Sonae Sierra, the international shopping center specialist, has just earned three distinctions at the National Real Estate Awards 2011: the 'Real Estate Oscar' in the retail developments category for LeiriaShopping and the 'Special Magazine Award' for the refurbishment project of Centro Colombo. Additionally, Leiriashopping also received the Eurohypo Award, attributed directly by Eurohypo Bank, which is evidence of the project's unquestionable quality.
LeiriaShopping: the third 'Real Estate Oscar' in Sonae Sierra's portfolio
LeiriaShopping, Sonae Sierra's most recently inaugurated shopping center in Portugal, earned Sonae Sierra its third 'Real Estate Oscar' in the Retail category, after RioSul Shopping (in 2007) and 8ª Avenida (in 2008) were distinguished with the same award as the best shopping center of the year.
This new retail project, inaugurated in March 2010, represented an investment of 79 million, and features 44,321 m² of Gross Lettable Area (GLA) and a total of 124 shops, serving a population of 529,000 in the Leiria region. LeiriaShopping's positive performance throughout its first year of activity, and its 100% occupancy rate confirm its success.
The center presents a contemporary concept developed by Architect José Quintela, which was inspired by the main characteristics of the region: glass, wood, and the Atlantic coast. The glass refers to the region's main industry, and the wood refers to Leiria's pine forest, which played a relevant role in Portugal's history by supplying raw materials to build the vessels that carried the Portuguese navigators to the discovery of the world.
Centro Colombo distinguished for its refurbishment project
Centro Colombo, one of the most awarded centers in the sector and an international reference, was distinguished with the 'Special Magazine Award' for its refurbishment project, also developed by Architect José Quintela. This project, which represented a 27-million investment, transformed the center into a more modern and dynamic venue, with the main changed being the construction of an open air garden in the former exterior area of Funcenter, the refurbishment of the food court, as well as several improvements to the parking lot, namely in terms of signposting and the creation of a signaling system of available spaces.
Since its inauguration in 1997, Centro Colombo has shown the ability to set innovative trends in the sector, so as to permanently meet the requirements of its 25 million annual visitors. Factors such as the quality and diversity of its commercial offer, materialized in more than 400 shops, the architecture and customer service, coupled with a str