Supermarkets – The New Drivers of Urban Growth
CABE has reviewed more than 20 supermarket-led large mixed use schemes and have criticised schemes designed primarily to deliver the functions of the store rather than making a credible part of town.
For instance, too often the provision of parking drives the layout of the site, and compromises design. And the housing can seem like an afterthought: you may have to cross over loading bays to reach your front door, and have no outdoor space beyond the car park.
CABE has developed some guidance for supermarkets, to improve design, which is summarised in this article.
See also CABE Slams Supermarket Schemes’ 'Poor' Design
which mentions that design guidance for the sector was due to be issued by CABE early this year but is yet to appear.