Manchester Airport wins BCSC Gold

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 Centres 2009 Awards.

Dawn Wadsworth, associate director of 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 £34m project included a new 14-lane central search zone aimed at reducing passenger processing time and thereby allowing more time to take full advantage of T1's expanded and improved retail offering.

Aedas designed a retail frontage of around 550 metres with new restaurant and bars overlooking the airfield.

Manchester Airport Terminal 1 RetailThe 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 of 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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