Retail Park Re-invention, UK
Material Works Architecture are developing ideas to successfully redevelop existing retail parks as diverse and sustainable local urban hubs. The scheme proposes ways of sparing large retail structures from demolition by injecting a rich mix of new uses. The proposal utilises internal timber construction and mezzanine floor structures to create space for new uses including co-working, sports, education, workshops and galleries, restaurants, meeting spaces and performance venues.
A shift toward active urban travel allows the existing large car-parks to be greatly reduced. This creates space for new build housing set between existing structures in turn interspersed with parkland, play-space and increased bio-diversity.