Greig & Stephenson
Architecture and Retail design is our business, and we approach it with enthusiasm, imagination and professionalism. We take an analytical rather than a stylistic approach to architecture and design, addressing the demands of the client, the user and the physical context. The visual elements grow naturally out of this process, with creativity and imagination being constantly challenged, enhanced and tested by a sense of reality.

Greig & Stephenson was founded by Ken Greig and Nigel Stephenson in 1994, and works with major developers such as Ahold, Ahold Real Estate and ING, as well as with institutional property funds, major high street retailers, private clients and charitable trusts. Projects include retail developments, both new build commissions and refurbishments, urban regeneration schemes, and commercial interiors. Over the past 15 years, Greig & Stephenson has worked consistently in the retail sector in the UK and in Europe for such well known names as Selfridges, HMV, Marks & Spencer, Waterstone’s, and De Bijenkorf (The Netherlands), as well as other smaller high street brands. We work at all scales ranging from town centres, shopping centres and mixed developments, to individual stores, restaurants and market stalls. Our projects can be found all over the UK and in Europe.

As architects we design new buildings, but our perspective often extends to the wider urban framework. We take a strategic approach to design and much of our work concerns initiating change in the way people use public and commercial space so that retail and recreational opportunities can be optimised. In projects such as Leeds Market, London’s Borough Market, and Preston Market we can demonstrate how the right strategy can bring new life and profitability to old and neglected markets, and reinvigorate the communities and environment around them.

Our greatest assets are our own experience and the flexibility and diversity of the Greig & Stephenson team. Our dedicated staff number 25, and between them they offer skills in background research, urban design, retail strategy and design, concept design, visualisation, detail design and implementation.

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VS&OP translates real estate ambitions into visible, future proof solutions, in both public and private sectors. We have a profound expertise and experience base in real estate and area (re)development from the initiative, to the construction and finishing phase.

Our activities involve project- and process management, and real estate fee development. Other products we deliver is expertise to answer real estate related questions, such as feasibility studies and investment proposals. We dedicate our professional hands-on commitment and cooperation with our extensive network of reliable NETWERK to all projects.

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Working from Duiven, Palazzo has been actively involved in architecture & urban design and construction management for residential and non-residential building since 2002. A second office with a staff of five was opened in Holten in 2007. A staff of 15 employees works in Duiven.

The projects are very diverse in nature and are built in the Netherlands and elsewhere. Palazzo works for project developers, corporations, developing contractors and end-users. A number of reference projects:

Architecture & Urban Design
• Multifunctional health centre in Ede
• Large-scale office development in Leeuwarden
• Spa and wellness resort in Duiven

Construction management
• Shopping malls in Slovakia and Germany
• Town centre development in Bemmel and Doetinchem
• 250 Holiday homes in Giethoorn

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Marjan Smit-Ophorst
Market Research Specialist in the field of Real Estate and Consumers.

Experience and Responsibilities:
• Project manager for setting up a G(eographic) I(nformation) S(ystem) at Albert Heijn based on the Bonus Card. This system was later used worldwide for the exploration of promising markets and to determine strategy.
• Development of the Balancing Model that calculates the scope of the market for retail (turnover, visitors and square meters) at a certain location.
• Adviser to the Executive Board of Ahold and subsequently various other European project developers on strategy and development of retail and real estate in Central Europe, using the GIS system and the Balancing Model.