The International Council of Shopping Centers Europe ICSC Europe has released the list of finalists for the 2007 European Shopping Centre Awards. Every year, ICSC Europe presents awards to the best new and refurbished or extended retail developments in Europe. Acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards within the Industry, the 2007 Awards will be presented at the 32nd ICSC Europe Conference from 25-27 April 2007 in Warsaw, Poland.
The Awards Jury consists of senior international figures within the shopping centre industry and any retail or entertainment project opened or newly refurbished or extended between July 1st 2004 and June 30th 2006 was eligible to apply for an award.
Awards Jury Chair, Stephen Pragnell, said: "This year we have seen a record number of entrants, making the jury's decisions extremely hard. As a jury, our prime criteria is that the finalists should meet the "must be seen" requirement that has made the ICSC Awards the credible and prestigious benchmark within our profession.
"A strong cross-continent trend is the increase in city-centre regeneration and mixed-use projects, confirming retail real estate's role as the catalyst for dynamic and sustainable urban and communal development.
"The 2007 Awards will also see the introduction of a new Award - ReSource, recognizing our industry's implication in sustainable development. With the already established ReStore for Public Private Partnerships, the ICSC Awards are at the forefront of identifying trends and progress in retail development."
Entries this year competed in six categories: Small New Centres (under 30, 000 sq metres), Medium New Centres (30, 001 45, 000 sq m), Large New Centres (45, 001 65, 000 sq m), Very Large Centres (65, 001 + sq m), Refurbishment and Extensions, and Specialized Centres.