BM scoops competitions for Lisbon Expo '98 legacy site Rouse and Cossons hail the 'best' office schemes
Broadway Malyan has won a series of competitions in Lisbon, Portugal, including one to build a new hotel and two new office buildings on the city's Expo '98 site.
The firm hopes that the hotel will be built in time for 2004, when Portugal is set to hold the European football championships - although Spain is clamouring to take over the event because Portugal is struggling to meet stadia requirements.
Stuart Rough, director of BM's Lisbon and Madrid offices, said the hotel for the 300ha Expo site was won in competition on 6 May, along with two office buildings totalling 22,000m 2.The city is developing the area as a legacy based on a masterplan stretching to 2010. The hotel will be a four-star-plus 200-bed scheme, and will join other BM projects on the swiftly regenerating site including an award-winning centre for Sony.
But the European football championships, for which the hotel would help accommodate some supporters, is under threat because Portugal is behind in providing the 10 required stadia - six new build and four refurbishments.
The Expo site, which includes buildings such as SOM's 17,500-seat, £35 million indoor arena and Alvaro Siza's Portuguese Pavilion, is being updated with residential blocks, including one BDP tower with another to come above its award-winning Vasco da Gama shopping centre. 'It's a stand-alone town, ' said Rough. Like Barcelona after the 1992 Olympic Games, the city is looking to capitalise on a high-profile event with a new urban zone.
BM's Lisbon office has also won a prestigious redevelopment of the city's Rossio railway station, a £6 million job that will attempt to rectify an interior 'butchered by two mezzanine floors'. The practice is looking at improving retail facilities and ticket offices and is investigating cladding elements of the interior with railway sleepers.
And on a site on the western edge of Lisbon, BM has scooped a competition to design a new headquarters for Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche. The scheme involves a series of 'fingers' of accommodation linked by a curving spine and an 'interface building' at its end. This will have lecture facilities for 300, while the entire site will be extensively landscaped, along with the provision of restaurants, shops and health clubs. Broadway Malyan submitted a planning report last week and is also looking at sites for Roche in the UK.
The office has also just completed Vyrus, a youth-orientated mixed-use building in the centre ofLisbon for Vodafone. The scheme includes a restaurant, music venue and fashion outlets. BM fellow director Margarida de Ordaz Caldeira said Vodafone had already increased sales through this 'subliminal' advertising through property. The mobile phone giant is now looking at a 'roll-out' of this type of development across Europe.