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Airport wins shopping award

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.

The 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.

Dawn Wadsworth, Associate Director at Aedas, said: “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.”

The £34 million project's new airside retail provision 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.”

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