New Elements Square Development Scoops Top Property Award
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Scotland's newest shopping destination Elements Square, part of The Centre, Livingston, has scooped a top industry accolade at the Scottish Property Awards, 2009.
The £130m shopping centre extension, owned by Land Securities, opened in October last year and was named 'Commercial Development of the Year' at the prestigious awards ceremony which took place at the EICC on Wednesday 13 May.
The awards, run in association with Scottish Enterprise, aim to reward the country's most innovative and thriving property developments and projects as well as the people and companies behind them.
Winners were selected by the Scottish Property Academy which consists of more than 100 industry experts. For the title of Commercial Development of the Year, they were looking for a property showcasing outstanding design with strong green credentials, and having helped revitalise the local area.
David Smith, Leasing Director for Land Securities, collected the award on the night. He said: "We are thrilled to have won this high profile award for what is truly one of the most exciting commercial developments in Scotland.
"Elements Square has strengthened Livingston's position as a key shopping destination in Scotland, offering the best in fashion and food within magnificent surroundings. It has already attracted a long list of popular retailers and impressive visitor numbers since opening in October last year."
Leader of West Lothian Council, Councillor Peter Johnston, said: "Elements Square is an outstanding building and its arrival has been key to the evolution of the town centre and the master plan.
"It's essential that West Lothian can compete with other major Scottish shopping destinations and developments such as Elements Square will do just that."
The modern development now forms part of The Centre in Livingston, (formerly Almondvale Shopping Centre) which spans 1million sq ft, comprising 155 stores and is anchored by top names Debenhams and Marks & Spencer.
Elements Square is cutting-edge in design and gives an outdoor feel with granite-paved streets, impressive double-height glass store fronts and an indoor Wintergarden where well-respected delicatessen, Peckhams, will soon open.
Its range of retailers include H&M, Swarovski, Warehouse, Barclay's Diamonds, Topshop, Topman, and Next. Its catering offer is second-to-none, and features an entire street of restaurants, including Nando's, Wagamama, Ask, Chiquito and Tony Roma's.
The Centre is perfectly located, only 30 miles east of Glasgow and 17 miles west of Edinburgh, and reaches 80 per cent of Scotland's population within a one hour drive time.
Notes to editors:
Land Securities is one of the UK's leading real estate investment trusts. Its Scottish portfolio comprises four retail parks and four shopping centres including:
- The Centre shopping centre and extensive retail warehousing developments in Livingston
- Livingston Designer Outlet (joint ownership with Morley)
- Bon Accord-St Nicholas Centre in Aberdeen (joint ownership with British Land)
- Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow (a joint venture with Henderson Global Investors)
- Kingsway West retail park in Dundee
In March 2004, Land Securities entered into a 50/50 joint venture with British Land to create the Scottish Retail Property Limited Partnership which now includes its joint Aberdeen holdings.