Broadway Malyan completes one of Carrefour’s first commercial centres / by Broadway Malyan

Global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan has completed a major mixed-use and retail anchored shopping centre for French multinational retailer Carrefour in Huelva, southern Spain. 

The Holea centre, which originally included a 15,800 sq m Carrefour hypermarket, has been extended with 35,000 sq m of additional retail and leisure GLA – making it one of Carrefour’s first completed commercial centres as it seeks to widen its property interests and maximise the value of its portfolio through creative asset management and expansion.

Jorge Ponce, Director in Broadway Malyan’s Madrid office, said: “Carrefour is a longstanding client which our expert design team has partnered on successful schemes across Spain and Portugal, and more recently in Argentina, Brazil, China and Romania.

“As Carrefour moves to a more creative asset management strategy our expert team is working in partnership with the retailer to realise the potential of its sites by introducing additional retail and leisure elements and uses – and Huelva is a great example of that strategy in action with an attractive, varied and successful modern mall format with a Mediterranean design influence.”

The scheme takes its design influence from local Mediterranean villages and materials, incorporating distinctive design details into a modern shopping mall format. The mall includes open air boulevards and public spaces connecting retail and leisure units within an integrated overall scheme. The ‘open air’ treatment was selected to mirror the local village feel as well as achieve high levels of overall energy efficiency and sustainability. 

In response to the high summer temperatures in Huelva, the interior itinerary of the mall is crowned with a textile cover that allows natural shade and saves energy in the premises. The green walls in the interior favour a microclimate and show beautiful visuals. Meanwhile, the white coloured façades reduce sun radiation and identifies the whole scheme with typical Andalusian villages.

The centre includes a 15,800 sq m Carrefour hypermarket, 10 screen cinemas, 10,800 sq m of additional retail space including major fashion brands such as Zara, H&M and Primark, 2,100 sq m of additional restaurant/leisure space and open air pathways designed to provide a local Mediterranean village feel. 2,212 parking spaces are provided in the whole complex.

Broadway Malyan delivered the concept design and supported project delivery, with the practice working closely with local architects B+R and injecting best international design practice and retail sector expertise to realise the scheme.

“Huelva has the potential to be a template for future Carrefour projects,” added Jorge. “It shows how, through clever, creative and sympathetic design, significant value can be unlocked from store sites and assets and how high-quality, modern and appealing retail spaces can be created.

“Our expert design team is immensely proud of what it has achieved in Huelva and hope to have the opportunity to replicate this success on other projects where our world-class design capability, integrated thinking and distinctive client focus can make a real difference.”

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