​City Plaza in Wuppertal, Germany, wins 2019 MAPIC “Best Retail City Centre Regeneration” Award

City Plaza in Wuppertal has won the prestigious 2019 MAPIC Award for the “Best Retail City Centre Regeneration” category.

MAPIC, held each November the southern French city of Cannes, is the leading showcase for the best in international retail property. More than 8,500 participants from over 80 countries will take part, including leading names in architecture, investment, retailing and other parts of the retail sector.

A five-storey flagship store for Primark, City Plaza is the centrepiece of a large urban redevelopment project which marks the rail gateway to Wuppertal’s city centre, forming part of an assembly of impressive historical buildings which define the remodelled square in front of the railway station.

City Plaza’s curved façade is clad with brass panels which alternate with the glass of the curtain wall, lifting the area's look and feel alongside major improvements to the surrounding public realm.

The wider project has transformed what was a neglected railway station district. The busy urban hub is used by tens of thousands of rail and bus passengers every day, and their experience is now much more pleasant.

The railway station was previously severed from the city centre by a dual carriageway, and pedestrians had to walk through an unwelcoming underpass. That highway was lowered by 6m and a new bridge built, flanked on both sides by retail/F&B pavilions (fully let).

A five-storey flagship store for Primark, City Plaza is the centrepiece of a large urban redevelopment project which marks the rail gateway to Wuppertal’s city centre, forming part of an assembly of impressive historical buildings which define the remodelled square in front of the railway station.

City Plaza’s curved façade is clad with brass panels which alternate with the glass of the curtain wall, lifting the area's look and feel alongside major improvements to the surrounding public realm.

The wider project has transformed what was a neglected railway station district. The busy urban hub is used by tens of thousands of rail and bus passengers every day, and their experience is now much more pleasant. The railway station was previously severed from the city centre by a dual carriageway, and pedestrians had to walk through an unwelcoming underpass. That highway was lowered by 6m and a new bridge built, flanked on both sides by retail/F&B pavilions (fully let).

The new bridge transforms the pedestrian experience, seamlessly linking the station with the city centre.

Chapman Taylor’s Düsseldorf studio, together with the investor, Signature Capital, won a prestigious German Polis Award for City Plaza in the “Regenerated Town Centres” category in 2016. The project has also won the 2019-20 European Property Award for “Best Retail Architecture in Germany”.

City Plaza is the most important redevelopment project that Wuppertal has seen in the post-war era and is already a catalyst for further development – helping Wuppertal to regain its historic self-confidence.

Congratulations on this well-deserved award to Signature Capital and to everyone involved in creating this landmark urban regeneration scheme for Wuppertal.

Jens Siegfried (Dipl. Ing. Architekt (FH))

董事, 杜塞尔多夫

Jens joined Chapman Taylor’s London studio in 1989 and was instrumental in developing Chapman Taylor’s expansion into the European markets during the early 1990s.  

He relocated to Germany in 1997 and is now joint Managing Director of Chapman Taylor’s Dusseldorf studio where he is responsible for the continued development and growth of the German business.

He has completed a wide range of projects and has an established track record in the design of retail and mixed-use schemes in Germany and Central and Eastern Europe. 

Areas of expertise:

Concept design / Retail / Mixed-use

Jens ist seit 1989 bei Chapman Taylor und war in den 1990er Jahren maßgeblich an der internationalen Expansion des Büros in Europa beteiligt.

Mit der Gründung von Chapman Taylor Düsseldorf im Jahr 2002 übernahm er als Geschäftsführer die volle Verantwortung für die Weiterentwicklung und das Wachstum des deutschen Büros.

Er hat eine Vielzahl von Bauvorhaben in Deutschland, Zentral- und Osteuropa realisiert, sein Schwerpunkt liegt in der Planung von Einzelhandels – und Mixed-Use-Immobilien.

Schwerpunkte:

Konzeptentwurf / Einzelhandel / Mixed-Use

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