DUBAI: The world’s first airport terminal dedicated to the A380 aircraft has successfully commenced operations, with 100% of its food & beverage outlets open for trade and drawing wide praise for the standard of retail design & fitout achieved.
Vindico Retail has worked alongside its Client, Dubai Airports, the terminal’s Concessionaires (Tenants) and their designers and suppliers to manage the retail delivery process, including both tenant coordination & design review services. “We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to work alongside Eugene Barry and his Commercial team to achieve the successful opening of Concourse A,” comments Peter Row, Vindico Retail Founding Director. “We were very aware of the expectation to deliver a step change in passenger experience at DXB through the food & beverage offer, and we are proud of our role in supporting the achievement of this goal.”
“Eyebrows were raised when, a day after being appointed, we put the process on hold,” reflected Mark Holmans, Vindico Retail Project Director. “We needed to quickly assess the technical scopes, where the Concessionaires were heading on design and ensure that all the stakeholders were re-aligned – within a very tight programme.” Linda Mitchell, Vindico Retail Director overseeing design, comments, “Airports differ from malls when it comes to retail design, where a greater interdependency affords more opportunity, and responsibility, for the airport, its Concessionaire and brands to work closer together. In Concourse A, we have come through a robust design debate with a better outcome for each of these groups.”
Concourse A’ is the one of the largest buildings on earth by volume, with a capacity to handle 30million passengers a year from 20 gates designed to accommodate the A380 aircraft. The terminal will serve Emirates and its partner, Qantas, and is part of Dubai Airports USD 20 billion ongoing capital works programme.
Vindico Retail is a specialist provider of tenant coordination and design review services to developers & managers of shopping centres and airports internationally, with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and Australia.