End of year review: a time to reflect and look forward

The festive season is nearly upon us, leading many to reflect on what has been, on the whole, a largely positive year for the property and retail industry both in the UK and across Europe.

With the exception of a few openings, including BCSC Gold Award winning Old Market, Hereford, the retail and leisure focus in 2014 has been largely on refurbishment and extensions. The cautious optimism is likely to continue into 2015 with many more regeneration projects across London and the regions likely to come to fruition in the next 12 months.

These projects will need to continue to be more creative, both in terms of the retail and leisure mix but also in design, if they are to continue to capture the imagination of the increasingly discerning and sophisticated consumer. Indeed, at Leslie Jones Architecture we have been working on schemes set to complete in 2015 including Queensberry Real Estate and Newport City Council’s Friar's Walk, Newport and Salmon Harvester’s Cathedral Plaza, Worcester, where innovative and inclusive design that is sympathetic to its context, has been of paramount importance.

Further afield, the strength of the UK means our specialists’ skills and knowledge-base is in high demand in growing economies across Eastern European, the Middle East and North Africa.

At Leslie Jones Architecture, we will continue to work primarily in the UK market but are increasingly exporting our expertise and creative design skills to selective opportunities across the EMEA region, including our two recently announced Minsk projects, Kinan in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and more international projects to be announced in the New Year.

As ever, thank you for your continued support over the past 12 months and we look forward to working with you in the New Year!