Bond Street


This project provides Chelmsford with a vibrant new retail and leisure destination, which caters for its thriving and affluent population.


An inspirational development

at the heart of Chelmsford's
city centre

Bowmer and Kirkland 

Project Value
£150 million (gross)

300,000 ft2 construction 

Project Completion
Dec 2016

This 300,000 ft2 retail and leisure mixed use development for the client Aquila is located at the heart of Chelmford’s city centre. The redevelopment of Bond Street was a long-standing aspiration of the council and is seen to play a central role in Chelmsford’s offer as a major retail and leisure destination in the Essex region.

It has been designed to provide a combination of open-air shopping, riverside restaurants, cinema and public spaces whilst ensuring that it complements the city’s heritage and creates a fresh, contemporary retail offer. The riverside development anchored by John Lewis has attracted other leading UK high street brands such as Cath Kidston, Monsoon and The White Company.

We were commissioned to lead the architectural and technical delivery of the scheme for the construction of the development, having initially assisted Bowmer & Kirkland during the tender and negotiation stage with various design review and value engineering exercises. 

As lead designers, we were also responsible for the review, comment and coordination of all consultant and design subcontractor information, which was managed and coordinated via a central BIM model.