Projects

 

Thamesmead London - Southbank Centre Peabody - Greenwich Peninsula Knight Dragon - Stratford Waterfront Peabody - East Village Delancey - King’s Cross Coal Drops Yard Argent - Royal Albert Dock ABP - Here East Delancey - Television Centre Stanhope / Mitsuifudosan / Aimco - White City Place Stanhope / Mitsuifudosan / Aimco - Elephant & Castle Lendlease - Stratford Walk LLDC - International Quarter Lendlease

 
 
Photographer - Ronya Galka

Photographer - Ronya Galka

 

Thamesmead

Flipping a failed 1960s urban experiment into a benchmark neighbourhood, as part of Peabody’s largest regeneration project to date.

Client: London

 
 
Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

 

Challenge

The utopian vision of a diverse, cohesive and proud community at Thamesmead never came to fruition after completing construction – in fact it has failed spectacularly. Buildings and morale are both crumbling, and it is time to act and unlock this neighbourhood’s potential.

Approach

MARK was tasked with delivering a meanwhile use strategy for two sites, and a retail strategy for one of Thamesmead’s main public plazas, in order to revive the grand vision for this neighbourhood in a way that empowers existing residents and welcomes new ones.

For this to happen, everyone must feel invested and uplifted. We devised a strategy led by social and community-enterprises, where a mix of uses, a mix of architecture, a variety of public spaces (indoor and out) create a place for both daily routines and special events.

Impact

Not only is East Village a genuine and successful urban village, much-loved by local residents and a refreshing reprieve from its mega-mall neighbour, it has a feel as if it’s always been there – or at least always belonged there.

 
 
 
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Southbank Centre

The reinvigoration of London’s South Bank, the world’s largest single-run cultural centre.

Client: Peabody

 
 
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Challenge

1951 changed the South Bank forever, an emblem post-war Britain’s ambitions, it became of a cultural hub and showcase of civic-minded urban planning – but it hadn’t aged well. And its Brutalist-era design had made much of the site impenetrable. How could it be brought back to life?

Approach

Responsible for Southbank’s retail strategy, our team – which was destined to spinoff into MARK – worked to bring dining and shopping out in the open. Instead of being hidden away, bars, cafes and markets spilled onto terraces and rooftops – making them lively but also profitable spaces. New retailers and restaurants were convinced to plant their roots here, and many of those have become huge nationwide success stories – Giraffe’s first address was here.

Impact

A strong vision, diligently adhered to and smartly communicated – it has meant that the Southbank saw a four-fold increase in commercial income.

 
 
 
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Greenwich Peninsula

The largest brownfield development project in Europe, with a budget of £8.5billion it comprises 15,000 homes and 150 shops across 150 acres.

Client: Knight Dragon

 
 
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Challenge

How can you help create both variety and cohesion through retail?

Approach

With such a vast site, the object for retail strategy at Greenwich Peninsula was to support the development of seven different districts ¬– whether a contemporary high street, a new Design District for London, a totally reimagined Underground Station, or riverside luxury shopping.

Impact

As a result of the retail strategy, Greenwich Peninsula is rolling out an interesting mix of retail, largely independents and small multiples, attracting the attention of locals and drawing visitors.

 
 
 
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Stratford Waterfront

The final piece of the Olympic legacy, Stratford Waterfront is a new cultural hub for East London with major institutions, including the V&A Museum, The Smithsonian, BBC Music, University of the Arts and contemporary dance company Sadler’s Wells.

Client: Peabody

 
 
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Challenge

Good placemaking is good business. We had to make the case.

Approach

We had to make the case that ‘enlivenment’ wasn’t just a nice-to-have, but a necessity in bringing in a local audience, drawing the Waterfront together as one, and to carry on and secure the Olympic legacy. We worked with architects Allies and Morrison to develop appropriate retail spaces, and handpicked occupiers who could serve as an additional draw for visitors to the major new museums, galleries and venues there and encourage them to make a day of it.

Impact

Instead being left to chance, Stratford Waterfront will become a bustling hub of independent retailers and cafes, and beautifully programmed public spaces.

 
 
 
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East Village

A village vibe next to Europe’s largest shopping mall.

Client: Delancey

 
 
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Challenge

Creating a pocket of retailers and cafes from the former ground floor offices the Athlete’s Village at the Olympic Park. One that can support a sense of community and neighbourhood, in the shadow of the behemoth shopping centre, Westfield Stratford.

Approach

We created a sense of ‘place’ from scratch through bringing in some much-loved but under-the-radar London favourites, such as café Tina, We Salute You and art-loving pub Jaguar Shoes. Cultural programming too was all about playing off great London loves: food festivals, outdoor yoga classes, and art installations by acclaimed artists, both international and local.

Impact

Not only is East Village a genuine and successful urban village, much-loved by local residents and a refreshing reprieve from its mega-mall neighbour, it has a feel as if it’s always been there – or at least always belonged there.

 
 
 
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King’s Cross

Initial retail strategy for landmark shopping destination, Coal Drops Yard (2013).

Client: Argent

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Royal Albert Dock

Placemaking Strategy & implementation of a new business district.

Client: ABP

 
 
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Here East

Enlivenment Strategy & delivery transforming the former Olympic Press and Broadcast centres into a new innovation hub.

Client: Delancey

 
 
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Television Centre

Placemaking Strategy honouring the BBC legacy.

Client: Stanhope / Mitsuifudosan / Aimco

 
 
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Elephant & Castle

Creative Placemaking Strategy centred around cultural community engagement.

Client: Lendlease

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White City Place

Strategic enlivenment for new commercial district (former BBC Media Village).

Client: Stanhope / Mitsuifudosan / Aimco

 
 
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Stratford Walk

Transforming the public realm of main route into Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Client: LLDC

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International Quarter

Placemaking Strategy for the Olympic Park commercial heart.

Client: Lendlease