Our project at Gloucester Quays is an Asset Enhancement Masterplan for the existing Designer Outlet on behalf of Peel Outlets.
The outlet centre is located in the heart of Gloucester Quays, a conservation area with a rich heritage that comprises the refurbishment of a number of existing listed buildings and new-build retail space. Working closely with the Client to establish a clear brief, Chapman Taylor carried out an appraisal of the existing centre and surrounding land which generated a number of potential opportunities to create a more commercially successful and vibrant destination. A series of design options were developed which would be delivered in a phased manner across the centre in order to maintain retail trading at all times.
We established the opportunity to provide a leisure anchor in the form of a 10 screen multiplex cinema for Cineworld that would enable us to create a more vibrant environment, encourage more evening activity and compliment the retail elements of the scheme. The new cinema was accommodated within the first floor level of one of the existing vacant buildings that was extensively remodelled and extended, with the new cinema volume being accommodated behind the retained façade to minimise the impact on the street scene. The ground floor was reconfigured to provide new restaurant space and entrance for the cinema linking up to the auditoria levels.
Chapman Taylor were novated to the Main Contractor to develop the detailed design, working closely with the cinema operator throughout the detailed design and construction process. The phase 1 works are now fully occupied and have proved to be a catalyst for continued development at the centre. Chapman Taylor continue to be involved in the development of the future phases of work.