This award winning town centre development was the culmination of years of effort by the City Council to rejuvenate a core area of the city. Previous proposals put forward by developers were rejected by the citizens of the city and the Council. BDP were appointed with consultant surveyors to bring forward proposals more in keeping with the existing townscape and yet incorporate the demand for additional modern retailing with car parking.
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This major shopping development of 50,000 sq of retail sits sympathetically in the historic heart of Norwich. On an arterial route it is adjacent to the ancient monument of the city walls and the Grade 1 listed St Stephen’s Church. Read the rest of this entry →
What would uncle George have thought?
My wife’s uncle George owned an umbrella shop on this spot for decades. But BDP triumphed where the IRA failed. They demolished the building (George’s brolly business was long gone by then) to make way for this scheme, threaded through the heart of Belfast.
If you need a pointer, head for the glazed dome: a translucent 38 metre-wide carapace tops the development, punching the skyline and visible from pretty much anywhere across the city. Read the rest of this entry →
Not only because I worked on this scheme with BDP, but in terms of changing and rejuvenating an area, this scheme is right up there. Aesthetically basic and uncomplicated, this scheme matched exactly what the local residents needed and wanted in their town centre. Read the rest of this entry →
This is a place. Its genius is being a place within a place, and achieving just what BDP’s masterplanners envisaged at the outset.
The place that once typified many post-war piecemeal development areas – a flat bit of grass at the back of a bus station – somehow managed to create even more separation between the Albert Dock and the city centre. With the imperative to regenerate the Paradise Street area it could have been sacrificed to being “that bit at the back”, left over after planning, or even worse a service yard for a mall. Read the rest of this entry →