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BCSC 2009 Awards : Gold Award – design by Aedas, Architects

9 Dec 2009

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Terminal 1 at Manchester Airport designed by Aedas has won best out-of-town retail scheme and the Gold Award at the British Council of Shopping Centre’s (BCSC) 2009 Awards.

So why is an airport winning a retail award?

Dawn Wadsworth, Associate Director at Aedas, explains: “The T1 experience revives the glamour of air travel. Through careful design of the departure lounge and the elements within it we have minimised queuing, increased dwell time through the retail lounge, and maximised revenue opportunities for Manchester Airport.”

Manchester Airport Terminal 1
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This £34 million project simplifies the departures process at T1 by providing a new 14 lane Central Search Zone (CSZ) reducing passenger processing time and thereby allowing more time to take full advantage of T1s expanded and improved retail offering.

The new airside retail provision designed by Aedas on the departures level gives the airport a retail frontage of around 550 linear metres and includes a new restaurant and dining experience for the travelling public with the range of bars, cafes and restaurants overlooking the airfield. For many of the big brand names attracted, this expansion is their first venture into an airport environment.

T1 is one of the UK’s largest airside shopping and catering facilities.

The BCSE Gold Awards Jury said: “This innovative delivery of a new retail and catering trail through the airport has led to a significant growth in sales and customer satisfaction. The sharp design in the mall areas has cleverly linked the overall retail offer, showing understanding how the customer reacts as they enter the building and their differing moods at different points of their journey.

“The catering and retail are first class; the design and attention to detail are clever and sometimes subliminal.”

The exclusive Gold Awards are leading accolades within the shopping centre and retail destination industry. They are designed to reward excellence in retail-led developments and recognise projects that generate improvements in the quality of the built environment; the awards also recognise stores and operations within that environment.

Commenting on this year’s awards, BCSC Chief Executive, Michael Green said: “Our 2009 winners are an exceptional example of the innovative design and quality needed to deliver exciting, inspirational developments.”

Neil Varnham, Chairman of the BCSC Gold Awards Jury and Director of Cadena, said: “This year’s entries have shown us some of the most inspiring retail property solutions of the decade and we are proud to present the 2009 Gold Awards to our industry’s most original and dedicated designers and developers.

Manchester Airport Terminal i Retail Award image / information from Aedas

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