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ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards Finalists

The ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards are the supreme awards in European retail property.
Each year, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) recognizes the best shopping centers in Europe. A distinguished international jury of experts has now nominated 13 finalists for the ICSC’s 2017 finale.


Almada Fórum - Almada, Portugal

Developer: Multi Development Corporation International, SA and Auchan Group
Owner: Blackstone and Auchan Group Architects:  T+T Architects
Total Retail Space: 78,332 sq. m. Number of Stores: 259 
Major Tenants:
Primark, Fnac, C&A, H&M, Sportzone, New Yorker, Cortefiel, Zara, Clinica Lusiadas, Toys “R” Us, NOS Cinemas, Fitness Hut, Jumbo Hypermarket
Almada Forum is the third biggest shopping centre in Portugal. Located in Almada city, a Lisbon suburb, it opened in 2002 and soon became a key shopping destination, offering to its visitors 230 shops, including 12 anchor stores, 34 restaurants, 14 multiplex cinema screens, and 5,250 free parking spaces. Services at Almada Forum include a hypermarket, medical clinic, pharmacy and gym, making the centre an important part of its customers daily habits. 

Europark Salzburg - Salzburg, Austria

Developer/Owner: SES Spar European Shopping Centers 
Architects: Massimiliano Fuksas 
Total Retail Space: 50,700 sq. m.
Number of Stores: 124
Major Tenants: Interspar, Saturn, P&C, H&M, Hervis, Humanic, Hollister, Starbucks, Zara, Ikea, Bershka, Scotch & Soda, Zara Home


Europark Salzburg is the flagship shopping centre of SES Spar European Shopping Centers. The mall boasts strong accessibility, especially by public transport, and is the only shopping centre in Salzburg to have its own urban railway connection. The two-level mall offers an extensive range of 58 innovative shops, 10 cafés and restaurants, and a supermarket/hypermarket. It also sponsors numerous events and services. 

Union Square Aberdeen - Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Developer/Owner: Hammerson 
Architects: BDP
Total Retail Space: 51,700 sq. m. Number of Stores: 77
Major Tenants:
M&S, TK Maxx, Cineworld, H&M, Zara, New Look, Apple, Next, Boots, Superdry, Jurys Inns, Hollister, Hugo Boss, The North Face, Michael Kors, JD Sports, Outfit, Carluccios, Yo Sushi, Byron, TGI Fridays, Nando’s, Wagamama
Opened in 2009, Union Square is one of Scotland’s foremost regional shopping centres. It provides the prime retail and leisure offer for the city of Aberdeen and for the wider catchment of northeast Scotland. The centre enjoys direct access to and from the main rail station. Within the ownership are Aberdeen’s principal bus station and the largest shoppers’ car park. 


Fischapark - Wiener Neustadt, Austria

Developer/Owner: SES Spar European Shopping Centers
Architects: Original Build - Architektur Consult: Renovation - Haskoll
Total Retail Space: 45,000 sq. m.
Number of Stores: 115
Major Tenants: Inditex, H&M, Fnac, Health Club Fitness Hut, Cinema Complex, Jumbo Hypermarket.


The renovated Fischapark was completed in October 2015 in Lower Austria. SES Spar European Shopping Centers invested over €120 million in the expansion and redevelopment project. Expansion took place in two stages; the centre remained open for business throughout. The new Fischapark hosts 115 stores with an attractive new mix of top international brands, regional names, and dining areas. 

Gelderlandplein - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Developer: Kroonenberg Groep
Owner: Kroonenberg Groep / Multi Europe
Architects: Rijnboutt
Total Retail Space: 33,500 sq. m.
Number of Stores: 90 
Major Tenants:
AH, HEMA, Mango, Nespresso, Coffee Company, Marqt, Kruidvat, Blokker, ICI Paris, Douglas,
Riviera Maison, Bever Sport, Pauw, Costes,
and Blok Mode
Amsterdam’s Gelderlandplein is a mixed-use downtown complex containing shops, residences, offices, a hotel, and parking facilities. The shopping centre has approximately 90 stores spread over two floors and two parking levels. A hypermarket/supermarket serves as the anchor. Food offerings account for about 14 units, while retail/services comprise the remaining 75 units, which are a combination of large chains and local entrepreneurs. The mixed-use applications contain 109 residences, a 160-room hotel, and a 4,000 sq. m. office building. 

Heuvel Eindhoven - Eindhoven, Netherlands

Developer: CBRE Global Investors and Syntrus Achmea 
Architects: DunnettCraven, Van Aken, Walter Brune
Total Retail Space: 37,940 sq. m.
Number of Stores: 102
Major Tenants: H&M, TK Maxx, Vapiano, Hugo Boss, Nespresso, Holland Casino, Guess, Supertrash
Shopping centre Heuvel Eindhoven has been successful since its opening in 1992. Its recent refurbishment has given it a world-class look and feel, increased footfall by 43%, cut service costs by a third and eliminated vacancies. The new elegant look has attracted new flagship stores: H&M, Hugo Boss, TK Maxx, and Nespresso. The new retailers helped change the centre’s customer profile by becoming more attractive for families with higher incomes. Design focused on creating ties to the historic identity of the surrounding inner city. 

Aleja Bielany - Kobierzyce, Poland

Developer/Owner: IKEA Centres Polska SA
Architects: BDP
Total Retail Space:
 Number of Stores: 164
Major Tenants: IKEA, Tesco, TK Maxx, Helios, H&M, Reserved, Smyk, Empik, Superpharm, Neonet
Aleja Bielany was a tired retail park prior to its 2015 renovation, containing a hypermarket/shopping passage IKEA store and OBI on one side of the street and furniture strip mall on the other side. The renovation sought to change that “first-generation shopping centre” into a regional mall and meeting place. The old mall area was refurbished and expanded by a two-storey space that included a new food court, a mix of fashion tenants, an eight-screen cinema, and gathering places. The leasing plan created 10 zones: family fashion, women’s, service and daily goods, affordable fashion, men’s/electronics, young fashion, children/ young moms, “refuel and relax” rest area, the food court, and a “body and mind” workout area. 

Ankamall - Ankara, Turkey

Developer: Yeni Gimat Gayimenkul Yatırım Ortaklı ı A. . 
Owner: Yeni Gimat Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklı ı A. ., Migros Ticaret A. .
Architects: Ziya Canbazo lu, Ahmet Özsüt, ECE Türkiye Proje Yönetimi A. S.
Total Retail Space: 106,824 sq. m.
Number of Stores: 311  
Major Tenants:
Inditex Group (Zara Men, Zara Women, Bershka, Stradivarius, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti), H&M, Boyner, LC Waikiki, Mango, Koton, DeFacto, Flo, TeknoSA, Bimeks, Macera Adası, Decathlon, MacFit, Migros, Koçta , Cinemaximum
Ankamall was initially opened as Migros Shopping Centre in August 1999. In 2006, an expansion more than doubled its leasable area. By 2013, the original space looked dated and renovation began, including a name change to Ankamall. The four-storey centre remained open throughout the project and construction proceeded floor by floor. Upon completion in March 2015, Ankamall was a bright, colourful, and contemporary shopping and leisure destination with its new and optimized shops, floors, terrace areas, and fine-dining restaurants. Ankamall now has 311 international and national brands – 180 were relocated, downsized,
or enlarged during the renovation. 


Promenade Sainte-Catherine - Bordeaux, France 

Developer/Owner: Redevco 
Architects: Valode & Pistre
Total Retail Space: 18,640 sq. m.
Number of Stores: 38
 Major Tenants: Citadium, Bershka, Superdry, Stradivarius, Starbucks, Lego, Mc Donald’s, JD Sports
Promenade Sainte-Catherine sought to become the “new place to be” in Bordeaux, offering an “urban oasis” where people could meet, relax, shop, and eat. The two-storey centre focuses its lower floor on food retailers, while its upper level is devoted to fashion, health, beauty, and entertainment. Developers faced particular problems with the site. An archaeological dig was underway at the nearby antique port of Bordeaux and the centre itself sat in a historic district, which placed heavy restrictions on demolition, transport of construction waste, proximity to adjacent buildings, and the like. 

Weberzeile - Ried im Innkreis, Austria

Developer/Owner: SES Spar European Shopping Centers
Architects: ATP Architekten Ingenieure 
Total Retail Space: 21,684 sq.m.
Number of Stores: 45
Major Tenants: Kastner & Öhler, Media Markt, H&M,Eurospar,Hervis, Dressmann, Bik Bok, Müller, DM.


Weberzeile, in Ried/Upper Austria, opened in 2015 as a modern intra-urban two-level shopping centre offering restaurants, service providers, and 50 new stores. The neighbourhood’s history with the textile industry stretches back 300 years and roughly two-thirds of shops are tied to fashion. With a strong focus on its role as a meeting place, many restaurants have direct outdoor access and are permitted to extend their hours on evenings and weekends. Throughout the project, new international brands have been mixed with regional retailers. With its downtown location and direct connection to the city centre, Weberzeile offers a generous and pioneering traffic system, a large number of bicycle racks close to the entrance, and free charging station for eight e-bikes at a time. Shoppers arriving by cars are provided with 800 extra-wide underground parking spaces.


Forum Lviv - Lviv, Ukraine

Developer: Multi Ukraine
Owner: Multi Ukraine, Galereja Centre, Budhouse Group 
Architects: T+T Design, Tebodin Ukraine
Total Retail Space: 35,073 sq. m.
Number of Stores: 114 
Major Tenants:
Inditex Group (Zara, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, Bershka, Stradivarius, Pull&Bear), LPP Group (Reserved, Sinsay, Cropp, House), LC Waikiki, Mango, Igroland children entertainment, Planeta Kino cinema, Silpo supermarket, Comfy electronics supermarket
Forum Lviv is a meeting point and fashion destination in the city of Lviv. Occupying a previously derelict inner-city site, Forum Lviv is located in a dense, central urban and historic area. The nation and city have faced many years of economic and political turmoil, which has discouraged retail activity. Nonetheless, Forum Lviv built a reputation as a must-join project among national and international retailers looking for the best location to enter Lviv’s retail market. 

Ma Petite Madelaine - Chambray-lès-Tours, France 

Developer/Owner: Compagnie de Phalsbourg
Architects: Marchi Architectes
Total Retail Space: 27,771 sq. m.
Number of Stores: 31
Major Tenants: Truffaut, Zodio, Intersport, Nike Factory Store, Tati, C&A.
Ma petite Madelaine, in central France next to Tours city, opened in April 2016, hosting 27 shops, including medium-sized units, smaller shops, and restaurants. The centre stands along the RD910, the main retail road in Tours’ urban area, which contains the usual brands and retailers in the usual environment of decaying buildings and poor urbanism and landscaping. The project was slowed due to delays in reaching purchase agreements with some of the existing retail buildings on the site. 

Polygone Riviera - Cagnes sur Mer, France

Developer: Socri Promotions / Socri Reim
Owner: Unibail-Rodamco / Socri Promotions / Socri Reim
Architects: José Ignacio Galán Martinez - L35 / Philippe Caron / Frédéric Ducic
Total Retail Space: 70,000 sq. m. Number of Stores: 150
Major Tenants:
Fashion: Reiss, Forever 21, Cos, & Other Stories, Uniqlo, Printemps, Grand Playground, Brook Brothers, Primark, Zara, H&M, Mango, Nike, Eleven Paris, Desigual, Massimo Dutti, Lacoste, Levi’s, Undiz, Jonak, Make Up For Ever, Bobbi Brown, Sephora, Yves Rocher, Lush, Kiko, Mauboussin, Mandora, Swarovski, Swatch, Histoire d’Or, Minelli, Fnac, Tesla, Botanic.

Polygone Riviera is the biggest open-air shopping centre in France, located at Cagnes-sur-Mer in the heart of the French Riviera. It is a lifestyle venue featuring iconic architecture, shops, culture and leisure areas, a multiplex cinema, a wide range of eating options, an open-air theatre and artworks. Leasing created four shopping zones: the Designer Gallery, 29 units of concept stores and aspirational brands; Quartier des Arcades, 57 stores of the best-known brands for fashion, trends and culture; Promenade des Palmiers, 35 different options for shops and entertainment; and Quartiers des Saveurs, 20 restaurants with outdoor seating. 

The jury will decide who gets the ICSC European Shopping Center Awards at the finale in Warsaw in April 2017. 

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