North coast mall scoops top property innovation award
27 June 2018 | Web Article Number: ME201810621
BALLITO Junction Regional Mall has taken top honours for retail development in the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) Awards 2018.
The awards are the most prestigious programme of its kind in the South African real estate industry. They are a recognition of innovative property development projects that embody excellence in all disciplines involved in their creation to provide society with optimal solutions to its property needs.
Owned and developed by the investment consortium of Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings and Flanagan & Gerard Property Development & Investment, Ballito Junction Regional Mall on the KwaZulu-Natal Dolphin Coast is the major expansion of an existing 10,000sqm shopping centre. It was expanded to eight times its original size to offer 80,000sqm of shopping.
The new Ballito Junction Regional Mall’s innovative design was created by multi-award-winning MDS Architecture. Sean Pearce, partner at MDS Architecture, headed the project and accepted the honour on behalf of the mall at a gala awards dinner hosted by SAPOA recently.
CEO of the mall, Geraldine Jorgensen, said: “Ballito Junction was designed to provide a shopping experience of distinction to its community and regional shoppers, however we are also incredibly proud that it has been recognised for its excellence by its industry peers.
“The prestigious SAPOA award is a highly coveted accomplishment for retail development in the South Africa property industry. It reinforces the esteemed Retail Design and Development Award that Ballito Junction received from the South African Council of Shopping Centres in 2017 for being the country’s top new retail development. These awards are a testament to the professional excellence of everyone involved in Ballito Junction’s development.”
The revamped Mall opened in March 2017 and, according to Jorgensen, 12 million people spent nearly R2 billion there during its first year.