Retail and entertainment

From small boutiques to flagman stores, from a chain of small express stores to supermarkets and complex retail centres, architects are striving to create a unique environment that attracts customers. The responsibility of the MEP engineer is to support design solutions with energy and cost-effective, innovative but proven systems design. The main challenge in design for retail centres is to create a comfortable environment for customers and make it energy efficient.
Mega Silk Way

The centre was an integral part of the EXPO 2017 master plan, which is projected like an oil drop from the Bayterek Monument. The Mega site is an east-west axial connection from the core EXPO facilities to Nazarbayev University. 

The shopping centre is a key element of the EXPO maintaining its goals into the future, and becoming a major attraction for the people of Kazakhstan and the visitors to Astana.

CDI has completed Concept, Schematic stages of MEP design as undertook Design Supervision Duties during working Drawings and Construction stage. We have utilised building modelling software REVIT@ in order to provide efficient, clash - free systems design.

Palazzo Mall

CD International has completed Concept and Scheme design for MEP building services for Palazzo Mall in Minsk.


Restoration of the half-built structure that has been standing on the prominent location on the North Western entrance to Minsk. It was taken by Chapman Taylor Architects and developed into of 50,000sqm four level retail centre.


The ground level will be occupied by a supermarket and back of house facilities. The first and second floor will be primarily fashion retail space and the third floor is given to a cinema and ten pin bowling. Centre benefits from existing 4 storey car park adjacent to the building. 


Our task was to develop a major servicing strategy and deliver schematic design in collaboration with local architect and engineers, which allowed us to incorporate European Standards and local building codes.


Shopping and Entertainment Centre PROSPECT is one of the largest development on the left bank of river Dnipro in the capital of Ukraine.


Developer has implemented a number of European-style techniques to ensure a constant flow of customers throughout the complex. Hypermarket Auchan, located on the second floor will increase the flow of shoppers through the retail space.

Total GLA is 30 400 sqm plus 11 000 sq. m. occupied by Auchan. First level occupied by fashion retailers, second is supermarket and entertainment zone, including seven-hall cinema Multiplex, designed for more than 1000 visitors.


The total catchment area of the complex is 780,000 people, and it is surrounded by a large number of premium residential buildings. The complex offers car parking facilities both underground, overground and on the roof.

Monetka supermarket chain

Monetka is one of the largest retail chains in Russia. It combines the elements of basic formats accepted in the worldwide retail practice - classical retail format (hypermarkets and supermarket), medium format standalone stores, and small size discount stores.

In order to expand and upgrade their building stock, the Company has attracted investments from large international fund.

As part of due diligence, we have provided the fund with review of building services and retail equipment in existing stores and review of the proposed typical design of the new stores.

We have calculated the required investments in energy and resource efficiency for Monetka, describing all possible technical solutions and applications with NPV/IRR and payback period analysis.

Hypermarket Lenta

Lenta is one of the leading hypermarket chains in Russia operating 46 trade stores throughout the country, with fifteen in St. Petersburg. As part of the expansion and modernization on the chain, Lenta has received fund from the European bank. CDI has acted as a consultant for the Bank, identified energy efficiency opportunities in existing hypermarkets and review the design for the proposed typical hypermarkets.


Working together with Lenta's facilities and energy management team, we have identified the list of sustainable energy investment opportunities, such as heat recovery from refrigeration equipment, use of renewable energy: solar and wind, use of passive ventilation and improving building fabric.


We have also provided recommendations with cost benefits analysis on efficient facilities management, including dealing with waste.

IPM Belgrade

IPM Shopping centre will bring to the Serbian market a modern shopping center, 44, 000 GLA over 3 levels with over 150 stores, restaurants and leisure, green spaces and a parking for 1250 vehicles.

Shopping centre is located in the urban residential part of the city, perfectly connected with other parts of the city and with easy access to the highway. Completion of the project is scheduled for autumn 2019.

CDI have a building services design supervision duties that include Initial strategic design options for HVAC systems and lighting. During the Concept stage we work very closely with the client and local engineers, initially providing sketches to illustrate alternative options for servicing, which will improve tenant flexibility and commercial value.We have also provided principal services distribution including location of all HVAC main ducts and thermal modelling.

Stadium Developments

CDI was responsible for carrying out load assessments and the procurement of the utility services on behalf of the client for Orchard Retail Park in Hull. We have undertook energy assessments for the site to ensure building compliance. This involved production of a thermal model using IES-VE software. Our engineers constructed a model of the retail park to determine the energy consumption of the proposed shell and core retail units.


Project of  an out-of-town shopping centre in the city of Newport, South Wales. CD International has carried out the design of all landlords services including a car park and architectural lighting to the retail park. A load assessment was provided for the proposed development and coordination incoming supplies to the units including the substations and transformers.


We have also undertook diversions of existing services to allow for construction of units and provided a Part L assessment and energy study for the site, including energy performance certificates for the tenants.

Skopje City Mall

The Mall has a total of 90,000m², with 39,000m² of leasable area and parking space for 1,300 vehicles. The total shopping mall investment exceeds EUR 100 million; during the construction it provided employment for over 1,000 people and created over 2,000 new jobs.

Based on structural explorations induced by the extreme seismic activity common in the region, the tradition of concrete structure in the region is carried over to the form of the mall but through a series of unconventional means that aim to test the known limits of the material.

CDI has provided a Concept Design fro MEP services and worked in international design team of local consultants, architects and contractors to deliver the project according to requirements.

Novy Sad

The first international style Shopping and entertainment Centre in the second biggest city of Serbia - Novi Sad. The shopping centre is situated in the attractive area of the city, on the main road connecting the international highway (Belgrade-Budapest) and downtown area.


Mosaic City Mall will include 150 companies on GLA of 50,000sqm, including clothing, electronics and household appliances stores, hypermarket, playground for kids, bawling room, cinemas, restaurants of national and international cuisines, coffee shops and other fun contents.

Tirana East Gate

Tirana East Gate is the first and largest modern shopping centre in Albania, situated 4 km away from the capital.

Developed, built and run by BALFIN Group, with GLA of 50,000sqm, this multi-use development contains shops, restaurants, entertainment venues like a cinema complex and fitness facility.


Our engineers provided Detailed Design for building services along with renewable energy study and application and evaluation of sustainable energy Investments. Solar powered domestic water heating and photovoltaic panels to generate electricity were implemented.


Mall ventilation is provided via a mixing ventilation system, incorporating heat recovery. Energy metering was implemented and together with BMS system it allows for centre management team to monitor the consumption and save energy.


Our lead engineers were responsible for the building services engineering at the Meadowhall Shopping Centre near Sheffield. The overall project cost was approximately £120M and incorporated fully themed Mediterranean food courts.


The site required an electrical capacity of 28MW and over 4km of data cabling.The concept design maximised the use of natural ventilation to maintain satisfactory internal comfort conditions. Detailed monitoring of internal temperatures has resulted in a number of changes in the operation of the plant to reduce energy costs.

The Centre incorporated the most up to date life safety systems incorporating addressable fire alarm and smoke control systems.

Since opening, our engineers undertook various commissions for refurbishment of Oasis Food Court and other on-site leisure facilities, including the 11 screen Warner Brothers cinema.

Ocean Terminal

Our office in Edinburgh have undertaken design for a retail and entertainment centre in Leith, Scotland and the overall master planning of infrastructure to the area development plan. The scheme has been developed on a brown field former dockyard site.


The retail centre is a three level linear mall providing a GLA of 48,000sqm, with restaurants, cinema and entertainment centre at third floor level, and a high quality multi-level food court. 


The mall is heated and ventilated using a highly efficient displacement ventilation scheme which utilizes a high degree of free cooling and requires lower air volumes and velocities.


We have been working with Ocean Terminal for over 12 years and are involved in a £10M upgrade of the shopping centre.

Stadium Developments

CD International has been in long term collaboration with Stadium Developments, one of the biggest retail parks developers in the UK. We have completed building services design, provided sustainability strategy for seven retail parks across the UK.


We have provided a load assessment for Llandudno Retail Park in Wales, undertook design of utility services and infrastructure to site and design of Car park lighting and traffic management system.


Parc Trostre in Wales has been upgraded and extended. A load assessment was provided for the proposed development. Diversions of existing services to allow for the construction of units together with coordination of incoming supplies to the units including the substations and transformers. Engineers undertook Part L assessment and energy study for the site. Design of all landlords services including car park and architectural lighting to the retail park.

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