Broadway Malyan appointed on historic department store project by Broadway Malyan

Broadway Malyan has been appointed to examine the opportunities for breathing new life into Poland’s most important department store.

The practice’s Warsaw studio has been commissioned to carry out a feasibility study on the Jablkowskich Brothers Department Store which was originally built more than a century ago in the heart of the capital.

The department store was one of Europe’s best known department stores in the pre-war era and also one of few buildings from that period that survived the Second World War with many of its original features surviving to this day including a ceremonial staircase, stained glass windows and a large central atrium.

The department store was nationalised in the 1950s but is now back in the ownership of the Jablkowskich family and Broadway Malyan director Robert Kaminski said the department store remained a revered brand in Polish retail.

He said: “This was an incredibly influential department store in its heyday that took its influences from the great retail centres of Paris and Milan and is owned by a very progressive family-run business who retain a strong reputation across Poland.

“The original building has had a number of retail uses over the past 50 years and stands next to a separate tenement building and the owners now want to look at the opportunities of linking the two buildings and creating an exceptional retail-led development that reflects its place in Poland’s retail history.”

The Jablkowskich project is part of a growing restoration trend in Poland’s major cities with planning authorities encouraging schemes that retain the existing historic urban fabric while also acting as a catalyst for further regeneration.

Robert added: “This building is along a key pedestrian route through the heart of Warsaw which has enjoyed investment in recent years and links the city centre to the royal route and the old town.

“There is already a substantial footfall and we will be looking at how the development could incorporate the streetscape and it is hoped that this project could spark the regeneration of the wider area.”



Projects longlisted for international awards by Broadway Malyan Admin

Four Broadway Malyan projects have been longlisted for the World Architecture News (WAN) Awards 2017 Future Projects category.

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Broadway Malyan Architect wins national photography competition by Broadway Malyan

Starling Vortex

A photograph that captured the moment thousands of birds descended on a UK seaside town has scooped a coveted national award for a Broadway Malyan architect.

Matthew Cattell, an Associate at the practice’s Reading studio, took the top prize in the Landscape Photographer of the Year awards for his ‘Starling Vortex’ image.

Matthew Cattell

Matthew Cattell

The photograph, which forms the centrepiece of an exhibition of winning images at Waterloo Station until February 2017, captures the murmuration of hundreds of thousands of starlings which roost on Brighton pier every year.

Matthew, who started taking photographs after inheriting his grandfather’s metal pentax camera, said he took the award winning photograph after taking his parents to the pier to witness the phenomenon.


He said: “During the winter months hundreds of thousands of starlings assemble at Brighton Pier to roost for the night and the birds gather in large flocks and perform beautiful aerial displays before dropping down to the relative safety of the structure below.

“Standing on the pier allows the viewer to witness these murmurations from within as the birds flow and cascade around you and the windy conditions had whipped up the foam on the surface of the sea and I liked the way the motion of the incoming tide mimicked the movement of the birds.

“Rather than ‘freeze’ the action I used a longer exposure to exaggerate this vortex of motion and I retained the ruins of the West Pier to help locate the image. Whilst the light wasn’t ‘golden’ it had a silvery purple quality that muted the colours of the scene.

“The wind was also really strong and it had imparted an energy into the sea - turning it into a strong mix of sand and white foam and the moving components worked so well against the static ruins of the pier.”

 The winning photograph, which beat thousands of submissions to win the overall title, was described as “an intriguing image” by the founder of the awards Charlie Waite.

“The sense of movement is palpable in Matthew's photograph and you really feel what it would have been like to stand beside him," Mr Waite said.

"The starlings seem to be swirling around the iconic remains of Brighton's West Pier in a manner reminiscent of the tornado in the Wizard of Oz."

 An exhibition of the winning photographs will run at London’s Waterloo Station until February 5th 2017. To see more examples of Matthew’s work, go to


Online growth still keeping developers awake at night by Broadway Malyan Admin

The growth of online retail sales and the cost of development land are the two biggest concerns facing retail developers according to new research Broadway Malyan.

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The London Boroughs can drive a 'Build to Rent' revolution by Broadway Malyan

The London Boroughs are the largest land owners in the capital and by embracing the opportunities around 'Build to Rent' they could significantly alleviate the current housing crisis, according to a new report by Broadway Malyan. Here Director Peter Vaughan explains why it's time for a 'Build to Rent' revolution. 

That home ownership is at its lowest level in 30 years will come as no surprise to anyone with even a passing interest in the topic. The reality is that it is going to continue to decrease and, especially in our cities, people will have to rent. The question is whom they will be renting from and it seems to me that local authorities are well placed to become landlords.

Suggesting a massive, council-led housing programme might seem a strange idea considering the perceived failures of former council housing. It might also seem strange at a time when authorities are being told to sell off their land assets and housing stock in a bid to find savings and efficiencies but actually it makes perfect sense.

There is an increasing acceptance that the private sector is unable to deliver the numbers and types of houses needed to address the housing crisis and if we are serious about solving the problem of a lack of supply, creative solutions will be needed. Taxing private developers a proportion of their product has manifestly failed.

The first barrier is shifting the perception that home ownership should be the ultimate goal. Renting is not a bad thing per-se. In Berlin and Hamburg, 90% and 80% of the population rent – seemingly quite happily. 42% of Britons rented from their local council as recently as 1980. Today, due to the “Right to Buy” policies of successive governments, fewer than 8% do so.

Private renting has filled the gap created by the reduction in council homes over the past 30 years but it has come at a cost. Small-scale buy-to-let landlords dominate the rental landscape and a lack of regulation means that renters suffer – often paying outrageous prices for unsuitable housing. With leases typically insecure it is difficult for renters to become invested in their property let alone their wider community.

The focus for government and local councils must now be on delivering genuinely affordable housing that helps build real communities. Considering the unattainable prices of home ownership, this is likely to mean rental stock.

The government’s prioritisation of home ownership has hardly helped. Rather than using billions of pounds to prop up this market through schemes such as Help to Buy – which only helps the relatively wealthy – they would do well to help the emerging “Build to Rent” sector, or better yet support the London boroughs becoming “Build to Rent” landlords themselves.

The facts are simple: The London boroughs are obligated to provide homes, own a great deal of land, are a no-risk borrower, can grant planning consents and, due to the government’s budget cuts, are looking to open up new revenue streams. The Annual Residential Property Index (ARPI) consistently demonstrates that residential outperforms both industrial and commercial real estate in terms of yield – an obvious place for state investment.

Rather than selling off their most valuable asset – land – councils would do well to hold on to it, develop it, and invest in the community whilst creating a new revenue stream. After all, land is a finite resource and councils can’t rely on on-going disposal. The sand eventually runs out.

To be fair to the London boroughs, there are signs that such ideas are beginning to gain traction. Research conducted by Broadway Malyan has shown a new approach being explored by several London boroughs, forming their own development companies, independent from, but owned by the council.

By examining the planning policies of all thirty-two London boroughs plus the City of London the research reveals that only eight (24%) have taken a positive position on the sector, with policy that recognises the role Build to Rent can play in boosting house numbers. Nineteen boroughs (58%) have not recognised the sector within their development plans.

Eleven London Boroughs (33%) are either in the early stages of establishing, or have already established their own development company, capable of building its own Build to Rent schemes. These companies, eminently fundable, must use their own land to build large-scale “Build to Rent” schemes with rent taken ensuring a long-term revenue stream to be reinvested in essential services and the funding of more affordable forms of housing.

With consistently low interest rates, and by creating an independent company councils are able to borrow beyond their government-imposed debt caps. Such housing would also be exempt from “Right to Buy” policies, ensuring that they remain rental stock in the long-term.

The question is why aren’t all London boroughs considering such an approach?

Read the full report



Award-winning shopping centre opens in Bucharest by Broadway Malyan

A major new shopping centre designed by Broadway Malyan and inspired by its parkland location has opened its doors to the public in the Romanian capital Bucharest.

ParkLake is themed around ‘Park – Nature – Family’ and is one of the country’s largest shopping centres, providing 70,840sqm GLA which includes more than 200 shops – 97 per cent of which were let for its launch.

The €180 million project by Portuguese property company Sonae Sierra and Irish investment group Caelum Development also includes a 14 screen multiplex cinema and a major food court.

The project, which won the Concept and Design Project of the Year category at the SEE Real Estate Awards in 2015, is Broadway Malyan’s largest completed retail project in central Europe and chairman Stuart Rough said the scheme created a new destination shopping experience for the city.

He said: “Increasingly the retail sector is looking beyond creating places where people just shop – they are looking to create a real experience for the customer through high quality interior design and by providing a wide range of innovative amenities.

“The shopping centre must be somewhere for visitors to meet friends, relax and be entertained and we have focused on those additional elements that will increase customer dwell time while also creating an overall ambiance with the integration of nature into the development.”


The shopping centre has an international food court terrace offering stunning views across the park as well as a green space for leisure and sports activities, seasonal markets and live performances. Internally the design has incorporated tree houses, grottos and a frozen lake to mimic its woodland setting.

Externally the shopping centre entrance boasts a copper skeletal portico inspired by the autumnal colours of the park while the park-side entrance features large, fully glazed boxes that break down the boundary between inside and outside and reference the great glass houses and winter gardens of the 19th Century. 


Ed Baker presenting at a smart cities conference by Broadway Malyan Admin

Broadway Malyan director Ed Baker is presenting at a smart cities conference in Incheon, South Korea tomorrow. In this interview with the organisers, Ed shares some thoughts on smart cities.

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Paper presented at global tall buildings conference in China by Broadway Malyan

Asia Pacific director Ed Baker presented at a leading, international conference in Shenzhen, China today.

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Carrefour Property launches largest shopping centre in the Balearics by Broadway Malyan

A major shopping centre designed and delivered by Broadway Malyan for Carrefour Property that has created one of the biggest retail developments in Spain has been launched on the island of Majorca

FAN Mallorca Shopping is situated near the International Airport of Palma de Majorca and has seen the French retail giant invest €190 million in the project.

This Carrefour Property development, which includes a major extension to an existing shopping, is 170.000sqm with a total GLA of 65,000sqm. Along with the shopping centre, the scheme also includes a comprehensive leisure offer with an adventure park, cinemas and a major F&B offer.

Tenants at FAN Mallorca Shopping include a wide range of local, national and international brands  with anchors including Mediamarket, H&M, Decathlon and Mango, who have opened there their biggest shops in the region, as well as other major names who are taking their first space in the Balearics such as Primark.


Jorge Ponce, who heads Broadway Malyan’s Madrid office, said the project had been six years in the making and reflected the latest thinking in retail design and completely reimagined the customer experience.

He said: “The original concept was for a very retail focused open air shopping centre but this has evolved over time and the finished design sets a benchmark not just for its scale and but also a unique leisure offer that embraces the idea of destination retail for all the family.

“This is an incredibly exciting project for Broadway Malyan where Carrefour have allowed us to push the boundaries of retail and create something that is closer to a resort where a sophisticated customer experience is paramount.”

The design of FAN Mallorca is based upon a modern interpretation of traditional Majorcan architecture with elements of ceramic and stone and whitewashed facades integrating landscaping around a series of open air streets and squares.

As well as setting a new benchmark for retail in the Balearics, FAN Mallorca Shopping is also Carrefour Property’s most sustainable project to date.

To guarantee energy savings the scheme has adopted a range of initiatives that include thermic covering to reduce energy demand, efficient systems for transport and distribution of electric and thermic energy, and 350 photovoltaic panels on the roof that generate 100KWp power.

Recycling is another key feature adopted in the project with pavement aggregate and demolition concrete re-used in the construction while rain water will be used for plant watering and sanitation.

The landscape is inspired by the original Mediterranean vegetation that requires low hydric resources and state of the art LED technology has been naturally integrated in the architectural design to provide comfortable lighting effects.

Broadway Malyan is currently architecture partner of Carrefour Property in many projects in Europe, North of Africa, Asia and Latin America. 


Consultation launched on ‘pedestrian-first’ future for Birmingham’s business district by Broadway Malyan

A public consultation has been launched on the first phase of a transformational £10m public realm improvement scheme in the heart of the Birmingham.

Snow Hill Square will be completely redesigned in a £3.3m scheme to provide an attractive and welcoming gateway to the city centre from Snow Hill rail station. Putting pedestrians first, the square will establish a new benchmark for public space in the city, adding value and attracting investment.

The redesigned square is at the heart of a number of changes to the Snow Hill area that will consider street usage and provide more space and comfort for pedestrians as well as prioritising pedestrians wherever possible and introducing more ‘staying/stopping’ space.

Broadway Malyan has been commissioned by Colmore Business Improvement District (BID) and Birmingham City Council to draw up the proposals – the practice’s largest urban public realm scheme in the UK.

Broadway Malyan Director Danny Crump said: “Public open spaces are highly valuable to the liveability of city centre – that enigmatic quality that creates a sense of place and makes it feel good to be somewhere.

“Snow Hill Square is a real opportunity to properly utilise a valuable public space in really vibrant part of Birmingham while also providing an appropriate welcome for this key gateway into Birmingham.

“We have enjoyed working with key stakeholders and the local business community to evolve the concept proposals and it’s exciting to see the scheme move closer towards delivery.”


The new square will create a decluttered environment with areas of calm providing opportunities for workers and visitors to enjoy the space throughout the day.

A proposed glass pavilion entrance to a new underground restaurant at One Colmore Row features prominently in the new square, alongside a large timber ‘City Bench’, designed to be a robust and beautifully detailed feature within the square.

Special attention is being paid to street and floor lighting throughout to enable better daytime and evening use of the square.

High quality natural stone has been selected to provide an enduring and unifying surface finish.

Wayfinding elements play on local Anglo Saxon history and topography with ground-level granite etched units featuring abstracted geometric details from Birmingham maps.

Rob Valentine, Colmore BID Vice Chairman, added: “Snow Hill Square makes a suitable extension of the earlier work of Colmore BID in Church Street Square and Colmore Square.

“Though a technically and legally demanding project, involving a live railway tunnel and multiple ownership interests, this space is a true gateway into the Colmore Business District and needs to be a high quality environment.

“I’m very pleased with the design, and can’t wait to see this example of business-led place-making become a reality.”

Birmingham City Council Leader, Cllr John Clancy, described the plans as ‘exciting’.

"Snow Hill Station is an important gateway into Birmingham and these designs are a clear signal of our intent to develop a hugely important part of the city,” he said.

"Colmore BID and Birmingham City Council share a vision for Snow Hill Square and this exciting project is yet more proof that big things are happening in this city."

Find out more about the consultation process at


Broadway Malyan commissioned to create new heart for Southport by Broadway Malyan

Broadway Malyan has created new blueprint for the centre of Southport aimed at “stitching back together” the heart of North-west seaside town.

The proposals, which would see a significant reduction in traffic and a renewed focus on pedestrians along one of Southport’s most historic streets, are part of a wider Southport Development Strategy recently presented to Sefton Council’s cabinet.

The Broadway Malyan scheme to revitalise Lord Street – the road said to have inspired Paris’s Champs Elysees – will focus on traffic calming as an important first step in reclaiming the street according to Broadway Malyan director Danny Crump, who is leading the design project.

He said: “A crucial element of our proposals to restore the vitality to this fantastic street is to address the imbalance between cars and people so reducing the impact of traffic in this key town centre space is a vital part of the scheme.

“This project is about making Lord Street the natural heart of Southport and giving it a real focus. We want to retain the historic avenue aesthetic and make Lord Street the boulevard it once was when it inspired the Parisians all those years ago.”

The concept scheme, which has been funded by a grant from the Government’s Coastal Revival Fund, would also see the introduction of a major new flexible events space, a redeveloped outdoor market area, play facilities for families and extensive hard and soft landscape proposals.

“The principle behind this project is physical regeneration enabling economic regeneration,” said Danny. “Southport has to compete with Liverpool and Manchester on its doorstep as well as an ageing population so it is important that takes steps now to improve its viability and reverse decline.

“This scheme will help create a much more contemporary and dynamic heart of the town, complementing its unique collection of Grade II listed architecture and reinstating the some of the street’s majesty that has been lost over the years.

“The regeneration of Lord Street is about refocusing it on the people alongside providing a range of uses that will attract people there. We are considering the space as a destination as well as a key circulation component, stitching back together Southport’s other attractions such as the Promenade and King’s Garden’s which are all vital assets providing a long term sustainable future for Southport.”    


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Broadway Malyan celebrate 20 years in Lisbon by Broadway Malyan Admin

More than 150 clients, contacts and colleagues attended a special cocktail party at the UK Ambassador’s residence in Lisbon to celebrate Broadway Malyan’s 20th anniversary in the city.

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Education event explores the future of school and university design in China by Broadway Malyan

Broadway Malyan’s Shanghai team shared its expertise at an event focused on 21st century learning environments yesterday.

Opened by the British Consul General, and organised in partnership with UKTI, the event had over 60 delegates in attendance.

It focused on the main trends in the education sector and how they related to the design of schools and universities in China.

Broadway Malayan global chairman Stuart Rough spoke at the event, talking about the practice’s history and expertise in the education sector before introducing the themes that would be discussed throughout the day.

He said that the sector is one of the most rewarding to design for, due to the challenge of “creating distinct facilities for different providers, designing spaces which reflect a range of different cultures, and buildings which enhance and improve the local community.”

He added that the importance of these buildings cannot be overstated due to the role they play in shaping and inspiring learning.

The day’s programme was divided into four talks, with APAC regional board director and education sector lead Harry Hoodless starting with a case study on Dulwich School in Shanghai. The school has just been completed, ready for the September intake. The design places flexibility and connectivity at the forefront, so that the learning experience can be more easily tailored to students.

Lorena Zhi, group marketing director at Wellington College, discussed the importance of branding, particular in relation to international schools, and the ways in which the heritage and tradition of these brands can be communicated in a relevant way to Chinese audiences.

Wuxi/Hangzhou Kings College School was the final case study of the day, presented by JiQiang Ma from Dipont Education China. It focused on the inclusion of high quality, non-teaching facilities within developments such as sport and leisure facilities and food and beverage options. These were put forward as examples of ways that schools can distinguish their offer and add value to the student experience.

The event closed with a panel discussion on the impact of changing demographics on the demand for different education spaces, and how this is leading to a range of opportunities for operators and developers.


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