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View of the ceiling Inside the mall Vista exchange; theatre, amphitheatre, shopping mall


Designing a successful shopping centre involves not only drawing people in, but also providing the ideal layout in a comfortable, enjoyable environment which encourages visitors to stay and spend.

We cover every aspect involved in the development of world class retail centres.

Our building consultancy helps clients control noise, reverberation and vibration to enhance user comfort and building performance. We understand the influences lighting has on shopping behaviour and our lighting experts are advancing technology to develop ever-imaginative uses for design – for instance, illuminating ceilings for dramatic effect.

Our building consultancy has a dedicated team of environmental ergonomists who consider people’s needs and behaviour in a building. And our fire engineers provide strategies to tackle the reaction of buildings and people to fire, enabling safe evacuation.

Our ability to interpret sustainability policy, which we’ve often helped shape, means we see the big picture and cut through issues to deliver the right planning solutions. And our informed approach means we can respond to mechanical and electrical solutions that match or even exceed the stakeholders’ sustainability aspirations.

Our commissions extend from feasibility studies and tender designs through to detailed design and construction supervision. Our experience in new developments and refurbishment, with the wealth of disciplines we cover, enables us to provide a comprehensive service.

How we added value is demonstrated on these projects:

Bahrain City Centre Mall

Mall of the Emirates

To meet a fast-track construction programme our project team devised various value engineering ideas during the design stage. One innovative approach saw us adopting mass concrete foundations instead of traditional piled foundations – imaginatively combining basic design principles with lower cost, locally available raw materials to save time and money.

Mirdif City Centre Mall

Working with RTKL and Holfords Architects, Mott MacDonald was responsible for structural engineering design and site supervision of the structural works during construction. Long-span lightweight steel roof trusses were used to provide large column-free spaces, allowing for enhanced air circulation and a fresher environment.

Singapore Hub

The mixed-use building in Singapore meets world-class acoustic, environmental, comfort and fire safety standards. We helped achieve environmental efficiencies including the minimisation of air conditioning, a 10% energy saving from using movement sensors for lighting activation, maximisation of daylighting plus the use of environmentally friendly materials. Building services were highlighted by Singapore’s Building & Construction Authority when awarding the building a Green Mark Gold Award for sustainability.

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