This category rewards those future projects that are not yet under construction.

The project must have received full planning permission and whilst groundworks may have commenced, structural works must not have started prior to the Awards night itself.

Our Panel will judge architectural excellence, innovation in materials, equipment, new techniques etc, and the positive impact that each development will have upon the local community.

Please supply a outline of the original brief and the architect’s proposal to address this brief.

Please also supply a synopsis of the development’s expected beneficial impact on both community and locale.

Introduced last year as an invitation only vote to RLI’s global audience,
the Most Anticipated Opening 2018 this year is included in the main lineup
of awards for the first time. This category is looking for architectural
excellence and a unique and innovative concept which will bring creativity
and modernism to the local community that are eagerly awaiting the
cutting edge development. Entries must be a new development that
opens for the first time in 2018 (for refurbishments or renovations
please see the Shopping Centre Renovation category).

Celebrating the most outstanding contribution to retail and leisure conceptualisation over the past year, this category rewards those concepts that have created an extraordinary experience for customers and tenants alike.

Please ensure that you supply the following information:

  • Size of development
  • Date of completion
  • Number of operators

In this category, the judges will celebrate 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.

Recognising the contribution made by shopping centres in providing customer care, good presentation, maintenance and cleanliness, this award also pays particular attention to high levels of service, diversity of offer and design excellence.

This award celebrates the increased popularity of the outlet model with
shoppers and developers alike in recent years. The aim of this category
is to reward innovation and design-led excellence that offers both
retailers and customers the very best in terms of brand and community
cohesion.

This award will be presented to a centre that demonstrates innovation in its renovation through architecture and design, how it has contributed to the overall regeneration of the town, city or area, its contribution to the local community and the steps it has taken to improve sustainability.

This award honours a UK retail business that can truly be described as
having had an exceptional year. Our judges will be looking for strong financial
performance, in-store innovation and proven customer service. The nominee
must be a major retailer with a minimum of ten outlets throughout the UK.

This award offers the opportunity to honour the international retailer that has achieved great things in the past year.
Our judges are looking for innovation, brand values and store innovation. Strong financial performance and a clear development strategy will also be essential.


The nominee must be a Retailer with outlets in a minimum of three continents and ten international territories.

This award will be presented to an emerging market retailer that best represents the essential retail qualities of entrepreneurship, originality and flexibility.
Our judges will look to reward a business that can demonstrate that they have a robust and growing retail format whilst examining the part it is playing in the development of the emerging economies.

This award is a tribute to the international leisure operator that has shown the strongest performance, whilst offering the customer an innovative and exciting brand. Our judging panel will be particularly interested in how this operator maintains global recognition. The
nominee must be a leisure operator with outlets in a minimum of three continents and ten international territories.

Food & Beverage services are becoming the must have element in any
retail and leisure destination, and they are transforming shopping centres and outlets into convivial lifestyle ventures. Introduced for the first time, this award highlights the very best and innovative F&B concepts across the globe. Judges will be looking at the authenticity, quality and experience that each concept offers.

This award is designed to highlight the Developer which showcases the best new retail and leisure schemes over the last 12 months, with an emphasis on diversity, innovation and, of course, the ‘wow’ factor.
Please ensure that submissions include a portfolio of recently completed developments and a selection of ongoing projects in the retail and/or leisure sectors.

This award is a tribute to the designer that consistently and accurately delivers the value of a brand to both business and customers.
Our judges will examine both the design process, its objective and, most importantly, the results.

Please ensure that submissions include a portfolio of recently completed developments and a selection of ongoing projects in the retail and/or leisure sectors.

For designers nominating their work, it is essential to obtain the approval of the client prior to submitting examples of their work.

Honouring innovative and trail-blazing companies, this award acknowledges the importance of the contractor’s role in the successful completion of any retail and leisure development. The judges will examine project portfolios, so please ensure that submissions include a portfolio of recently completed developments and a selection of ongoing projects in the retail and/or leisure sectors.

This award acknowledges the importance of the shopfitter’s role in the successful completion of any retail or leisure development. It also recognises the company’s understanding of a client’s needs, their contribution to the design process and their innovative use of the space and materials.

This award recognises the entrepreneurial spirit, achievements and long-term ambitions of smaller up-coming retail businesses embarking on an international expansion program. Please supply a synopsis of the nominated company outlining the qualities that you believe it possesses whilst pointing to its successes over the previous year. Please supply supporting material such as financial results, acquisitions, new market entries and press releases.