This year, Checkout commemorates its 40th anniversary under its current ownership, and with this in mind, every week, Retail Intelligence is going to ‘reel in the years’ and publish a story from our extensive archives. This article from April 1985 looks at Nutgrove Shopping Centre's success in a European competition for shopping complex design.
In a move that will provide a fillip for the entire retail sector, the £12 million 200,000 sq. ft. Nutgrove SuperCentre recently developed by Monarch Properties in Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, has won the top award in a European competition for shopping complex design.
Monarch Properties chairman Mr. Phil Monahan, and directors Mr. Dominick Glennane and Mr. Edward Sweeney, travelled to Madrid to attend the 1985 European Conference for Shopping Centres. Nutgrove took the top design award against the competition from 23 centres throughout Europe. Mr. Monahan accepted the award on behalf of Nutgrove Supercentre Ltd., a joint venture between Monarch and builders P. J. Hegarty.
The International Council of Shopping Centres represents more than 10,000 developers, managers, retail executives, funding sources, marketing specialists, architects, and public officials in39 countries and it is regarded as the “United Nations” of the retail world.
The key criteria applied in deciding the competition by a committee of assessors, were originalithy, quality of design, and degree of success in achieving the overall objective.
The Monarch team has now moved on to other projects, including a £4 million Town Centre complex in Drogheda, the Merchant’s Arch refurbishing programme in central Dublin, and the biggest one of all, the 350,000 sq. ft. £20 million-pluc Tallaght Town Centre.
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