Auckland Wins Design Award

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On June 25, 2011, New Zealand’s Auckland Airport (AKL) was named Supreme Winner at the Red Retail Design Awards for the renovation of its international departures area.

The Awards, which promote excellence in retail design, recognised the area as the “standout entry” in a year that saw the highest ever number of competitors.

The international departures area was extensively remodelled to enhance the overall passenger experience. It is also home to the iconic Pou Manawa fabric tree, which the airport described as a “symbolic centrepiece that stands proud where people gather.”

AKL was also recently presented with an Excellence Award for the new departures zone, in the Retail Property category at the Property Council Rider Levet Bucknall Property Industry Awards 2011.

AKL’s General Manager for Retail & Commercial, Adrian Littlewood, commented: “We have been working very hard to create a unique environment that offers our passenger a first-class travel experience and still subtly reflects New Zealand design. It is very encouraging for our design partners to have now been presented with two prestigious awards which acknowledge and commend the quality of the improvements we have been making.”

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