St David's in Cardiff has received global recognition after winning the International Shopping Centre of the Year Award.
The Global Retail Leisure International (RLI) Awards celebrate the success of retailers and leisure operators across the world and showcases the most innovative and imaginative schemes.
St David’s scooped The International Shopping Centre of the Year Award after beating off global competition. It was initially shortlisted shortlist against Portugal’s Dolce Vita Tejo and Singapore’s Ion Orchard before being named the winner.
The award recognises the contribution made by shopping centres to high levels of service, diversity of offer and design excellence along with customer care, good presentation, maintenance and cleanliness. Held at The Natural History Museum in London, the industry awards are judged by an independent panel of respected business leaders who judged entries on their merit and positive impact upon the market.
Steven Madeley, centre director for St David’s, said: “To receive international recognition for St David’s by winning this award is wonderful news. It is a fantastic endorsement which rewards everything that St David’s has achieved so far and we hope that our shoppers and Cardiff as a whole will be able to celebrate with us.
“The day to day running of St David’s aims to please every one of our shoppers but it takes moments such as this to stand back and realise just what the centre has already accomplished. It has regenerated Cardiff, boosted the economy, provided jobs and drawn more visitors to the city. Looking forward, we are continuing to attract fantastic retailers as they have seen the success of St David’s and the stores that are already trading.
“What makes St David’s completely unique is the mix of top end brands, high street names and local independents. We have also been able to offer retailers the opportunity to bring their brand to Wales for the very first time with new, flagship stores. There was a lot of excitement in the build up to the launch of St David’s and we are confident that we have exceeded everyone’s expectations. The consistently high footfall throughout St David’s and the trading experience of our retailers is testament to it. The most exciting thing is that there is more to come throughout the year with new stores opening, existing retailers expanding and great new names being announced.”
St David’s has seen an investment of £675m to bring new shops, restaurants, luxury apartments, a new library, artwork and new public spaces in the heart of Cardiff city centre. Last month, the team behind St David’s won two prestigious Purple Apple Awards at the British Council of Shopping Centre’s (BCSC) Marketing Awards. St David’s was also shortlisted for the RICS Wales Regeneration Award.
The scheme has been well supported across the city. Paul Williams, city centre manager, said: “I’m delighted that St David’s Dewi Sant has won this most prestigious award. It clearly underlines the impact and importance that the new development has had not only in Cardiff but across Wales. The International Shopping Centre Award recognises the many facets of shopping centres across the world; the result for St David’s enhances its profile and that of the city as a UK top 6 retail destination.
“The accolades bestowed on St David’s are deserved rewards, for a retail centre of excellence in terms of its branding, management and overall delivery of a multi-choice centre that is attracting a wide audience and one that has redefined Cardiff in terms of its retail and leisure offer.”
Cardiff Council leader Rodney Berman said: “I am delighted at the news that St David’s has won the International Shopping Centre of the Year Award. Since St David’s opened last year its popularity has spread far and wide and it is very satisfying for me to see that Cardiff Council and the St David’s Partnership have delivered a world-class development for the people of this city and all those who visit it.
“This award is the icing on the cake of a development that is bringing to Cardiff £250m of new annual spending each year and providing a huge economic boost for the city. With the city centre’s Victorian arcades and the popularity of the Queen Street, Cardiff has a great mix in terms of the retail experience. What St David’s has given us is a shopping centre par excellence that is worthy of any European capital and turned the city into a truly unique retail destination.”