Ashford Designer Outlet Extension officially opens to the public in Kent

The Ashford Designer Outlet extension, home to the largest living green wall in Europe, has officially opened to the public in Kent after 21 months of construction.

The extension, designed by Chapman Taylor’s London studio alongside Applied Landscape Design, and delivered by our Bristol studio in conjunction with Main Contractor McLaren, adds 46 retail, leisure and F&B units to the 80 already operating, as well as a new events space and a children’s play area. The canopy roof on the existing building was modified to tie the new area in visually.

A net 324 extra parking spaces have been created to serve the development, while links to Ashford town centre are being improved to facilitate the whole scheme. Our shell & core design and delivery for the extension has achieved BREEAM Very Good certification for sustainability, while there is also a large and attractive public realm element to the scheme, designed by Applied Landscape Design.

Reflecting Kent’s status as “the Garden of England”, the living green wall of tens of thousands of vertically-stacked which clads the centre is the largest living wall in Europe – greeting affluent long-haul tourists from Europe and beyond as well as day-out shoppers.

The extension project was conceived by our client, McArthurGlen, as an opportunity to revamp the whole retail experience and to create a flagship designer outlet centre for the UK – which we believe has been fully achieved.

Congratulations to everyone involved in helping to realise this ambitious scheme – we wish everyone occupying the new extension many years of successful trading ahead.

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

Main Board Director, UK

Adrian joined Chapman Taylor in 1986 and was promoted to the Main 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.

Schwerpunkte:

Städtebau / Masterplanung / Mixed-Use / Einzelhandel / Freizeitbauten

Kieran Bradley

Associate Director, Bristol

Kieran Joined Chapman Taylor’s Bristol team as an Associate Director in March 2017 and performs an operational lead role within the Bristol studio while leading several project teams through the detailed design and delivery stages.

Kieran has over 20 years’ experience working in architecture, leading delivery teams on a range of private and public sector projects across the UK - including major mixed-use, residential, MoD, healthcare, and science & technology schemes.

His strengths lie in leading the technical delivery and construction periods of projects, and he understands the importance of communication and relationships within the design team and with the main contractor to ensure the successful delivery of projects.

Areas of expertise:

Design Management/Delivery/Residential/Office/Retail/Mixed-use/MoD/Healthcare/Science & Technology

Kieran Joined Chapman Taylor’s Bristol team as an Associate Director in March 2017 and performs an operational lead role within the Bristol studio while leading several project teams through the detailed design and delivery stages.

Kieran has over 20 years’ experience working in architecture, leading delivery teams on a range of private and public sector projects across the UK - including major mixed-use, residential, MoD, healthcare, and science & technology schemes.

His strengths lie in leading the technical delivery and construction periods of projects, and he understands the importance of communication and relationships within the design team and with the main contractor to ensure the successful delivery of projects.

Areas of expertise:

Design Management/Delivery/Residential/Office/Retail/Mixed-use/MoD/Healthcare/Science & Technology

Lucy Flintoff (BA(hons), BArch, MA, ARB, RIBA)

Associate Director, London

Lucy joined Chapman Taylor in 2010 and has an established track record having worked on a number of award-winning high profile projects from concept to delivery.

Having played a key role in our London studio’s Senior Architect group, Sustainability Group and the Technical Panel, Lucy became an Associate Director in 2017 and has strong expertise in leading and managing large design teams on major projects.

Areas of expertise:

Retail / Mixed-use / Leisure / Delivery

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