Design medal for Te Awa
The design of Hamilton's newest shopping mall has been ranked among the world's best after winning an international award in China.
Te Awa at The Base won a silver medal at the Asia Pacific Shopping Centre Awards in Shanghai at the weekend.
The awards, organised by the International Council of Shopping Centres, recognise excellence in the Asia-Pacific region's shopping centre industry.
Te Awa, built and owned by Tainui Group Holdings (TGH), is the newest addition to The Base shopping centre.
It won silver in the "renovations and expansions" section.
In the section, retail properties are considered for their overall design qualities and creativity in development, through renovation or expansion of an existing property.
The $400 million redevelopment of Robina Town Centre in Australia took the gold medal while Te Awa triumphed over fellow finalists Paradise Park in Bangkok and Qingdao iShine City in China.
TGH chief executive Mike Pohio said the award was special because of its international standing and that it also came on top of last year's Property Council "judges' choice" award where TGH was honoured for its contribution to the Waikato property industry.
"It's recognition of the tribe, of TGH's vision to be world class in all its developments, and of a huge amount of hard work," he said.
Te Awa, which at capacity can hold 180 stores, opened in August 2010 and cost $120m.
Construction work on the award-winning site was done in stages, with the fourth and final stage of the roll-out - the opening of Hoyts Te Awa - completed in August last year.