Software and retail – In part 15 and 16 of our 25 years celebrations, we discuss how – in the right hands – advances in technology and retail spaces can impact how we continue to build and design the future.
As high streets and town centres change, retail spaces are becoming more than a one-stop destination and rather an urban playground combining experiences and entertainment; the use of traditional anchors versus a more granular spread is in question in towns and cities. Master-planned hubs, such as Westquay Southhampton, Whiteleys and Highcross Leicester have allowed us to create new kind of destination fit for a post-pandemic world whilst the combination of new and existing at Duke of York Square gives another model.
As technology advances rapidly and we learn more about building considerately, our views as engineers shift to a more zero-emission world. To enable us to move with technology, we utilise custom software to enhance how we adapt, remodel structures and deliver schemes. Bespoke in-house tools such as Carbon.AKT and our interoperability interface Re.AKT give us the opportunity to have an in-depth understanding of a structure and bring new approaches to both old and new buildings.