Chapman Taylor to Design Ferra & CO Retail and Entertainment Park in Durres, Albania

We are pleased to announce that Chapman Taylor has been selected as the design firm for the Ferra & CO Retail and Entertainment Park project in Durres, Albania.

Situated in the vibrant city of Durres, located on the beautiful Adriatic coast of Albania just 33km west of the capital city, Tirana, the project site spans an expansive area of 220,000 square metres. The proposed Gross Leasable Area (GLA) for the retail, cinema, and food court components is 40,000 square metres.

Durres, experiencing rapid urban growth, has become the second most populous city in Albania, boasting a population of approximately 210,000 people. Positioned at the north-east border of the city, the site offers excellent visibility from both Durres and Tirana.

Albania is renowned for its breathtaking mountains, stunning seafronts, rich history, and vibrant traditional culture. The Albanian people embrace a Mediterranean lifestyle, spending a significant amount of time outdoors.

In line with the unique characteristics of the region, the Ferra & CO Retail and Entertainment Park is designed to be a haven for families and friends, providing a wide range of activities and landscaped zones for an immersive day outdoors. The project aims to create a vibrant destination that brings people together, fostering a sense of community and providing an unforgettable experience for visitors.

Chapman Taylor, with its extensive expertise in retail and entertainment design, is committed to delivering a project that harmoniously blends with the natural surroundings and reflects the cultural heritage of Albania. The design will focus on creating an inviting and dynamic environment, where retail, leisure, and sports seamlessly integrate, offering an exceptional destination for residents and tourists alike.

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We are thrilled to be part of this exciting endeavour and look forward to collaborating with Ferra & CO to bring their vision to life. Together, we will create a remarkable retail and entertainment park that celebrates the spirit of Durres and offers an unparalleled experience for all.

Xavier Grau (EUATB OAB)

Director, Brussels

Xavier has a wide range of design skills, with extensive experience working internationally. He has completed projects in many countries and cultural environments.

He specialises in the design and project management of mixed-use developments, and has particular expertise in the residential, workplace and retail sectors.

Xavier joined Chapman Taylor in 1997 as a design architect and project manager. He became the Director responsible for our Brussels studio in 2005.

Areas of Expertise:

Mixed-use / Retail

Mariia Grachova (MS Arch)

Director, Brussels

Mariia has worked on major retail, transportation and mixed-use schemes in Europe, Africa and South Asia, including the Brussels Airport Connector building, Evry2 shopping centre and the adjacent Place des Terrasses urban regeneration development near Paris, Douala Airport in Cameroon and Dolmen shopping centre in Lahore, Pakistan.

Mariia joined Chapman Taylor in July 2012 and became a Director in 2023. Committed and rigorous, Mariia has displayed great leadership skills and is technically proficient, as well as being able to speak several languages.

Areas of expertise:

Retail / Transportation / Mixed-Use / Delivery

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