THE Ballito Junction Regional Mall has been named the best new shopping centre development in South Africa this year. It won the prestigious South African Council of Shopping Centres’ Retail Design and Development Award (RDDA) 2017 for a new retail property development.Ballito Junction opened in March this year. It is owned and developed by Flanagan & Gerard Property Development and Investment and Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings.This regional mall is designed by MDS Architecture and Boogertman KZN. It is the major expansion of an existing 10 000sqm shopping centre, which has grown eight times its size, to an impressive 80,000sqm of world-class retail and leisure.The fiercely contested awards, sponsored by Nedbank CIB, were announced at the SACSC’s 21st Annual Congress in Cape Town.Commenting on receiving the well-regarded accolade, Patrick Flanagan of Flanagan and Gerard, said: “We are thrilled that Ballito Junction, which is an exceptional development achieved by an exceptional team, has been honoured with this prize. We believe that Ballito Junction Regional Mall realises our strategy of creating the ideal shopping and entertainment experience for its market, while also reflecting the latest in inspired mall design, tenant mix and retail innovation.”Carl Jankowitz of Menlyn Main Investment Holdings said: “With the development of Ballito Junction Regional Mall, we have created a breath-taking experience in a truly world-class asset. We are delighted that the RDDA Awards have recognised its excellence. This honour from SACSC is a testament to the extraordinary vision, expertise, experience and skill that has been invested in Ballito Junction by the entire team.”Clinching the esteemed award, Ballito Junction’s standout qualities that impressed the judges were noted to include its six anchors and a multi-screen cinema arranged over three levels making imaginative use of the topography of its site.They said: “The tenant mix is excellent and clearly defined throughout the three levels with a strong food and beverage offer at the lower level forming a major anchor alongside the multi-screen cinema. The curving of the malls is attractively designed with light and bright interiors reflecting an ‘ocean’ theme in colours and motifs. Natural foot-flow feeds in at the highest level with equal distribution throughout from the concealed stacked parking.”Adding to this achievement for the magnificent mall, Ballito Junction’s Exclusive Books also shone at the prestigious awards. It scooped top honours for the best designed retail store in the country. It was designed to Exclusive Book’s brief by Dakota Design.Flanagan and Jankowitz congratulated Exclusive Books, on behalf of the mall, for creating a remarkable experience in its bespoke Ballito Junction bookshop, which features a design inspired by its unique setting.The warm and inviting interior of Exclusive Books in Ballito Junction is clad throughout by its own merchandise – books. The concept is enhanced by a large central table encouraging social community and inviting customers to browse and dwell. This is combined with a coffee shop offer to further encourage relaxation in the store. The worktop and table areas are enhanced by attractive downlight fittings and the upstand fascias are given a timeless quality with distressed terracotta white glazed tiling.Ballito Junction features a sensational selection of over 200 shops, restaurants, and services. - Supplied.