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Denmark has the Best Shopping Center 2016

Press Release   •   May 11, 2016 20:30 GMT

Frederiksberg Centret, Copenhagen, Denmark winner of the NCSC Nordic Award 2016

Congratulations to Frederiksberg Centret in Denmark the Best Nordic Shopping Center 2016! The prize ceremony was held on the evening on May 11 during the NCSC Nordic Awards 2016 at the Tivoli Hotel & Congress Center in Copenhagen. The competition was tough from the other nominated centers; Itis Shopping Centre in Finland, Strømmen Storsenter in Norway and Täby Centrum in Sweden (winner 2015).

Each year since 2009 the Nordic Council of Shopping Centers (NCSC) has recognized the best achievements in the Nordic shopping center industry by announcing a winner of the NCSC Award. During the Award Night on May 11 with more than 170 guests from the Nordics, celebrating the best of the best, the challenge prize “the Nordic Star by MK Illumination” was handed out to the winner Frederiksberg Centret in Copenhagen, Denmark. Frederiksberg Centret is also winner of the European Shopping Centre Awards 2016, handed out earlier this year by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

“Congratulations to a very worthy winner from a very strong line-up. I’m very pleased to see the Nordic Star by MK Illumination go to Frederiksberg Centret. It’s a superhot shopping centre and a true inspiration for shoppers as well as all of us in the shopping business.” Says Niclas Johansson, Managing Director, MK Illumination Sweden.

The jury's winner motivation:

“The winner of The Best Nordic Shopping Center 2016 is characterized as an attractive contemporary city centre. It has a unique and uncompromising retail mix especially within fashion, lifestyle and dining, aiming to compete more against up scaled and pedestrian street shopping environments than against traditional shopping centres. The centre went through an innovative and challenging expansion despite it was already very well functioning.

With great focus on design, both inside and outside, both in the small details such as unique sinks at the restrooms, and in the big scale impressive external facade covering, the developers manage to enhance the ambience dramatically and pamper the costumers by giving them a great experience besides their shopping experience.

On top of all this, literally, the centre has paid attention to the green trend and placed an amount of solar panels on the roof. After the expansion and full refurbishment of the old centre the footfall has increased substantially, more than 20%, despite the very difficult market conditions.

The centre is fully leased and with a long waiting list of potential tenants the outlook of this winning shopping centre seems to be extremely good for the coming decades. It is placed in most densely populated area in the nation, probably in the Nordics, and it is placed on one - and soon two - very busy metro-lines in the metropol.

The winner of this years best Nordic Shopping Center is: Frederiksberg Centret in Copenhagen, Denmark.”

The Nordic jury 2016:

  • Jesper Andreasen, jury chair, CEO, Rødovre Centrum, Denmark
  • Line Victoria Berg, Center Manager, CC Vest Stormaked (Mustad Eiendom), Norway
  • Johanna Kivelä, Sustainability Analyst, Citycon, Finland
  • Eva Handest, Property Manager, Danica Ejendomme, Denmark
  • Charlotta Björk, Partner, BREIM AB, Sweden

The nominated centers 2016:

  • Frederiksberg Centret, Denmark (Danica Pension)
  • Itis Shopping Centre, Finland (Wereldhave)
  • Strømmen Storsenter, Norway (Thon Eiendom)
  • Täby Centrum, Sweden (Unibail-Rodamco)

Previous Award Winners:

  • 2015 Täby Centrum, Sweden
  • 2014 Gulskogen, Norway
  • 2013 Väla Centrum, Sweden
  • 2012 Grand Samarkand, Sweden
  • 2011 Sandvika Storsenter, Norway
  • 2010 Oslo City, Norway
  • 2009 Forum Nacka, Sweden

The jury's judgement is based on 6 main criteria's, which have been given different importance factors. The main criteria’s are:

Accessibility 15 %

Content 20 %

Architecture 20 %

Management 15 %

Marketing 15 %

Financials 15 %

These criteria’s are judged on a scale from 1-5 and the result is finally compared with the whole jury’s overall and emotional impression of each Shopping Center.

About NCSC

NCSC, Nordic Council of Shopping Centers, is the association for the shopping center industry in the Nordic countries. The aim is to continuously develop the Nordic shopping center market and strengthen the industry's status as a professional and strong player in the community. Our 1 200 members encompasses all sides of the industry, from developers to tenants and suppliers as well as city planners.