​Europe’s largest living green wall taking shape at Ashford Designer Outlet​

New images have been taken which show Europe’s largest living green wall taking shape at the Ashford Designer Outlet extension in Kent. The development is on course to open in the second half of this year.

Reflecting Kent’s status as the ‘Garden of England’, tens of thousands of vertically-stacked plants will clad the newly extended centre, greeting long-haul tourists from Europe and beyond as well as day-out shoppers.

The extension to the existing designer outlet will add 50 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 will be modified to tie the new area in visually.

A net 324 extra parking spaces will be created to serve the development, while links to Ashford town centre are being improved to facilitate the whole scheme. The extension is expected to add a further 500 employees to the current 1,000.

Chapman Taylor designed the new extension for McArthurGlen alongside Applied Landscape Design.

Nick Thursby (BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA)

Director, Bristol

Nick joined Chapman Taylor’s London studio in 1999 and worked on the award-winning Princesshay, Exeter scheme before joining the UK concept design team.

He was jointly responsible for establishing Chapman Taylor’s Bristol studio in 2013 and as a UK Board Director is now responsible for the ongoing development and management of this part of the UK business. Nick also leads Chapman Taylor’s Sustainability Group responsible for researching best-practice environmental design initiatives and innovation.

He has 20 years’ experience spanning all project stages.

Areas of expertise:

Retail / Residential / Mixed-use / Concept Design / Detailed Design / Sustainability

Nick joined Chapman Taylor’s London studio in 1999 and worked on the award-winning Princesshay, Exeter scheme before joining the UK concept design team.

He was jointly responsible for establishing Chapman Taylor’s Bristol studio in 2013 and as a UK Board Director is now responsible for the ongoing development and management of this part of the UK business. Nick also leads Chapman Taylor’s Sustainability Group responsible for researching best-practice environmental design initiatives and innovation.

He has 20 years’ experience spanning all project stages.

Areas of expertise:

Retail / Residential / Mixed-use / Concept Design / Detailed Design / Sustainability

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

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