Shopping Centre

Andrew Ogg

Published:  01 February, 2004

ANDREW OGG’S lifelong love affair with architecture began in his school days. “The fascination has always been the principle of creating places,” he says.

He joined BDP on leaving college and started working on The Lanes in Carlisle among other retail projects, and after three years, in 1984, left to join Leslie Jones. “I’ve been immersed in the retail sector ever since and never once wanted to move out.

“It’s to do with the pace and the profile and the competitive side of how retail is negotiated and developed, and the changing fashion aspect of it.

“Retail property is the lifeblood of town centres and communities and it’s the framework for how people live and spend their lives.”

Ogg admits that days off in his year as BCSC president will be few, and there will be less time for him to indulge his passion for sailing. When he took up the pastime he set himself the goal of competing in the world-famous Fastnet race, and he’s accomplished that feat. “To climb off the boat in Plymouth when you’ve been racing for just over five days is just a fantastic experience,” he enthuses.

ASK ANDREW Ogg about his favourite pieces of architecture and he’s likely to quote London’s Canary Wharf, Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays and Potsdamerplatz in Berlin. “I can wander round those schemes to my heart’s content.

“But if you want me pick a scheme for full-on shopping, it would be Meadowhall. The critical mass, the quantity of retailing and the way it’s become a regional destination are fascinating.”

He loves, too, revisiting Leslie Jones’ handiwork at The Chimes in Uxbridge. “This is half of the high street. We’ve regenerated the whole of the high street along the frontage of the scheme, and to see the public spaces, the restaurants, the life and the activity running on into the evening as people come to the cinema gives me real pleasure.”