​The newly transformed Spektrum shopping centre opens to the public in Prague

The newly redeveloped Spektrum shopping centre has opened to the public in Prague’s Čestlice district.

Eight stores and services and four restaurants and cafés are welcoming their first customers, with seven more brands to open their doors soon.

The old Spektrum Centre was demolished and has been replaced by a brand new retail concept designed to meet the increasing demand for high-quality retail and services from the local population.

The highly convenient retail park creates a modern and dynamic environment using high-quality materials and attractive landscaping. More than 20 commercial spaces can be accommodated, with tenants having the opportunity to operate on two levels, if required. Special attention has been given to the landscaping, with extensive greenery and outside seating areas providing a relaxing atmosphere for visitors. There are also areas in which children can spend time and have fun.

Chapman Taylor designed the scheme for CPI Property Group, with the landscape design being developed by Šmídová Landscape Architects.

The demolition of the existing 1990s centre and the construction of a completely new building is thought to be the first of several others anticipated in the Czech Republic and the wider CEE region as some of the post-Communist era developments reach the end of their useful life. While many buildings can be successfully repurposed, and this is the preferred and sustainable solution, a number of projects from this era suffer from fundamental conceptual flaws, for example, inflexible and poorly planned construction systems and a failure to meet current fire safety standards.

Chapman Taylor has an industry-leading record in adding value to existing sites and developments, from shopping centres and leisure venues to office buildings, residential, hotels and transportation hubs.

Filip Pokorny (PhD (Urban Planning and Brownfield Regeneration))

Director, Prague

Filip is responsible for the management of our key projects in Prague. He has strong retail design skills, as well as specialist design skills in planning and regeneration.

Balancing commercial and architectural insights, he has worked across all project stages, from feasibility, planning and building permitting processes through to on-site construction quality control.

Filip has been with Chapman Taylor’s Prague studio since 2007.

Areas of expertise:

Retail / Residential / Masterplanning / Brownfield Redevelopment

Jan Pokorny (Ing Arch)

Associate Director, Prague

Jan has extensive design experience and has worked on many projects in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Switzerland.

His primary strength is in conceptual design and development, and he is able to use his excellent free-hand sketching and rendering skills to great effect.

Jan joined Chapman Taylor’s Prague studio in 2004 and was promoted to Associate Director in 2017.

Areas of expertise:

Conceptual design / Residential / Retail / Workplace / Hotel

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