Retail & Mixed Use

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Retail & Mixed Use

We bring a collaborative, progressive and forward thinking approach, born from knowledge of the market, trends and changes in society. We are inquisitive, multi-sector, multidisciplined, have an international presence and knowledge base to feed into projects, whilst understanding the importance and value of the local.

We are architects, engineers, designers and urbanists.

Placemaking for a Modern World

We design at every scale and at every stage in the process of placemaking, from visioning to briefing, design, delivery and operation. The places we create are distinct; social, natural, useful and beautiful – a reflection of humanity.

The practice has grown to over 1,200 people operating from a collaborative network of global studios, all creative hubs connected to the cities and regions they serve.

BDP has an enviable track record of delivering innovative, sustainable projects in a number of sectors and for a diverse range of clients – both public and private, including Google, AstraZeneca, Netflix, PwC, The Royal Albert Hall, IKEA, Berkeley Homes, Great Ormond Street Hospital and many more.

Our retail portfolio includes projects which range from complex new builds and infill extensions to the refurbishment and renewal of existing urban centres.

Our global practice

Cardiff Edinburgh
N America New York Toronto S America Lima UK Birmingham Bristol
Liverpool London Manchester Sheffield
Studios 12 Countries 6 Regions

Dublin Rotterdam

MENA Abu Dhabi

Asia Pacific New Delhi Shanghai Singapore


Our sectors

BDP’s creativity spans the full spectrum of life’s activities.

We pride ourselves on the highest design quality and the creation of places for the use of all, informed by community, local needs and desires.

Retail & Mixed Use


Housing Workplace

Sport Leisure & Culture Healthcare Transport Media Environments Science, Research & Technology

We understand the market

Our multi-sector, multi-disciplined status and global presence, gives us a unique vantage point.

For each project we embark on, we are able to draw on our local and global experts to create a ‘collective’ of dedicated sector and discipline specialists. These teams develop market responsive feasibility studies and vision strategies for a diverse range of clients.

This collaborative approach means we can identify opportunities, constraints and find creative solutions.

Ar Architecture Ac Acoustics BSE Building Services Engineering C&S Civil & Structural Engineering DM Design Management GD Graphic Design InD Inclusive Design ID Interior Design La Landscape Architecture Li Lighting Ma Masterplanning Pl Planning Su Sustainability UD Urban Design

The sector is more than retail – it’s mixed use

Today, retail design is increasingly moving toward mixed use regeneration.

A mixed use model incorporates a number of different sectors, including: retail, leisure, restaurants, residential, offices and numerous other community focused uses.

Whether the goal is to restructure existing assets, or generate new income opportunities, mixed use needs to be strategic, urban masterplan driven, and address social needs.

A successful mixed use model is integral to a strong, sustainable and vibrant city economy.

Repurpose and reallocate

The retail sector as we once knew it, has the potential to adapt and shape the future of urban environment.

We work with existing and new clients to unlock opportunities and maximise a site’s value. Our solutions are unique, and respond to individual briefs, as well as the location.

Restaurants Shared workspace Community driven Residential Retail Education Student accomodation Leisure

Mixing of uses

Current development practice

Current development practice is primarily mono-use: retail, residential or commercial with a sprinkling of food or leisure.

This necessitates the need to commute, generating huge movement in a limited timeframe, exerting enormous pressure on transportation infrastructure.

Suburbs City Suburbs

This creates cities of silos, areas of over saturation of use, activity and reliance, leaving other areas lifeless at different points of the day or week.

A mixing of uses is key to the revitalisation of town and city centres. A more considered and mixed development model could rebalance the distribution of use.

Future development practice

The core centre remains vibrant and active, with opportunities to accommodate living space, occupying our city centres 24/7.

Spreading the intensity of activity a little wider, theoretically flattening the peak and re-energising local centres, reducing the need to commute, promoting a sense of belonging, pride and commitment to one’s local area.

City Suburbs

Iconic projects

IKEA Hammersmith

This development saw the transformation of a dated and tired shopping centre in the heart of Hammersmith, into a welcoming, inclusive and uplifting meeting place for the whole community. The project includes one of the first new IKEA City Centre format stores and incorporated a new focal point, formed around amphitheatre steps designed to host events, launches and create a focus for meeting friends and spending time.

Client INGKA Centres Cost Confidential Completion 2021 Ar ID La Li
London, UK

Location London, UK Client

INGKA Investments Cost Confidential Completion TBC

Initially working with Ingka Investments to assess the opportunity of acquiring the former flagship Topshop store on Oxford Circus, We are now working with a BDP multi team to reconfigure and reinvent the landmark building for a variety of uses. The investment marks the next step in Ingka’s long-term plan to create a more accessible, affordable and sustainable IKEA. This will be the second London-city-centre destination as we work with them to redefine the retail experience. Ar ID La Li
IKEA Oxford Circus

The project comprises a range of proposals to convert the existing retail store into a mixed use development, including a lightweight two-storey extension above the existing building for office use, with retail and leisure uses at the ground and lower ground floors – such as cafés, restaurants and independent shops – which open up onto Stamford New Road or Stamford Square.

One Stamford Square Location Altrincham, UK Client Bruntwood Works/ Trafford Council Cost Confidential Ar

This major regeneration on a World Heritage site in Edinburgh creates a distinct area in the Scottish capital, incorporating new and existing development and several listed buildings. In addition to retail, it includes homes, leisure and catering arranged around a crescent shaped galleria.

Ar ID Li Ma Location Edinburgh, UK Client Nuveen Real Estate Cost £850m Completion 2021
St James’

We were appointed as retail concept architects by RioCan, Allied Properties and Diamond Corp in March 2016. The development consists of seven individual building blocks that define a pedestrian network of streets and spaces at ground level. Shops, restaurants and cafes occupy the three podium levels with residential and offices ranging from four to 35 storeys rising above.

Ar ID La Li Location Toronto, Canada Client Rio Can, Allied Properties and Diamond Corp Cost Confidential Completion 2023
The Well


The Crossroads is a commercial and retail centre on a three acre site located in Valsad, Gujarat. The corner site is strategically located at the junction of National Highway 48 and State Highway, Valsad-Dharampur Road. The programme includes retail, restaurants, fast-food chains, car showrooms, banquet facilities, a boutique hotel, and offices. The site has the dual advantage of highway frontage and easily accessibility from Valsad city. The Crossroads is developed as an open to the sky retail destination with multi level retail streets, anchored with lively plazas; reminiscent of traditional Indian street markets.

Completion Ongoing Ar
Valsad, Gujarat, India

Regeneration of large riverside power station, to become a retail led mixed use development. Sitting within an 83,000 square metre site in Yangpu on the edge of the Huangpu River, the project will incorporate offices, retail units, hotels, leisure facilities, food and beverage spaces and even cultural places dedicated to the history of the power station. The regeneration of the power plant aims to transform Yangshupu into a vibrant mixed use destination for people across the district.

Location Shanghai, China Cost Confidential Completion Ongoing Shanghai Yangshupu Power Plant

The UK’s fourth largest shopping centre has been transformed into a contemporary destination. Embracing Sheffield’s steel legacy, our proposal is inspired by the process of making steel, which is interpreted in abstract ways. The original centre was cluttered with impeded sightlines, having four zones that lacked distinction, poor legibility and orientation. We therefore designed distinct districts with different mall finishes and environments.

Ar Li ID Location Sheffield, UK Client British Land Completion 2017

Wider projects

Liverpool One

Wuxi IKEA integrates shopping centre, residence and hotel. The idea is not only to create a new retail destination in Wuxi, China, but also a new meeting point for families, youth and elderly people. PLACEMAKING is the big strategy for the site.

Ar ID Li La IKEA Wuxi Phase 2 Location Wuxi, China Client INGKA Cost Confidential

Wuhan Tahan Masterplan

The Wuhan Tahan masterplan is an 18 hectare office led mixed use development, strategically located in the city centre with close links to Wuhan Plaza business district, the Financial Business Centre and Wangjiadun CBD. The scheme creates a gateway for the transition from the city’s old business and trade district to the new emerging one. The design creates a modern urban complex integrating grade-A office buildings, with high end residential units, a terraced retail and entertainment podium and a 5 star hotel.

Ar ID La Li Location Wuhan, Hubei, China Client Wuhan Yijing Property Ltd Cost Confidential Completion 2019

Westgate Centre

Location Oxford, UK Client Westgate Oxford Alliance (Land Securities and The Crown Estate) Cost £440m Completion 2017

The Westgate masterplan includes the internal remodelling of the existing Westgate Shopping Centre. It forms the main entrance to the extended centre leading to an elegant vaulted arcade. The work included a refurbished public library, new retail and leisure space.

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Royal Hibernian Way

Royal Hibernian Way is located within the heart of the Dublin city centre retail core with prominent frontage in an emerging retail and mixed use district. The refurbishment and rebranding project transforms Royal Hibernian Way into a high quality destination, revitalising an important pedestrian link key to the city.

Ar Location Dublin, Ireland Client Friends First Life Assurance Company Completion 2018 Awards 2020 Fit Out Awards – Fit Out Project of the Year – Retail
Augustine Hill Location Galway, Ireland Client Summix Capital Limited and Seagull Point Limited Cost €300m Completion 2021 – Planning application approved Ar La The Augustine Hill Masterplan seeks to rejuvenate the 8.5 acres of inactive brownfield lands to the south of Ceannt Station in Galway, Ireland, creating a new mixed urban community which will include residential, culture, retail, leisure, office and transport.

Dublin Central, a major 5.5 acre regeneration project in Dublin’s city centre, will deliver a mixed use development consisting of workplace, residential, hotel, restaurant and retail uses set within new pedestrian links and public spaces.

The development is targeting BREEAM (‘Outstanding’), LEED (Gold or Platinum) and WELL (Gold) certification.

It is the largest project in Ireland on which a full Life Cycle Analysis has been carried out, including embodied energy analysis for all buildings and services, a process led by BDP.

Three of the sites within the scheme have been submitted for planning approval, with two further sites due to be submitted in Q4 2021 and Q1 2022.

Location Dublin,
Client Hammerson Cost €300m Completion 2021 – Planning application approved BSE
Dublin Central

Waterford North Quay Development

The Waterford North Quay Development is a new build mixed use lifestyle and recreational destination that consists of a large shopping mall with retail, food and beverage, cinema, a transport interchange, 4-star 200 bed-hotel, offices, residential blocks, river boardwalk and a visitor centre. The development also includes a base car park, associated roads, infrastructure and connects to existing utilities and transport network.

BSE Li Location Waterford, Ireland Client Fawaz Al Hokair Group Real Estate Company

Boxpark opened it’s second scheme in Croydon, South East London. Sited immediately next to East Croydon station, it consists of 96 modified shipping containers and provides a home for over 40 food and beverage units, taking the thinking from the original Boxpark scheme in Shoreditch, and developing it to a new level.

Boxpark Croydon Location London, UK Client Boxpark Cost Confidential Completion 2016 Ar Ac BSE C&S La Li

Boxpark Wembley

Ar Ac BSE C&S La Li

Boxpark Wembley is the third Boxpark and represents a significant step forward for the company by creatively interpreting the portal framed shed. The central space can be configured to cater for a huge variety of functions including a food-hall serving high quality street food, a venue for a 2,500 capacity rave, Bingo Lingo, Fight Klub boxercise classes, pop-up cinema, Christmas markets, Baby Loves Disco, and a match-day fanzone.

London, UK
Boxpark Cost Confidential Completion 2018

Paddington Box

The concept is for the appropriation of a redundant 100,000 sq ft box beneath British Land’s Paddington Central campus to create a fantastic food and leisure destination with a unique perspective over the rail tracks. The Box is accessed via a lifted landscape plain that creates an entrance route into a new public amphitheatre.

Location London, UK Client British Land Cost Confidential

Working in collaboration with Nippon Koei, we developed a concept vision for a new Saigon River frontage and city centre regeneration strategy. Building upon Nippon Koei’s design work for major new road and rail infrastructure, our design proposes new public realm spaces, commercial activity and retail space along with a new focal point of a cultural quarter comprising civic, leisure and arts function.

Ar La Ma Location Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Client Sunny World/Saigon Cost TBC Completion TBC
Bach Dang Harbour

The project, for Aviva Investors, involved the refurbishment and reconfiguration of the historic Higher Market and Ambulatory together with redevelopment of the High Street entrance and redesign of the public realm. Now branded as Queen Street Dining the new A3 units have consolidated the centre’s food and beverage offering which is at the centre of the city’s new food quarter. Queen Street Dining has attracted some excellent brand names to the development.

Ar La Li Location Exeter, UK Client Aviva Investors Cost £11.8m Completion 2016

Mar Shopping Centre Loulé, in Algarve Portugal, is a new shopping centre which forms part of a larger €200 million complex featuring an IKEA store, a designer outlet and outdoor leisure. It is the fifth IKEA centre we have completed.

Location Loulé, Portugal Client IICG Cost €200m Completion 2017 Ar BSE GD ID UD La Li
MAR Shopping Centre Loulé

LIVAT Mall Beijing

A retail and leisure development in the Daxing district, comprised of a three-level shopping and leisure complex with three subterranean car park levels for 7,000 cars pus an office park development with strong transport links. The overall scheme consists of six individual buildings and is anchored by a 48,000 sqm IKEA store.

BSE GD ID La Li Ar Location Beijing, China Client Inter IKEA Centre Group Cost Confidential Completion 2015

Cergy 3 Fontaines

Les 3 Fontaines is a major renovation and extension of a leading shopping centre located 30 km west of Paris, in Cergy. We designed a bright new mall extending the existing area by an extra 26,500 m sq of GLA. We proposed a vibrant new food court engaging the pedestrian realm of the town centre and also including the reconfiguration of 3,700 car park spaces.

Ar ID Location Paris, France Client Hammerson France Cost €133.7m

The aim of The Leisure Hall is to create an exceptional regional destination, transforming the face, perception and journey to a reinvented and enlivened Meadowhall. The proposals involve reappropriating the existing deck parking and grafting on a major new leisure and restaurant led extension.

The Leisure Hall, Meadowhall Location Sheffield, UK Client British Land Cost £300m Ar ID Li La

Selected Awards

BDP has won over 1,000 awards for design quality –a selection of our awards is listed below.


• Liverpool One Masterplan (Shortlist for Stirling Prize)

• Piccadilly Station, Manchester

• Boxpark, Croydon (London Region)

Civic Trust

• Liverpool One (Special Award for Sustainability)

• Victoria Square, Belfast (Civic Trust Commendation)

• Debenhams, Liverpool One (Groupe 6 architects with BDP)

World Architecture Festival

• La Vache Noire, Arcueil, Paris (Finalist – Retail)

RICS National

• Victoria Square, Belfast (Commended – Regeneration)

• Liverpool One (Winner – Regeneration)

RICS Regional

• Westgate, Oxford (Project of the Year – South East Region)

• The Lexicon, Bracknell (Regeneration Award)

• Union Square, Aberdeen (Highly Commended – Regeneration)

• Chapelfield, Norwich (Regeneration)


• Boxpark, Wembley (Best F+B Concept)

• Liverpool One (Best Urban Regeneration Initiative)

• Victoria Square, Belfast (Belfast City Council for Best Urban Initiative and Commendation Urban Design/Connectivity)

• Waterfront City, Melbourne (Commendation – Large Centre)

• Chapelfield, Norwich (Commendation – Urban Design/Connectivity)

Revo Gold Award

• The Lexicon, Bracknell (Re:new and Best of the Best)

• Boxpark, Croydon (Re:lax)

• East Kilbride Leisure Hub, Olympia Kilbride Centre (Re:fresh)

• Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter (Catering and Leisure)

RTPI Planning

• Victoria Square, Belfast (Silver Jubilee Cup and City and Metropolitan Areas winner)

• Liverpool One (City and Metropolitan Areas)

BURA for Best Practice in Regeneration

• Liverpool One

MIPIM (International Property Market)

• Gum Store, Moscow (Finalist – Best Shopping Centre)

• Almada Forum, Lisbon, Portugal (Best Shopping Centre Award)

• TresAguas, Madrid (Best Shopping Centre, Runner Up)

• Vasco da Gama, Lisbon (Best Shopping Centre)

MIPIM/AR Future Project

• Liverpool One (Big Urban Projects: Commendation)

• New Retail Quarter, Sheffield (Mixed Use and Retail: Winner)


• Waitrose, Bracknell (Commendation – Sustainability)

• Parkway, Newbury (Winner – New Centre)

• Liverpool One (Supreme Award Winner)

• Silverburn, Glasgow

• Victoria Square, Belfast

BCSC Award

• Piccadilly Station, Manchester (Special Award)

BCSC Town Centre Environment

• Liverpool One (Gold Standard)


• Liverpool One (Best of the Best)

• Inter IKEA Centre, Poland (Commendation)

British Archaeological

• Westgate, Oxford (Best Archaeological Project)

LABC Building Excellence

• The Rock, Bury (Best Large Commercial Building)

• International Council of Shopping Centres (Europe)

• Liverpool One (New Development: Extra Large and ReStore)

• Victoria Square, Belfast (Commendation –Large Developments and ReStore)

International Council of Shopping Centres (USA)

• La Part Dieu, Lyon

• Vasco Da Gama, Lisbon

IStructE Structural

• Victoria Square, Belfast (Finalist – Commercial or Retail Structure)

Concrete Society

• Cardiff Central Library, Cardiff (Certificate of Excellence: Building Category)

Selected Awards

BALI National Landscape

• Parkway, Newbury (Hard Landscaping –construction cost £300,000 – £1.5million)

• Chavasse Park, Liverpool One (Grand Award & Principal Award Hard Landscaping over £1.5m)

Architect of the Year

• 2018 BDP (Finalist – Retail and Leisure)

• 2008 BDP (Finalist – Retail / Masterplanning)

• 2007 BDP (Finalist – Retail)

• 2005 BDP (Finalist – Retail)

• 2004 BDP (Retail Architect of the Year)


• Waitrose, Bracknell (Winner of Retail)


• Liverpool One (Building Magazine Project of the Year)

Regeneration & Renewal

• Liverpool One (Best Use of Planning in Regeneration)

• Liverpool One (Mixed Use Project of the Year)

Global RLI

• Boxpark, Croydon (Most Innovative Food and Beverage Concept)

• Minsk World (Future Project Award – Highly Commended)

• Izmit Masterplan (Future Project Award)

• Forum Istanbul (International Retail and Leisure Destination of the Year)

• Liverpool One (International Retail & Leisure Destination of the Year)

• Victoria Square, Belfast (Highly Commended: International Shopping Centre of the Year)

RIAI Irish Architecture Award

• Victoria Square, Belfast (Best Retail Development)

RIAS Award

• Buchanan Gardens, Glasgow

Royal Society of Ulster Architects Award

• Victoria Square, Belfast (Award for Regeneration)

Retail Week Award

• Union Square, Aberdeen (Shopping Location of the Year)

• Liverpool One (Shopping Location of the Year)

• Boxpark, Croydon (Best Store for Food and Drink Award)

International Property Award

• The Well, Toronto (Best Retail Architecture Canada)

AJ100 Collaboration of the Year

• Westgate, Oxford (Finalist)

Mixology Award

• Boxpark, Croydon (Finalist – Hospitality Interiors Project of the Year) Key to professions: Ar Architecture Ac Acoustics BSE Building Services Engineering C&S Civil and Structural Engineering DM Design Management GD Graphic Design InD Inclusive Design ID Interior Design La Landscape Architecture Li Lighting Ma Masterplanning Pl Planning Su Sustainability UD Urban Design Cover: IKEA Hammersmith Photography: Nick Caville, Alex Alvarez, David Barbour, Jonathan Browning, Jason Hawkes
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Focussing on place creation, community and sustainability, we draw on our understanding of the market, trends and changes in society to unlock and create urban developments of the highest quality.”
We are architects, engineers, designers and urbanists.