The Manifesto for the Square Mile transforms the space at Bank into a vibrant, accessible digital hub of multi-cultural activity where the daytime mecca becomes by night and weekends a centre for outdoor entertainment, recreation and education.

The proposals on the shortlist – which also includes work by Foster + Partners, Haworth Tompkins and Schréder and Atkins amongst others – will form part of an exhibition from May to July at The City Centre gallery, with each submission displayed for 10 weeks and the overall winner expected to be announced in May.

Director Monika Bik, from Broadway Malyan’s London studio, said the submission was the result of a major collaboration from across the urbanism team who met for their annual symposium in Lisbon in March.

She said: “The brief for this competition asked how we can use smart innovations to ensure that workers, residents and visitors make the most of spaces in the City while retaining a sense of tranquillity and heritage, themes that are at the very forefront of our approach on numerous projects around the world.

“This competition coincided with our Urbanism symposium so we were able to harness the collective creativity of colleagues from across the world in one room in a design charrette that developed a wide spectrum of fantastic ideas.

“To have reached this stage of this competition is testament to the talent we have within our global Urbanism team and to have turned around such an attractive approach to such a complex problem in an incredibly tight deadline is a fantastic achievement by everyone involved.”

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A major new retail destination where Broadway Malyan provided a complete design service from architectural concept through to branding has been opened to the public.

The MyTOWN shopping centre in the Jalan Cochrane district of Kuala Lumpur is anchored by the biggest Ikea in Malaysia with an overall NLA of 1.6m sq ft across five levels of retail, leisure and entertainment.

The shopping centre, which will be connected to the city centre via a new MRT station when completed in summer 2017, has been jointly developed by Boustead Holdings Berhad and Ikano Pte Ltd.

Broadway Malyan provided an integrated brand led design approach to the project that saw the practice’s Singapore studio create the initial branding for the scheme which informed the overall architecture and the interior design.

The shopping centre provides more than 400 retail units with F&B throughout including outdoor terraces on the upper levels as well as a dedicated event space in front of the building leading to an outdoor sunken garden with amphitheatre seating.

Ernesto Zabarte, who has led the project for Broadway Malyan, said the holistic approach to delivering the MyTOWN scheme had provided a unique continuity to the design process and was a positive reflection of the diversity of skills within the practice.

He said: “This has been an incredibly exciting project where we have literally been able to start with a completely blank canvas and create a narrative with the client that has evolved into a retail destination that sets a new benchmark for Kuala Lumpur.

“Being a family shopping centre, it was important that the design appealed to every visitor and was simple, contemporary and welcoming so we proposed a simple but elegant design in terms of the massing and façade which is made up of multi hues of metallic champagne-coloured metal.

“Internally we used a natural palette of materials and colours with an accent of bright colours and dynamic visuals of text which ties in with the MyTOWN brand and colours that are introduced in various places in the scheme such as in the way-finding.”