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The Lanes, Carlisle

November 1, 2011 in 1980s, Retail

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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Republic of Fritz Hansen, London

October 11, 2011 in 2010s, Retail


The space functions as a contract showroom for Danish design brand Republic of Fritz Hansen, as well as a furniture and design accesories store operated by Scandinavian design emporium Skandium. Read the rest of this entry →

C&A store, Chester

July 22, 2011 in 1970s, Retail


An excellent example of a modern building which enhances the conservation area.
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Bentall Centre, Kingston

July 21, 2011 in 1990s, Retail

This amazing shopping centre still looks as fresh as the day it was opened back in the early nineties. Read the rest of this entry →

Chapelfield, Norwich

July 12, 2011 in 2000s, Retail

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 →

Victoria Square, Belfast

June 24, 2011 in 2000s, Masterplanning, Retail

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 →

Liverpool One

June 7, 2011 in 2000s, Leisure, Retail

The integration of the lighting into this development is exemplary.
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The Rock, Bury

April 14, 2011 in 2010s, Retail


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 →

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Chavasse Park, Liverpool One

April 7, 2011 in 2000s, Leisure, Masterplanning, Retail

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 →