2018 retail design and development award winners

2018 retail design and development award winners

Whale Coast Mall in Sandbaai, Hermanus, was named winner of the Spectrum Award at the recent South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) Annual Congress, held at Durban’s International Convention Centre.

The 2018 Retail Design and Development Awards (RDDA) winners were announced on the opening day of the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) Annual Congress, held at Durban’s International Convention Centre.

In the world of shopping centre and retail design, it’s not only about all things attractive, all things inviting and the plethora of shopping centres and retailers to choose from,” said SACSC chief executive, Amanda Stops.

“It’s about finding the fine lines between architecture, interior design, graphic design, marketing, advertising, ergonomics and bringing them together to create seamless harmony.”

The RDDA competition is sponsored by Nedbank CIB Property Finance. Winners are awarded annually to entrants that display this seamless harmony of design excellence, innovation and environmental consciousness. This includes in-store design, centre redevelopments, expansions of existing shopping centres and development of new centres.

“The 2018 RDDA entrants in the various categories created a huge challenge for the judging panel in this year’s intake as they were all exceptionally designed and presented,” said Stops.

“Shopping centres and retailers have become more dynamic over recent years. Judging the awards has become progressively more difficult as we see even more innovation every year, and this year was no exception. Our country remains world class in terms of the types of centres and stores that have been designed and produced. I would like to congratulate all the entrants in this year’s RDDAs,” she said.

Andrew Ogg, SACSC RDDA Chairman said he was impressed by the entries this year.

“On behalf of the jury I would like to congratulate this year’s winners and we were all again impressed at the breadth and quality of the entries. The jury were delighted to note that all this year’s winners were in small and medium locations underlining that exemplary design is not exclusive to larger regional locations with higher budgets,” he said.

Among the category winners, Whale Coast Mall stood out from the rest and was named the winner of the coveted Spectrum Award, which celebrates retail excellence across all disciplines and sectors. It is a platform for recognising innovation, outstanding economic and creative achievements. The winner of this award is selected from all the retail design and development award winners.

The architect on the Whale Coast Mall project is Bentel Associates International/JLD, and the developer is Dorpstraat (Pty) Ltd. This project also won the award for Category A: new developments.

The winner of Category B: Renovation/Expansion was the Boat Shed at the V&A Waterfront. The architect is Leon Saven Design.

Category C: Retail Design – Store was won by Relay Denim Bar Braamfontein, where the designer is Design Partnership and the owner is TFG.

Category C: Retail Design – Restaurant was won by Nando’s Horizonview. The designer is Design Partnership and the owner Nando’s Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd.