For those retailers who keep a sharp eye on the performance of shopping malls with a view to positioning their retail or food brands, the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) held their annual Retail Design & Development Awards (RDDA) 2012 recently where exceptional shopping centre design and economic success was recognised.within the South African property industry. The awards, sponsored by Nedbank Corporate Property Finance, celebrate shopping centre development excellence - the top honours went to:
- The award for a shopping centre larger than 20 000 sqm went to Middelburg Mall in Mpumalanga with a commendation to the Greater Edendale Mall in KwaZulu-Natal.
- The award for a shopping centre smaller than 20 000 sqm went to the redeveloped Kagiso Mall.
- The award for retail centre expansion or renovation category went to Sandton City's Repositioning Phase 1, with two commendations going to the extension and alteration of Liberty Promenade and Ballito Lifestyle Centre Edgars extension.
- In the award for the design of a shop or restaurant in a shopping centre the judges selected two winners - Tribeca Standard Restaurant at Lynnwood Bridge and Hackett London at Sandton City.