On Wednesday April 9th, the winner of the NRW-Jaarprijs (Annual Award) 2003 was announced during the Annual Meeting of Members of the NRW (Dutch Council of Shopping Centers). A renowned jury has voted the project Ã¢â¬ÅStatenpleinÃ¢â¬Â in Dordrecht as winner.
AM Vastgoed (previously known as Amstelland MDC) has realised a complex project which has led to a total redevelopment and revitalisation of the main shopping area in Dordrecht. An appealing shopping- and livingcomplex has risen around the Statenplein, existing of 45 shopunits and 56 apartments.
Keeping in mind the criteria, the jury felt that Statenplein is a very successful example of a modern innercity development where renovation and new buildings go hand in hand with the integration of diverse functions. Characteristic of an innercity development is the very complex process of working; procedures, objections and technical difficulties like working while people are shopping. Al these things occurred during the realisation of Statenplein. Because of this project Dodrecht now has a clear A1-shopping area. To retain the level of quality, the new centermanegement organisation will play an important part in the long term.
The jury also has the possiblity to give 1 or more honorary mentions next to the award. For 2003 the jury decided to give the project Ã¢â¬ÅDe WeiertÃ¢â¬Â in Emmen an honorary mention. According to the jury a very smart redevelopmentproject has been realised with vision, risk and dare. The ultimate result has an architectonic appeal and a logical structure.