- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 18 Feb 2018
Retail warehouses are large, single-level stores, typically with a minimum of 1000 square metres gross retail floorspace, normally selling goods for home improvement or gardening, furniture, electrical goods, carpets and so on. They are most commonly found in the fringe of towns or in out of town locations.
Retail warehouses may be stand-alone buildings, or may be located on trading estates or parks. Generally, an agglomeration of at least three retail warehouses constitutes a retail warehouse park. They generally offer a significant amount of car parking, which may be shared with other retail warehouses.
The Valuation Office Agency suggests that the construction of retail warehouses shows greater visual similarity to warehousing than to standard shops. They usually occupy a single floor, the majority of which is devoted to sales, with some ancillary storage and office use.
Typically, they are
- Older buildings converted from a previous warehouse or industrial use.
- 1980s or 1990's modern estates or parks.
- Mid 1990s and 2000's larger, modern purpose-built units.
- From late 2000's, modern retail parks with a high street.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Asset management for environmental conditions - retrofitting strategies for simple buildings.
- BREEAM and retail.
- BREEAM Retail prize 2016.
- High street (planning and policy).
- Main town centre uses.
- Rental method of rating valuation.
- Sample retail unit lease.
- The impact of lighting in retail design.
- Types of building.
- Use class.
- What the new retail market will mean for the water sector.
Featured articles and news
What future infrastructure provision might look like.
Highlighting the health benefits of home improvement.
Pavilions for music, entertainment, and leisure. Book review.
Broadening our understanding of Dublin’s chequered social history.
The charm of London's Cabmen's shelters.
Future Weather Files research tool looking for feedback.
Exploring the Colour Rendering Index.
Why it's important to find out what went wrong.
ECA reviews the shape of the construction job market.
Why proper room acoustics make a difference.
Initiative puts gas networks on the path to net zero.
WICE Woman Architectural Technologist of the Year 2019.
Traditional low-energy approaches to comfort.
Revisiting the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Ashford.
USA In-Use Version 6 is now available.
The rise of architectural barbarism.
In contentious political contexts heritage can be more fractious.