Chapman Taylor’s extensive and diverse office portfolio

Chapman Taylor has extensive experience of designing office developments of all typologies in many countries around the world. Well-designed workplace environments can help increase productivity and job satisfaction. Our success in the office sector has been built by focusing on the specific needs of clients and end-users, and by combining cutting-edge thinking on workspace design with commercial credibility and operational efficiency. Our experience across a variety of development sectors means that we are ideally placed to cut and carve office schemes to add other uses such as leisure and F&B. Here, we outline some of Chapman Taylor’s office developments worldwide.

​MediaCityUK Tomorrow, Manchester, UK

MediaCityUK Tomorrow is a sustainable, low-energy, mixed-use building which provides flexible office space for the digital media, technology and creative industries. Provided with world-class connectivity (awarded Wired ‘Platinum’ rating), the building is flexible and responsive to the changing needs of occupiers, whilst providing a fun working environment. The 112-bed hotel has its own entrance at ground floor.

Chapman Taylor, as Design and Delivery Architect, used the latest 3D BIM technology to develop the design and integrate the structure, services and specialist elements into the building, delivering a fully coordinated design. The scheme is sustainable and energy-efficient, achieving BREEAM ‘Excellent’ ratings. Tomorrow won ‘Best Workplace at the 2017 Northern Regional BCO awards.

ISG, Manchester, UK

World-leading construction services company ISG took an 8,500 sq ft lease in the Tomorrow building at MediaCityUK, which was designed and delivered by Chapman Taylor, relocating its Manchester headquarters from Exchange Quay. The interior design concept for ISG’s headquarters adopts an urban loft theme, using materials which evoke the northern waterways connecting Manchester and Liverpool to bring a sense of life and connection to the long and narrow floor plate.

Chapman Taylor’s plan was carefully designed to provide an efficient floor layout which would maximise integration of the design concept with the client’s vision and operational requirements. 

NOI Techpark, Bolzano, Italy

The NOI (Nature of Innovation) Technology Park development in Bolzano involved the refurbishment of existing industrial buildings and the construction of a new building, called the ‘Black Monolith’, which creates an architectural bridge between the existing rationalist-style factory structures. The new complex is designed to house a wide range of innovation companies, research institutions and training centres.

Chapman Taylor’s Milan studio conceived and designed the new technology park in collaboration with local architects, Studio CL&AA. This striking project is carbon neutral and has LEED ND Gold sustainability certification.

MediaCityUK, Manchester, UK

MediaCityUK is the most significant media development that the UK has seen in decades, becoming home to the BBC and ITV, as well as the University of Salford’s Media Faculty, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and over 200 creative, digital and tech support SMEs. The project incorporates 380 apartments, a 200-key hotel, speculative office buildings, a site-wide tri-generation energy centre, retail and catering outlets and a multi-storey car park.

Chapman Taylor acted as lead architect for phase one of this £500m project. MediaCityUK is the world’s first BREEAM Sustainable Community, integrating pioneering sustainable design across the entire site. It won the Regeneration Project of the Year award at the MIPIM UK Awards, 2015. Chapman Taylor is continuing to work with Peel Media and L&G Capital as the masterplanner for phase two, and on building designs which include 1,800 further residential units and more office buildings.

Port Baku Tower, Baku, Azerbaijan

Port Baku Tower is a high-rise office complex on the Bay of Baku, with two towers providing 14 and 32 storeys of office and retail space. Designed for Pasha Construction, the office tower has housed their corporate headquarters since 2011. The 120-metre-tall building provides state-of-the-art office space, a large spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and sports amenities.

Chapman Taylor took the project from concept to delivery, setting a new standard for office space in Azerbaijan.

Oregon Park, Bucharest, Romania

Oregon Park is sustainably designed office space tailored specifically to tenant requirements. Building A provides 20,000m² of offices, and is occupied by the US IT giant, Oracle. The interior design and layout was specified by the company’s employees. Building B provides a further 24,000m² of office space, and is occupied by Deloitte and several tenants working in the digital industries.

Chapman Taylor was the lead design architect, and also provided detailed author’s site inspections. Phase one completed in January 2017. Phase two will complete in 2018.

Airport City, Dusseldorf, Germany

Chapman Taylor designed three office buildings as part of the Airport City complex adjacent to Dusseldorf Airport. The first of these, completed in 2009, is AirGate, containing seven floors of office space incorporating two fully glazed, three-storey glass atrium spaces. In addition, an innovative heating and cooling system was built into the building’s concrete frame.

AirPark, completed in 2015, has six floors of office space located next to an idyllic park and within walking distance of the airport terminal. Also opened in 2015 was AirView, a seven-storey office building designed with employee comfort in mind. The building is triple-glazed and incorporates state-of-the-art heating and cooling systems.

Chapman Taylor was responsible for the design of the three office buildings – at AirGate in conjunction with AIP Consulting Dusseldorf, and at AirPark and AirView in association with AIP Planungs GmbH.

Chapman Taylor Milan Studio, Italy

A former Milanese theatre space in a historic industrial complex has been transformed into an architectural studio of 350m² for Chapman Taylor. To preserve the existing volume, space ratio and historical architecture, the necessary service functions were placed within an enclosed 'cube', detached from the existing structure.

Chapman Taylor’s Milan team designed their own studio in keeping with the company’s belief that offices must be places where employees feel comfortable, motivated and inspired.

Shangyo Mansion, Shanghai, China

Chapman Taylor recently won a competition to redesign the 20-year-old office building Shangyo Mansion, headquarters of the Chinese pharmaceutical giant Shangyao, in Shanghai. The 11,300m² GFA development stands immediately adjacent to Xintiandi, Shanghai’s upscale pedestrianised shopping, eating and entertainment area.

Office spaces will be more flexible, more efficient, more comfortable and more ecologically sustainable, using natural lighting and state-of-the-art energy efficiency technology. The floorspace combines a mix of fixed stations, hot-desking, conference spaces and breakout areas, creating a modern and future-proofed working environment designed to adapt to the changing needs of the company and its employees.

Los Cubos, Madrid, Spain

Los Cubos’s refurbishment adds fresh character to a 1970s office building while retaining the distinctive ‘cubic’ theme of the original building. Los Cubos contains nine floors of office space, totalling 32,000m2, and sits next to the busy M30 motorway.

Chapman Taylor’s Madrid studio won a competition to refurbish Los Cubos in 2015, with planning approval achieved in 2017.

Chapman Taylor is experienced in future-proofing office designs so that they can adapt quickly to the incredible pace of change in the sector. We know how to make use of space so that letting value is maximised, and our global team has a wealth of knowledge and experience in designing dynamic and complex solutions, with the resources to implement them. 

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