2023 Business Review: Good design - Design for Good

As part of our ongoing succession strategy, we have diversified the ownership of Chapman Taylor to include key members of the international business. Mikel Barriola based in Madrid, Jon Hale based in Prague, and Ruprecht Melder based in Dusseldorf, have joined the LLP, joining existing Group Board members Adrian Griffiths and Michael Cottam based in London.

Key growth markets over the last year were Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia, where we expect to see significant expansion in the coming financial year. Mixed-use remains our strongest sector and we have many large ongoing projects under construction in China, Egypt, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Turkey, and the UK. We continue to promote Responsible Design approaches in all our projects, extending our design considerations beyond environmental issues to include the social, economic, well-being, and ethical dimensions.


A new 30-storey tower in Lower Riverside, Greenwich Peninsula, London, will provide 300 new homes

Two key city centre residential schemes have been completed this year - Eda and Meadowside both in Manchester and in London, a number of large residential projects are on-site including Friary Park - the former Nestle Factory in Hayes, Springfields in East London, Westend Lane in Hampstead, Eastman Village - the old Kodak site in Harrow, Greenford Road in Greenford and Capella in Kings Cross. We have also just been awarded planning permission for a new 30-storey residential tower in Lower Riverside, Greenwich Peninsula, London, which will provide 300 new homes.

We have been selected to develop the architectural design of Soapworks, a significant mixed-use project in Bristol. Construction is just finishing at Hotel Indigo in Coventry, and the four-star Holiday Inn and three-star Ibis at Airport City Manchester have now been completed. Construction has also been completed for a new office, Manchester Goods Yard, which is part of a new media technology hub in St John’s Quarter. We are continuing to lead on major urban regeneration projects, and it is good to see Coventry City Centre South, for which we developed the masterplan, moving forward.


Gran Plaza 2 shopping centre renovation, Madrid, Spain

Creteil Soleil shopping centre in Paris refurbishment | Molo Lipno luxury residential destination in the Czech Republic

We have had two completed projects in Paris this year; Le Spot in the shopping centre Evry 2 near Paris, and the refurbishment of Creteil Soleil shopping centre. In Madrid, our asset enhancement project for the Gran Plaza 2 shopping centre also opened. We continue to work on several luxury residential schemes in Spain, including the Sabina project in Ibiza and various luxury residential projects in the centre of Madrid, reusing protected buildings.

Several mixed-use developments are in the pipeline including Meppen, Germany; Tbilisi, Sioni and Kobuleti in Georgia, and Marnach, Luxembourg. Two residential projects in Nürnberg and Fürth are currently on site and will be finished at the beginning of 2024. Two low-energy use workplaces are planned for client BOB AG, one in Düsseldorf and the second, nearby in Hamm. We are also currently working on major retail refurbishments in Croatia, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, and Spain. The second phase of construction at Pinea Resort, in the Baltic city of Pobierowo, Poland, is now fully underway.

In the Czech Republic, construction was completed at Molo Lipno; a luxury residential destination that offers 79 lakeside apartments and penthouses together with a public pier featuring a high-class restaurant. An adjoining luxury hotel at the resort is due to commence construction in 2024.


Tianjin South Railway Station, Urban design, China

Yun Qiao (Golden Bay) Road Bridge, Shanghai | Zhangjiang Gaoke Block 2B-6, Shanghai, China

Construction is ongoing on a 680-hectare urban district in Chongqing, with the first buildings completed and already occupied. A large proportion of the landscaping and infrastructure is also complete, including a new central lake. This “new area” for the city of Chongqing is due to complete construction in 2025. The workplace-led, mixed-use Zhangjiang Gaoke Office Block 2B-6 is onsite in Shanghai. Construction at Future Hotel in Chongqing is due to complete in late 2023. Our Shanghai studio has also designed three important bridges that are currently under construction including Yun Qiao Road Bridge in Shanghai.

This year we have won a number of prestigious design competitions, further cementing our reputation as one of the leading masterplanners in the South East Asia region. Among the winning designs were Yangpu Bay, an area of 5.21 km2 in Hainan’s West Wing Development Belt; a 99km2 development ‘One Line and Four Mines’ for the mountains west of Beijing, and a large-scale transport-orientated masterplan in the Chinese city of Jiaxing, in the Yangtze River Delta.

We also won design competitions for a new Healthcare Research Campus in Shanghai’s Waigaoqiao Free trade area and for the Tianjin South Railway Station Urban area. On a smaller scale, we were successful with a Baoshan residential project for China Railway Corporation - these apartments will improve the quality of life of the ‘dispatchers’ and 'controllers', who work on China’s extensive railway system.

Middle East

'Airport City' development adjacent to King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

GBA Porta Jeddah mixed-use development in Jeddah | KEC Hub, in the pilgrimage city of Madinah

Chapman Taylor is now working in over 20 cities in Saudi Arabia. Construction has started at the 123,000m² GBA Porta Jeddah mixed-use development in Jeddah. Design work is ongoing at the mixed-use 'Airport City' development adjacent to Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport. This will become a leading destination for visitors from across Saudi Arabia and the GCC region. The 2 million m² GBA masterplan for Airport City will create diverse tourism and business opportunities while also providing a dynamic lifestyle and family entertainment venue. KEC Hub, in the pilgrimage city of Madinah, is making good progress on site. This 392,000m² development will deliver a comprehensive mixed-use district for the city.

Central Asia

Port Baku Tower 2 development has completed in Baku, Azerbaijan

The prestigious 167-metre-high Port Baku Tower 2 development has been completed in Baku, Azerbaijan. This elegant addition to the Baku skyline offers a mix of uses including offices, restaurants, and retail. We are also working on several important city masterplans in Azerbaijan.

The doors have now successfully opened at the innovative MyCar auto centres in Almaty and Astana in Kazakhstan, and construction is well advanced on Almaty Museum of Art, which will display an important collection of Central Asian and international contemporary art.

South and South-East Asia

Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand

Chapman Taylor’s Bangkok studio has completed the renovation of the Outpatient Department and the ICU1 ward at the prestigious Bumrungrad International Hospital. Phase two of the refurbishment of the British Club, Bangkok, is also now complete. Construction has completed on the first of five luxury villas on the island of Koh Phangan, Thailand. In Vietnam, we are working on large urban masterplans and hospitality projects in various parts of the country.

In India, a 47-storey development, Hyderabad 1, due to complete in 2026, has achieved gold certification by the Indian Green Building Council and will be the world’s tallest co-living development at 160 metres. A series of significant workplace projects in Hyderabad are currently progressing on site.

Construction work is progressing at Dolmen Mall in Lahore, Pakistan, for a 180,000m2 shopping centre located within the Defence Housing Authority grounds, which is due to be completed in 2024. Another major mixed-use development of with retail, leisure, hospitality, office and residential functions has just been launched in Islamabad.

Rest of the World

Chapman Taylor is exploring off-site manufacturing opportunities in the United States, Gibraltar, and the Falkland Islands, and we are undertaking the concept design of several retail and mixed-use developments in Central and South America.

Responsible Design

As a business, we continue to focus on our sustainable design capabilities across our studios. Our architects are using speaking opportunities and media articles to communicate on Responsible Design issues such as the circular economy, the housing affordability crisis and decarbonisation of our building stock through retrofits. We continue to work closely with external consultants to deliver high levels of certifications for our projects, including BREEAM, LEED, Nabers, and WELL.

Each year we undertake Carbon Footprint Assessments of our studios and identify KPIs that allow us to set realistic targets for reducing our GHG emissions. In 2023, we also published our Carbon Management Plan which sets out our strategy for decarbonising both our projects and our business operations in the coming years, in line with the Paris Agreement targets.


World's most beautiful shopping mall - Prix Versailles Awards, Deniz Mall, Baku, Azerbaijan

Chapman Taylor won 25 industry-leading awards in 2022 and 2023, including City Centre South Coventry masterplan Gold at the Urban Design & Architecture Design Awards, Kampus in Manchester ‘Apartment Development of the Year (more than 300 apartments)’ Northwest Residential Property Awards 2022, and Castle Park View 'Best Residential Development' at the Bristol Property Awards. Molo Lipno in the Czech Republic won Best Large Scale Residential Project’ at the Best of Realty Awards in the Czech Republic and won the main sponsor’s award from Wienerberger in the Stavba Roku (Building of the Year) 2022 competition. Zhangjiang IC design Industrial Park 2b-6 recently won an Asia Property Award in the category of mixed-use. Our responsibly designed workplace project U Center 2 in Bucharest picked up five design and property awards in 2023.

Moving into 2024 ...

We have many projects being designed and under construction in countries across the world and in all our key market sectors, with notable schemes in Albania, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, China, Côte d'Ivoire, Czech Republic, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, UAE, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. We look forward to working collaboratively with our partners in the year ahead, to create successful, creative, and sustainable places and environments.

Adrian Griffiths (BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA MA Urban Design FRSA)

Group Board Director, UK

Adrian joined Chapman Taylor in 1986 and was promoted to the Group Board in 1998. As an architect and urban design specialist, he is recognised internationally for his expertise in the masterplanning of major complex mixed-use developments which are key drivers in the regeneration of our town and city centres.

Adrian is conscious of the fact that the developments we build today create the societies of tomorrow, recognising the responsibility the profession has in influencing the quality of people’s lives. He regularly speaks at conferences and prepares papers which promote the benefits of mixed-use developments as a sustainable model for the long term. Adrian leads the Concept Design Team in the UK.

Areas of expertise:

Urban design / Masterplanning / Mixed use / Retail / Leisure

Adrian entra a far parte di Chapman Taylor nel 1986 e si unisce al Main Board nel 1998. Come architetto e specialista in progettazione urbanistica, è conosciuto a livello internazionale per la sua esperienza nei masterplan di grandi complessi multi-funzionali, che sono i principali autori nella rigenerazione dei nostri centri urbani.

Adrian è consapevole del fatto che le zone di sviluppo urbano che oggi costruiamo creano le società di domani, riconoscendo la responsabilità che la professione ha nell'influenzare la qualità della vita delle persone. Adrian partecipa abitualmente a conferenze e scrive articoli che promuovono i benefici degli spazi multifunzionali come modello sostenibile a lungo termine. Adrian guida il Concept Design Team nel Regno Unito.

Aree di competenza:

Urban design / Masterplanning / Mixed use / Retail / Leisure

Adrian kam 1986 zu Chapman Taylor und wurde 1998 ins Main Board befördert. Als Architekt und Urban Design-Spezialist ist er international anerkannt für seine Expertise in der Masterplanung von komplexen Mischbebauungsvorhaben, die Schlüsselfaktoren bei der Regeneration unserer Stadt- und Ortszentren sind.

Adrian ist sich der Tatsache bewusst, dass die Bauvorhaben, die wir heute umsetzen, die Gesellschaft von morgen bilden und ist sich der Verantwortung unseres Berufs als Einfluss auf die Lebensqualität der Menschen bewusst. Er spricht auf Konferenzen und schreibt Abhandlungen über die Vorteile von Mischbebauungsvorhaben als langfristig nachhaltiges Modell. Adrian leitet das Konzept-Design-Team in Großbritannien.


Städtebau / Masterplanung / Mixed-Use / Einzelhandel / Freizeitbauten

Michael Cottam (BA, ACA)

Group Board Director, UK

Michael has been with Chapman Taylor since 2002 and is the Group Finance Director. A member of the Group Board, he also sits on the boards of the UK, Dϋsseldorf and Milan businesses.

Michael has over 30 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant and has been involved in finance and business administration in a variety of companies in a number of sectors.

Areas of expertise:

Finance / Business Administration

Michael entra a far parte di Chapman Taylor dal 2002 e ricopre la carica di direttore finanziario del Gruppo. È un membro del Main Board e uno dei quattro soci; fa inoltre parte del consiglio amministrativo degli studi del Regno Unito, di Dϋsseldorf e di Milano.

Michael ha oltre 30 anni di esperienza come Dottore Commercialista ed è stato coinvolto nella finanza e amministrazione aziendale di numerose aziende in diversi settori.

Aree di competenza:

Finance / Business Administration

Michael ist seit 2002 bei Chapman Taylor und ist Group Finance Director. Als Mitglied des Main Boards und Eigentümer des Unternehmens ist er auch Vorstandsmitglied in den Unternehmen in Großbritannien, Dϋsseldorf und Mailand.

Michael hat über 30 Jahre Erfahrung als Wirtschaftsprüfer und engagiert sich in der Finanz- und Betriebsverwaltung bei einer Vielzahl von Unternehmen in einer Reihe von Sektoren.


Finanzen / Geschäftsverwaltung

Mikel Barriola (B Arch Dip Arch ARB BEDA (Hons) COAM)

Group Board Director, Madrid

With a well-established track record, Mikel has experience on major projects across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America, with design expertise in retail, leisure, residential, hospitality and mixed-use developments.

Mikel joined Chapman Taylor in 1997 and became a Director of the Madrid studio in 2003. He joined the Group Board in 2020 and continues to take responsibility for the Madrid studio as Managing Director, including the direction and management of design, technical, financial and office administration.

Areas of expertise:

Masterplanning / Mixed-use / Urban Regeneration / Retail / Leisure

Mikel se incorporó a Chapman Taylor en 1997 y se convirtió en Director del Estudio de Madrid en 2003. Hoy en día es el Director General y tiene la responsabilidad de la dirección general del Estudio (diseño, parte técnica y financiera y administración de la oficina).

La experiencia que posee Mikel se extiende por toda Europa, Medio Oriente, África y Sudamérica siendo especialista en el diseño de centros comerciales, de ocio, viviendas, hoteles y proyectos de uso mixto.

Áreas de especialización:

Planes Directores / Uso Mixto / Regeneración urbana / Centros Comerciales / Ocio

Jon Hale (BA (Hons) Dip Arch ARB ČKA)

Group Board Director, Prague

Jon heads up Chapman Taylor's business in the Central Eastern Europe (CEE) region, leading on the design and implementation of projects in the Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Serbia.

Based in Prague since 1991, Jon joined Chapman Taylor in London in 1997 and was invited to the Group Board in 2020. His knowledge of the CEE markets and his leadership have helped our Prague studio become one of the foremost architects of commercial buildings in the region. The Prague team is dedicated to delivering high-quality architecture to clients in the CEE region with a strong emphasis on delivering sustainable and commercially successful projects that people enjoy.

Areas of expertise:

Mixed-use / Workplace / Residential / Retail

Ruprecht Melder (Dipl Ing Architekt (Univ))

Group Board Director, Düsseldorf

Ruprecht is responsible for leading the design and delivery of major workplace, retail, and mixed-use projects in our Düsseldorf studio.

He has established the role of 'General Planner' within the Düsseldorf studio and has successfully led General Planner teams on several large-scale projects and is dedicated to delivering high-quality architecture to our clients.

Ruprecht joined Chapman Taylor in 1995. After joining the Düsseldorf management board as a Prokurist in 2008, he became joint Managing Director in 2013 to support the growth of our German business and continues to oversee project work in Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Slovenia. He joined the Group Board in 2021.

Areas of expertise:

General Planner / Retail / Mixed-use / Workplace

Ruprecht ist seit 1995 bei Chapman Taylor und ist verantwortlich für die Konzeption und Durchführung von Einzelhandels-, Büro- und Mixed-Use-Projekten in unserem Büro in Düsseldorf.

Im Jahr 2008 wurde Ruprecht Melder als Prokurist Teil der Geschäftsführung und ist seit 2013 als Geschäftsführer für die Leitung und die Entwicklung des Düsseldorfer Standortes zuständig. 2021 wurde er in den Vorstand von Chapman Taylor berufen.

Ein weiterer Tätigkeitsschwerpunkt ist die des Generalplaners. Diesen Aufgabenbereich hat Ruprecht im deutschen Büro etabliert und hat sich als Leiter von Generalplanungs-Teams bei Großprojekten erfolgreich bewährt.


Generalplanung / Einzelhandel / Mixed-Use / Bürobau

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