London’s Retail: exploring what works

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The retail sector faces an unprecedented era of flux. With the rise of rents, online retailing, new technologies and changing consumer expectations, London’s retail landscape is evolving fast to meet new demands. In anticipation of these shifts, how can the built environment sector adapt to ensure a bright future for retail in London?

Contextualised by London’s highly competitive retail climate, and defined by creative thinking, the responsive evolution of the sector can be clearly understood in some of London’s new and established retail districts. London’s Retail: exploring what works looks at what lessons can be learned from these places, and what role is the built environment sector playing in shaping retail-led schemes that are able to withstand the test of time.

This research profiles a selection of London’s most innovative responses within the sector, showcasing findings across four key themes – place, flexibility, leadership and the culture of retail.

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Contents
Introduction
Part 1: Review
   Place
   Flexibility
   Leadership
   Culture
Part 2: Industry insight
Part 3: Viewpoints
   Cadogan 
   Pop Brixton and Peckham Lvels
   Chiltern Street
   Retail in transport hubs
   Catford Mews
   Coal Drops Yard
   Retail Architecture
Summary
Notes and further reading
Acknowledgements 

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The retail sector faces an unprecedented era of flux. With the rise of rents, online retailing, new technologies and changing consumer expectations, London’s retail landscape is evolving fast to meet new demands.

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