Trinity Leeds, which has attracted more than 22 million visitors in its first year of opening, has been named Best New Development (for projects over 45,000 square metres) at the International Council of Shopping European Shopping Centre Awards. Presented in Istanbul during the ICSC EuropeanConference, the annual awards honour the most outstanding new or refurbished/extended shopping centres in Europe across four categories – established centres, new developments medium and large, and refurbishment or expansion.
Commenting on the win, Lester Hampson, head of retail development at Land Securities, the developer behind Trinity Leeds, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised by such an established international body as the ICSC and are proud of the success Trinity Leeds has seen since it opened in 2013.
“Establishing ourselves as one of the go-to destinations in Europe has cemented the belief in the project as we continue to attract a diverse portfolio of brands which is testament to the strength of belief in the scheme and the city as a whole.”
Trinity Leeds celebrated its first birthday last month and has houses more than 100 independent, national and international brands, over half of which are new to the city, including Victoria’s Secret. The 400 million pound scheme was the only major shopping, dining and leisure destination to have opened in the UK in 2013.
Whiteley and Trinity Leeds scoop ICSC awards
Another UK winner at the ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards was British Land and USS’s Whiteley in Hampshire, which won Best New Development (for projects 20,001 to 45,000 square metres).
The development of 58 shops, restaurants and cafes was born from the complete demolition of a previous factory outlet shopping centre and now offers brands including Fat Face and Phase Eight, alongside existing fashion retailers Topshop, H&M, River Island and Next.
The other two awards went to Limbecker Platz in Germany, which was awarded Best Established Centre for its 74,000 square metre development that houses more than 190 shops and restaurants, while the Centrum Cerny Most centre in Prague, Czech Republic took home the Refurbishment and Expansion accolade for its imaginative and original figure 8 shaped layout.
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