BALTIMORE, February 2, 2009 — Town Square Las Vegas, a town center project designed by Baltimore-based planning and architecture design firm Development Design Group (DDG), recently earned top honors at the 2008 Global Retail Leisure International Awards held in London at Wembley Stadium.
The magazine, Retail & Leisure International (RLI), named the Town Square Las Vegas project category winner as “International Retail & Leisure Destination of the Year.” According to RLI, “With this accolade, the judging panel celebrated the most outstanding new international retail and leisure experience by awarding a special prize to the destination that has delivered the most customers, the best offering and the most dynamic approach to property development.”
Another DDG-designed project, Istinye Park in Istanbul, Turkey, received “Highly Commended” recognition in the same category.
“We are honored to be recognized at such a prestigious event in a category with such superb competition this year,” said Roy Higgs, CEO of DDG. “Our work globally has been recognized in the past, so we are pleased that one of our projects in the United States is receiving this sort of international acclaim.”
Town Square Las Vegas is a shopping, dining and entertainment center on Las Vegas Boulevard at the junction of I-15 and the 215 Beltway. The 100-acre, open-air center features 22 buildings detailing a collage of Old-World and contemporary architectural styles. Developed by Turnberry Associates and Centra Properties, Town Square Las Vegas spans 1.5 million square feet and includes an eclectic mix of retail and restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, and 350,000 square feet of Class “A” office space. DDG served as master planner and design architects for the center. For more information, visit www.townsquarelasvegas.com or call 702-269-5000.
Istinye Park is an 800,000-square-foot retail and entertainment destination on more than 13 hectares, encompassing approximately 82,000 square meters of retail, restaurants and entertainment venues.
This year’s RLI Conference, “Embracing Global Retail,” follows the phenomenal success of the organization’s 2007 conference, “Exploring Retail Opportunities in the Middle East, India and Asia.” This year’s conference explored the multitude of possibilities and challenges presented by a number of the world’s most exciting markets, their peculiarities, pitfalls and rewards.
Retail & Leisure International is a global magazine dedicated to covering the retail and leisure sectors of commercial real estate.
About Development Design Group Inc.
Development Design Group Inc. is a leading international architecture, planning, graphics and design firm with a history of creating high-profile, high-quality environments around the world. The company’s vast portfolio includes exciting new retail and entertainment concepts; first-class hotel, leisure, and resort facilities; unique office and residential designs; and large mixed-use destinations offering a range of elements and activities. DDG specializes in entertainment/retail environments, regional planning, waterfront development, urban and suburban revitalization, specialty center development, and creative concept generation for land use.