Warehouse club operator Costco Wholesale has kicked off its European expansion drive with the opening of its first unit on mainland Europe – a 145,000 square foot outlet in Seville, Spain – designed by global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan.
The practice previously supported Costco’s entry into the UK market in 1992 and has designed 25 buildings in the UK to date.
It is currently leading the design of three further Costco sites which are set to open in the UK in 2014-2015, as well as the operator’s planned 564,000 square foot distribution depot in Crick, UK, and further outlets in Spain and France.
Gary Whittle, Managing Director at Broadway Malyan, said: “Our expert design team has been partnering with Costco for more than twenty years and our in-depth understanding of its business, coupled with our international studios across Europe, including Spain, mean that we are well-placed to support Costco’s successful expansion.”
Across the portfolio of previous and current projects the practice is supporting Costco on site assessment, concept and detailed design and build – providing a full design and delivery service for large and highly-serviced buildings involving complex services.
Distinguished by its global reach with 16 studios across world centres, unrivalled diversity with 500+ design experts and distinctive client focus with over 75% income from repeat business, Broadway Malyan creates world-class and fully-integrated cities, places and buildings to unlock lasting value and deliver a ‘return on design’.