Global player JHP talking shop in Far East and Italy

JHP will propose its ‘strategic rationale’ for the commercial masterplan of Bangkok’s multi-billion pound Suvarnabhumi Airport next week, with the design and retail mix at the 500 000m2 complex due to be agreed by the autumn.

The project – scheduled for completion in 2005 – has been commissioned by the Thai government to ease congestion at Bangkok’s existing international airport, Don Muang. Designed by Murphy Jahn Architects, it is one of the largest single terminal buildings in the world, expected to handle 76 flights an hour and up to 45 million passengers a year.

Working with local architect Concept International Design, JHP won the lucrative, six-figure commercial planning and retail development contract last November, following an international pitch process.

The group must maximise revenue generation through the design and layout of both the airside and landside interiors. The task involves location of key facilities and retail areas, such as duty-free shopping (architect’s impression pictured).

JHP joint managing director Steve Collis describes the brief as a ‘complete environment experience’. ‘We had a briefing session in May – next week we’ll give our review of everything we were given then,’ he says.

‘We need to establish what the starting point should be [for design specifics]. Overall, it’s a three-stage project: first, review, then agree the strategic rationale and, third, define the design and retail mix.’

Independent consultant Phil Holman, formerly with BAA, is working with JHP on the project.

Meanwhile, the group is also working on concepts for two ‘value outlets’ in Italy, offering 48 000m2 and 31 000m2 of space respectively at sites in Rome and Mantova.

The group has created ‘environmental landscaping’, signage and wayfinding, and store design for developer Fashion District.

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