Wellington Scoop

New Lambton Quay store wins two retail design awards

Press Release – Paul Blomfield
New Zealand’s top retail architect Mark Gascoigne and his team at Studio Gascoigne have won five of the Retail Design Awards for 2014. The prestigious Awards are given to the top retail designers for works undertaken in the 2013/14 year and Studio Gascoigne scooped the pool, taking the biggest share of the awards for only four projects entered.

Two of the awards were for a major Wellington project:

– the Apparel Division Award for the Glassons/Hallensteins Flagship Store on Lambton Quay in Wellington

– the Lighting Award for the Glassons/Hallensteins Flagship Store in Wellington

“It is great to get back on the podium this year,” said Gascoigne, “especially for the Glassons/Hallensteins flagship store, a huge design and architectural project with many challenges.

“Our clients wanted an exciting departure from their previous format to keep ahead of their competition.

“We believe that this store is a game-changer for affordable fashion in New Zealand in that it offers an exciting “Superstore” environment of a type previously only available to shoppers in Europe.

“It is great that both the client and my team have been rewarded for that bravery,” he said.

The awards cap off a huge year for Mark Gascoigne, with two more finalist projects in the upcoming Best Awards and his appearances as a judge on The Block NZ making him a household name in the DIY community.

“It is incredible how many friends, colleagues and clients have seen me on the show and have an opinion on the results.

“It makes me very conscious how hard it is to win an aesthetic based competition – even more reason to be excited about our RED Awards win,” he said.

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