Associate Director Daniel Morgans assesses the future of the UK’s retail park sector

Associate Director Daniel Morgans has written an Insight paper assessing current thinking on the future for retail parks in the UK. In it, he examines the key themes which will shape the retail park experience in years to come.

In particular, Daniel outlines eight fundamental concepts which retail park developers and designers should bear in mind in order to thrive in this challenging era.

  1. A sense of arrival, and evidence of a ‘story’.
  2. A curated guest experience, with seamless digital integration and an ever-changing programme of local events.
  3. A sense of place and community, and an engaging, attractive environment.
  4. Points of convergence and grandeur, and a mix of scales.
  5. A mix of uses (leisure, retail, F&B) and a range of tenancies that constantly evolves.
  6. High standards and discipline, but not exclusive of a sense of fun.
  7. If appropriate, a residential, office and/or live/work component to the site.
  8. Prepare for the future, but don’t try and predict it.

Chapman Taylor is an industry-leading expert in well-considered retail and mixed-use design and delivery. Our new-build design experience and existing asset enhancement skills help owners and developers find and add value to their retail-led development.

To read Daniel’s insights into the way forward for the retail park sector, please click here

Daniel Morgans (BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA)

Associate Director, London

Daniel joined Chapman Taylor in 2017 as an Associate Director and works as a key member of our UK concept design team. A creative and innovative designer, he specialises in turning a client’s vision into a successful project.

Daniel has over 15 years’ experience as an architect in the UK and overseas, eight of these spent working in the luxury residential and hospitality sectors and on a number of sensitive urban and historical sites.

He also has experience in coordinating teams for large-scale mixed-use projects in the Middle East, Europe and CIS. 

Areas of Expertise:

Concept Design / Mixed-Use / Luxury Hotels / Hotel Resorts / Residential / Listed and sensitive sites 

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