BAA picks ‘preferred’ groups

Airport operator BAA has appointed BDG McColl, Chapman Taylor, The Design Solution and Fitch as retail consultants to its “preferred suppliers list”. This confers a similar status as a design roster.

The groups were chosen after a process which included a controversial application form, nicknamed War and Peace because of its meticulous attention to detail, and a presentation to the client (DW 26 September 1997).

Between them the four groups will establish a design framework for the client’s retail spaces right across its properties. These include Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports as well as the Heathrow Express railway service.

“We have a very general brief at the moment and are working with teams of architects to establish an outline plan,” says Chapman Taylor partner Chris Likesbury.

The appointments form part of a wider formalisation of BAA’s service suppliers. This includes a framework suppliers list of interior designers for both retail and non-retail spaces. Both are open to the four retail consultants, although the final lists have yet to be drawn up.

The retail design line-up follows the seven-strong architectural roster, which was announced more than a year ago (DW 20 December 1996).

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