Construction is underway on a new retail quarter for Bracknell town centre. Designed by BDP for Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, a joint venture between Legal & General and Schroders along with Bracknell Forest Council, The Lexicon is a next generation shopping and leisure destination. A vibrant mix of brands and experiences will provide a new social and cultural heart for the town, offering soft green landscaped spaces for entertainment and events, and a high quality mix of shops and leisure venues connected in a pedestrian-friendly environment.
BDP is lead consultant, architect and lighting designer for the six blocks that constitute the Northern Retail Quarter. The scheme comprises two department stores, retail units, restaurants and cafes, 10 screen cinema, multi storey car park and 92 apartments defining a series of new covered and open streets and civic squares as part of the 60,000 sqm scheme town centre regeneration.
The project has been developed utilising a rich warm palette of materials including brick, timber, feature perforated aluminium, coloured glazing, gold/silver coloured copper cladding and green walls along with elegant street covers and canopies. A key concept for the scheme and public realm design has been ‘the greening of Bracknell’ to transform the character of the existing town.
BDP is further employed by the client in a monitoring, planning and retail delivery capacity as part of the design and build process, as contractor Mace delivers the £200m regeneration scheme.
The Lexicon is due to open in spring 2017. BDP has already completed a Waitrose supermarket in 2011 which forms one of the anchors for the scheme. The store has won a BCSC award, a BREEAM award and was shortlisted for a RIBA award.