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Return of MAPIC hails industry revival


Deniz Mall in Baku has been picking up international awards since it opened last year

GLOBAL architects and masterplanners Chapman Taylor see the return of MAPIC as an important sign that the property and construction industries are coming out of their enforced hibernation.
Group board director Adrian Griffiths said: “Some markets have been affected more than others but overall things are starting to improve. The Chinese market, for instance, came back quickly.”
Although the firm is highlighting its retail expertise at MAPIC, Griffiths said pure-play retail projects were increasingly rare. “Our sweet spot is designing complex mixed-use spaces with a real sense of community.”
For example the Chapman Taylor stand features a model of the 120,000 sq m Deniz Mall in Baku, Azerbaijan. Chapman Taylor designed the original building as a congress centre in 2007, and now the building has been repurposed – keeping the same design – to become Azerbaijan's premier entertainment venue. The building houses a family-orientated day-out experience, including entertainment, retail, leisure and dining over five floors.
Another strand of Chapman Taylor’s expertise that Griffiths is keen to highlight is the planning of transport hubs. Having worked on St Pancras International Station and Heathrow Terminal 5 in London, the firm now shares its expertise globally with projects including Jeddah Airport in Saudi Arabia. “Our philosophy for transport hubs is that they need to be used for more than just transport – they also need to attract people on an everyday basis,” Griffiths said.





 
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