Four European shopping centers scoop global recognition (EUR)

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) announced that four European shopping centers are amongst the winners in the Best-of-the-Best Award global awards. Two in Turkey and Two in the United Kingdom. The winners were announced during the annual Best-of-the-Best Awards ceremony at RECon 2010 on Sunday, May 23 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Best-of-the-Best Awards recognise the most outstanding examples of shopping center design and development, sustainability, marketing, and community service worldwide.

"These centers have set themselves apart from the rest of the retail real estate industry by creating a unique and exceptional design, campaign or program," said Michael Kercheval, president and chief executive officer for ICSC. "The 'Best-of-the-Best Awards' sets the bar for what the retail real estate industry has come to expect from its owners and developers."

The overall Sustainability Award went to Shopping Square Meydan, Istanbul, Turkey

Shopping Square Meydan acts as a green oasis in the middle of a city district dominated by concrete edifices by offering a place to play, stroll and picnic. In addition, Shopping Square Meydan contains remarkable architecture coupled with innovative, sustainable engineering. It incorporates such ecological aspects as cooling and heating systems, which are provided by one of the largest geothermal systems in Europe, and natural roof meadows. The shopping square combines shopping and leisure time activities with 50 different shops, a food court with restaurants and cafés and a movie theater complex, representing a new generation of retail properties in Istanbul.

Developer: Metro Group Asset Management GmbH & Co KG
Architect: Foreign Office Architects (FOA)


Istinye Park, Istanbul Turkey won an Honoree Award for Design and Development.

Istinye Park is an urban lifestyle environment. Three conceptually distinct elements – Grand Rotunda, Lifestyle Center and Fashion Zone –target people of all socioeconomic levels. The open-air Lifestyle has a green central park, street-side shopping and two levels of high-end retail below. The three-level Fashion Zone is a fresh take on an enclosed mall and there is a media wall hung in the center of Rotunda.

Developer: Orta Gayrimenkul Yat. Yon. ve Turizm A.S.
Architect: Development Design Group, Inc.
Total Gross Leasable Area (GLA): 88,936 m²
Number of Stores: 274
Major Tenants: Beymen, Vakko, Boyner, Marks & Spencer, Mudo

ALBERT SUSSMAN FOUNDATION AWARD - The Source Meadowhall Centre, Sheffield, United Kingdom

Working in partnership with Sheffield City Council, British Land set up The Source primarily to encourage economic regeneration. It would serve local people and Meadowhall retailers as well as help protect British Land's long-term investment in the area. Since opening, The Source has delivered training to over 2,000 people and supported more than 250 businesses across South Yorkshire. The socially inclusive ethos has encouraged 350,000 people to use the facilities or attend training. The scale and stature of The Source has grown dramatically, building on the steady successes of five years' hard work. The team has supported more and more local people and businesses, helping them to maintain morale and performance in a challenging economic climate.

Company: British Land Company, PLC


Grand Arcade, Cambridge, United Kingdom won an Honoree Award for its Architects of Fashion marketing campaign.

The launch of upscale Grand Arcade in Cambridge demanded incredibly high standards of execution along with a strong return on investment for its landlords. A great case study in how research was used to shape and change the outcome of the advertising, Grand Arcade's "The Architects of Fashion" campaign brought together the architectural credentials of Cambridge with a thoroughly modern approach to fashion. Footfall, spending, and advertising contributed to a highly effective campaign, which is n

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