Main Board Director Adrian Griffiths writes about how to save failing UK retail schemes

Main Board Director Adrian Griffiths has written an Insight paper on how failing UK retail schemes can be saved.

In the paper, Adrian argues that, while providing a strong mix of uses is crucial to the health of our town and city centres, throwing in other uses won’t always save a failing retail scheme. He emphasises that the retail sector has a strong future, for a number of reasons, but that many schemes will need to rethink their strategies if they are to survive and thrive in the coming years.

In particular, he makes the case that the increasing number of vacant former retail units must be filled cleverly – with the F&B market already nearing saturation point, for example, the increasingly common approach of adding substantial F&B provision to provide that crucial sense of experience might not be sustainable – any new mix of uses must be well-thought-through.

He also argues that political commitment to our urban centres must be at the centre of any national renewal strategy – especially because only local authorities are in the position to buy and invest in many of those centres.

Chapman Taylor has long advocated the benefits of providing 24-hour, integrated environments in which an excellent retail offer sits alongside leisure, F&B, residential office, hospitality and community functions. First and foremost, however, we believe that the retail component must be sound, so that the accompanying mix of uses, when well-considered, can have the maximum benefit for the scheme and the community as a whole.

To read Adrian’s paper, please click here.

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

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