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Excellence in SA retail is rewarded

The 2017 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 in Cape Town’s International Convention Centre on 13 September.

In the world of retail design, it’s not only about all things attractive, all things inviting and the plethora of shopping centres and retailers to choose from, it is about finding the fine lines between architecture, interior design, graphic design, marketing, advertising, ergonomics and bringing them together to create seamless harmony.

The RDDA winners are awarded annually to entrants that display this seamless harmony of design excellence, innovation and environmental consciousness. This includes instore design, centre redevelopments, expansions of existing shopping centres and development of new centres. Sponsored by Nedbank CIB, the 2017 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. 

Excellence in SA retailSACSC President Malcolm Horne and Nedbank Corporate Investment Banking's Robin Lockhart-Ross with Spectrum Award Winner representatives from Menlyn Park Shopping Centre

Chief executive officer (CEO) for the SACSC Amanda Stops says that shopping centres and retailers have become more dynamic over recent years. “South Africa remains world class in terms of the types of centres and retailers that we have designed and produced. Judging the awards have become progressively more difficult as we see even more innovation over the years and this year was no exception. I would like to congratulate all the entrants in this year’s RDDAs, it was exciting to see what this year’s intake brought to the table,” she says.

Among the category winners, Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in Pretoria stood out from the rest of the winners and was named the winner of the coveted Spectrum Award. The Spectrum Award celebrates retail excellence across all disciplines and sectors. It is a platform for recognising innovation, outstanding economic and creative achievements. This award is selected from all the Retail Design and Development Award winners.

“As the leading provider of innovative financing solutions for the development of commercial, industrial, retail and residential property in South Africa, we are indeed proud to be associated and sponsor these awards,” says Robin Lockhart Ross, managing executive, Nedbank CIB Property Finance. “In keeping with our own philosophy, we believe that cutting-edge shopping centre design and economic success are deserving of recognition. Congratulations to all the winners,” he adds.

Andrew Ogg, the director for Leslie Jones Architects and Chairman SACSC RDDA jury says that the jury members were impressed with this year’s entries.

“The jury were greatly impressed with the quality of schemes which have come forward for this year’s Awards leading to intense debate on the standards achieved and the schemes deserving of recognition. Again, we feel that the leading schemes and Award winners are setting new bench marks for retail design in South Africa. We now look forward to presenting the winners on an international stage for the upcoming ICSC VIVA Awards,” he says.


  • Category A: New developments
    Ballito Junction

    Architect: MDS Architecture and Boogertman KZN
    Developer: Flanagan & Gerard
  • Category B: Renovation/Expansion
    Menlyn Park Shopping Centre
    Architect: BILD Architects / Terra Ether Architects 
    Developer: Pareto
  • Category C: Retail Design - Restaurant and Store
    Old Town Italy
    Designer: Design Partnership
    Developer: Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings
    Exclusive Books (Ballito Junction)

    Designer: Dakota Design
    Developer: Dakota Design
  • Category D: International
    Platz Am Meer Shopping Centre

    Architect: Safari Developments
    Developer: MDM Architects


Menlyn Park Shopping Centre
Architect: BILD Architects/Terra Ether Architects 
Developer: Pareto


  • Category B: Renovation/Expansion
    Musina Mall

    Architect: LP Architects and Redevelopment Specialists 
    Developer: Moolman Group, The Investec Property Fund
  • Category C: Retail Design - Restaurant and Store

    011 Dainfern by the Baron
     Dakota Design
    Developer: Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings
    Totalsports (Menlyn Park Shopping Centre)
     TDC & Co
    Developer: Pareto


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