Welcome to the future of shopping centres
- In Innovation
- 23:08, 13 November 2018
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SES is showing the way forward for shopping centres by creating destinations that offer a variety of activities even after closing time.
Mixed-use properties is what the future has in store. ‘More than just shopping’ is the slogan for SES, the Austrian shopping centre specialist that develops and operates shopping centres in prime locations – currently, 30 centres in six European countries. The company holds market leading positions in Austria and Slovenia.
SES specialises in the development, redevelopment and management of thriving retail destinations. Whether dealing with retailing, managed shopping miles, urban meeting zones, high-end food and beverage facilities, entertainment, offices, or hotel use, SES is putting its experience in the mixed use of real estate into all of its current projects.
‘The future belongs to mixed-use locations. For many years, we have focused on neighbourhood developments, the upgrading of city districts, and the best possible fusion with surrounding areas,’ says Marcus Wild, CEO of SES Spar European Shopping Centers.
‘Life unfolds at our centres. We will continue to attach great importance to creating urban spaces in which people meet, spend their leisure time, eat, shop, or work. As a result, we are incorporating our many years of experience in mixed-use locations into our current projects in an even more substantial way.
‘Cities cannot function without people and retail. Successful retail destinations have to offer exciting entertainment, exquisite food and beverage offers, and core spaces for strong brands. They serve as community and mobility hubs.’
Ljubljana-Šiška Shopping Centre
A new shopping centre is being built in the heart of the Šiška district of the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, offering approximately 90 shops, restaurants, and service outlets. The food and beverage facilities on the second floor will serve as the highlight. The first floor will feature an outdoor terrace and the development includes a green area on the roof, for sports and leisure facilities.
Jogging above the roofs of the city
The ‘Activity Roof’ will provide sports enthusiasts with a volleyball and basketball court, a fitness course and a running track. A Pump Track circuit, the latest trend in adventure sports, is being built on the forecourt of the centre and the all-around leisure experience will be accessible outside of the centre’s opening hours.
The centre’s architecture is inspired by Ljubljana’s iconic symbol – the dragon. The facade is modelled on its scales and the specially treated stainless steel gives a flamelike appearance in sunlight.
Construction work on the centre began in summer 2017. The total investment in the project is €130 mln, with a leasable area of 32,000 m2. Completion is scheduled for 2020, creating 700 new jobs.
More than just shopping
The perfect mix of local supply and top international brands results in footfall and transforms centres into central marketplaces. Food anchors remain key while innovative pop-up stores introduce variety. SES is synonymous with outstanding architecture, clear mall guidance, convenient parking, and excellent transport connections.
The trend for urbanisation and urban lifestyles continues to grow. Whether it is a district centre, downtown quarter, or managed shopping street, retail breathes life into urban spaces.
SES builds centres in close cooperation with cities and municipalities that take regional specificities and location-based needs into account.
SES strives to make versatile use of space and bring people together. SES centres are becoming more and more central and convey a sense of community – whether via co-working spaces or community events.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE FACILITIES
Eating out in an urban environment is in keeping with the spirit of the times. SES centres’ mix of local gastronomical offers and established international food brands provides the necessary culinary variety. The architecture has also been adjusted – centres open outwards and terraces and restaurants are accessible outside opening hours.
Mixed-use centres include entertainment and leisure facilities as well as art and culture. OVAL, the art and culture stage at Salzburg’s EUROPARK/Austria, became a pioneering example more than 10 years ago and now trendy sports and leisure facilities are being built at our Ljubljana-Šiška shopping centre.
Main image: Ljubljana-Šiška Shopping Centre features a green roof intended for sports and leisure facilities