Bullring Location City: Birmingham, UK

A major retail destination in the heart of Birmingham

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The Birmingham Alliance / Sir Robert McAlpine


Key Info

111,400m² lettable retail floor space, 32,000m² for anchor tenant Selfridges and 23,000m² for Debenhams, a catering area and 1,000 parking spaces
11.1 hectares / 111,400m² GLA
Completed in 2003

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Successful design implementation

Historically, the Bullring has been an important feature of Birmingham since the Middle Ages, when its market was first held. Located between New Street and St. Martin’s Church, and accommodating a 15m change in level, the new Bullring consists of two principal buildings, East and West Mall. With access from St. Martin's Square at upper ground level, the two malls are also connected at lower ground level beneath the square, incorporating an extensive 7,000m² SkyPlane glazed roof which spans the full width of both malls.

One of the busiest shopping centres in the UK

Within a year of opening, Bullring had become the busiest shopping centre in the UK, with 36.5 million visitors. The centre has been a huge success, winning seven major awards and attracting customers from all over the world.

Iconic store design

The development houses a 32,000m² Selfridges department store, one of only four stores that the brand operates in the UK. It also provides a 23,000m² Debenhams store, 160 retail units, as well as two levels of car parking, customer information areas and a management suite.

Working directly with Sir Robert McAlpine, Chapman Taylor was responsible for the detailed design and delivery of the £250m shopping and leisure complex, which was completed on time and within budget.

Tim Partington (BA (Hons), B Arch RIBA)

Director, UK

Tim has been an integral part of the Chapman Taylor team since 1986. Having served on the Group Board from 2006 to 2023, he has played an active role in shaping the strategic direction and growth of the business, working closely with his fellow directors and studio teams.

In 2000, Tim took on the challenge of establishing Chapman Taylor's Manchester studio which under his leadership has grown and developed into the successful and diverse architectural studio it is today.

With extensive expertise from early concept design through to project delivery, Tim has a proven track record of designing and delivering complex mixed-use developments both in the UK and abroad. His dedication to achieving exceptional design outcomes has earned him a reputation as a leader in his field.

Areas of expertise:

Mixed-use / Workplace / Residential / Retail / Design Management / Delivery

Tim entra a far parte di Chapman Taylor dal 1986 e si unisce al Main Board nel 2006. In qualità di Direttore ricopre un ruolo attivo nella definizione della direzione strategica e della crescita del business insieme agli altri membri del Consiglio.

Tim ha contribuito alla creazione dello studio Chapman Taylor Manchester nel 2000 e continua a gestirlo: è inoltre responsabile del gruppo progettuale inglese, della pianificazione delle risorse e della strategia BIM/CAD.

Riconosciuto per la sua conoscenza di gestione del progetto, ha una comprovata esperienza nella progettazione e nella consegna di complessi multifunzionali sia nel Regno Unito che a livello internazionale.

Aree di competenza:

Mixed-use / Office / Residential / Retail / Design Management / Delivery

Tim ist seit 1986 bei Chapman Taylor und trat dem LLP Main Board im Jahr 2006 bei. Als Eigentümer hat er mit anderen Vorstandsmitgliedern des Main Boards eine aktive Rolle bei der Gestaltung der strategischen Ausrichtung und des Wachstums des Unternehmens.

Er war verantwortlich für den Aufbau von Chapman Taylors Studio in Manchester im Jahr 2000 und leitet weiterhin diesen Teil des Geschäfts zusammen mit dem Designmanagement, der Ressourcenplanung und BIM/CAD-Strategie des GB-Geschäfts.

Anerkannt für seine Design-Management-Expertise, kann er eine Erfolgsbilanz bei der Entwicklung und Realisierung von komplexen Mischbebauungsvorhaben in Großbritannien und international vorweisen.


Mixed-Use / Bürobau / Wohnungsbau / Einzelhandel / Projektleitung / Ausführungsplanung

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