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PROJECT REPORT: RETAIL DEVELOPMENTS


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The interior of the car park, above the retail units, faces into the space, and rather than leave a mediocre enclosed facade, the architects continued the language of the multi-coloured battens from the exterior. Again having the double-whammy of also providing passive ventilation to the car park, this enlivening wall is highly effective, “bringing in a little bit of joy,” and thus fitting intu’s brief.


The architects wanted to make the connections between the existing and new additions to the centre “bright and airy,” and to this end they arrived at a solution to brighten up the soffits at ground floor level,


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which were lower than at first floor. Says the project architect: “We used techniques to light the soffits to the ground floor, so they gain as much height as possible. They used Barrisol stretch fabric in “quite a dynamic design,” diffusing the light from ceiling LEDs, in a format which did not require a great deal of depth, so does not impinge on the space.


The design language of these soffits is echoed elsewhere, such as in the aluminium edging to the concrete slab in the events space, the vertical white stretch fabric in voids within the refurbished existing centre, and the soffit to the bridge link between the


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The triangular events space connects the new with the existing refurbished buildings, including the car park which is faced in brightly coloured terracotta battens


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