Transport hub evolution

Worldwide, we are seeing the expansion of uses for land in and around our airports, stations and ports becoming big business and a valuable source of income for occupiers and landlords alike.

As a result, our expert team, with its extensive mixed-use and infrastructure experience, have recently been appointed on two large-scale infrastructure projects, both in the UK and abroad. The appointments include a visioning process to look at what HS2 might offer at its stations that goes over and above the usual consumer experience.

We have also recently been appointed on one of the world’s busiest international airports, which complements the work we are already doing at Dubai Airport, as announced in MIPIM 2015 and at Port of Dover.

These appointments reflect the growing importance of retail spaces within transport hubs.

To maximise on this commercial space, public areas in transport hubs need to be expertly designed and executed to enhance retailer-consumer engagement, encourage dwell time and increase passenger spend in a terminal or stations’ stores.

This is more challenging in an airport or station environment compared to, for example, a shopping centre, as the nature of transport locations means people are restricted by the amount of time they can spend in a particular area. Transport hubs are also host to a much wider demographic of passengers requiring the design solution for terminals and stations to meet the requirements of a more diverse range of people.

The team at Leslie Jones boasts both retail and aviation experience. As such, we are able to apply our knowledge of consumer and retailer needs alongside the unique requirements of transport hubs to produce successful commercial strategies within these environments. Our approach includes creating a range of store sizes and designs to provide the right tenant mix. From high end to high street, the two must come together alongside the right balance of food and beverage.

Making these bold design solutions, and simultaneously having the confidence to substantially invest now for the longer term, will be key for future infrastructure projects in looking to succeed in achieving world-class status.