The Thames Valley Property Awards has been postponed because of coronavirus. The new date for the popular event is September 3.

The TVPA dinner at Ascot Racecourse was scheduled for April 30 but organiser The Business Magazine has confirmed that it is in everyone’s best interests to postpone until the autumn.

“The health and wellbeing of all our guests, sponsors and employees is the paramount concern. We appreciate that many people will have been looking forward to the event next month, but it’s prudent to take the decision now to postpone in light of the ever-changing coronavirus crisis,” said David Murray, managing director, The Business Magazine.

“The property sector has been postponing and cancelling events throughout the UK. The impact of coronavirus on the sector is profound, but we have no doubt that we will be delivering a great event for commercial and residential property people in September.”

All table bookings and sponsorships for TVPA will be honoured for the new date.

The venue and presenter remain unchanged. Alistair McGowan, the actor, comedian and impressionist, will compere the evening.

Awards Categories

Entries are closed, finalists to be announced soon.

Category descriptions

The Thames Valley Region

Offices Consultancy – sponsored by Morgan Lovell

Working with CoStar, this category uses objective information gathered from its extensive industry-leading database on deals within the Thames Valley. The award will be given to the consultancy that has completed the highest total of commercial deals in the office sector across the region and the highest total by sq ft transacted during the 12-month period from January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019.

Industrial/Logistics Consultancy – sponsored by SEGRO

Working with CoStar, this category uses objective information gathered from their extensive industry-leading database on deals within the Thames Valley. The award will be given to the property consultancy that has completed the most industrial/logistics deals across the region and the highest total by sq ft transacted from January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019.

Sustainable Development Project – sponsored by BDB Pitmans

Green buildings are not only good for the environment, they can satisfy occupier demands, and help improve the corporate image. This category highlights the sustainability credentials of a property – whether commercial or residential – from biodiversity to wellbeing, and from energy use to the impact on transportation.

We will assess buildings that are BREEAM certified (the world’s leading sustainability assessment method which includes Home Quality Mark) plus others that fulfil the following criteria:

  • A green building/development is one which promotes energy efficiency, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and minimises the environmental impact.

Office Design Specialist

Inspiring office design and successful businesses go together. This award would go to a fit-out specialist or architect creating contemporary work space – individual office, warehouse, or an entire development – that has led to positive benefits such as increased productivity, staff retention and wellbeing.

Judges will want to see how the design of the space was approached and how it has created genuine gains for the business.

Business Park Innovation – sponsored by Blake Morgan

The Thames Valley is home to numerous business parks. This award recognises the role the parks play in the region’s economy and celebrates the ability of the developer, owner or management team to create a sustainable environment. Work-life balance, facilities for occupiers, innovation in transport solutions, etc, are all areas that judges will take account of.

The Morgan Lovell Workplace of the Future Award

Awarded to an employer;

The workplace of the future award will be awarded to an employer to reflect modern day advances in workplace culture and the employers’ focus on attracting new generations of exceptional people. This category will be judged by a next generation panel of talented experts (aged 35 and under).

The award will go to an occupier or developer that has created a brilliant workplace, this could be an individual office, or even an entire development which demonstrates they are focussing on the ‘future of the workplace’. The emphasis is on culture and not the environment. The Judges will want to see how the organisation has approached the challenge of ensuring their workplace attracts and retains talent, taking into consideration health, wellbeing and an approach to working differently. 

Next Gen Judging Panel for: The Morgan Lovell Workplace of the Future Award


George Wilson – development surveyor – Arlington

Jeremy Metcalfe – partner – Hollis Hockley LLP

Alice Hilliard – associate director – BNP Paribas Real Estate UK

Oliver Wilson – associate director – Thames Valley Surveying

Andy Nixon – associate – Knight Frank

Katie Nelson – chartered surveyor – Cushman & Wakefield

Andrew Baillie – senior surveyor – Vail Williams

Natasha Ryan – associate – Cluttons LLP

Architectural Practice – sponsored by Close Brothers Property Finance

This award recognises outstanding architectural practices (residential and commercial) in the region – highlighting recent instructions and creative projects.

Judges are looking for the practice that has excelled either on one project or a series throughout the year in question.

In-town Office – sponsored by Savills

The Thames Valley’s towns and cities have proven more and more attractive for corporates. The desire among the younger generations to work in city-centre locations has helped companies attract and retain high-value employees. Out-of-town locations are still desirable but being in the centre of a town or city works for many growing businesses, whether professional, tech, recruitment, or other.

Judges require nominations for in-town offices that have made their mark – such as environmental standards, business or community impact – in the qualifying year. Entries can be made by the occupier, the designer or architect, or the developer, agent etc.

Young Property Person – sponsored by Campbell Gordon

This award is presented to a person under 35 working in property ­– this could include professionals, architects, planners, or those working in the new areas of property tech. Apprentices and graduates are all eligible, and judges will be looking for the rising stars who are set for career success in their chosen field.

Fast-Rising Property Business – sponsored by Leaders Romans Group

This award recognises a fast-rising firm in either the commercial, industrial or residential property sectors that is shining brighter than its competitors.

Judges want to reward a successful property business that has also shone in the region in the past few years. Eligible firms include developers, agents, consultants, surveyors, lettings specialists, etc.

Property Law Firm – sponsored by Crowe

Judges are looking for a law firm whose property team has had an exceptional year, either in terms of volume of work, quality of instructions, or both. Particular attention will be given to law firms that have instructed on complex deals during the year, or that have excelled in advisory work.

Eligible law firms can have acted in the commercial property or residential property markets; and can have been instructed by developers, agents, occupiers, and/or investors. In reviewing submissions from law firms, judges will also pay attention to testimonials from clients.

Development – sponsored by Hicks Baker

This award is for a non-residential development – such as office, mixed-use, leisure or industrial – that has been completed, has funding or has recently received planning consent.

Judges will be assessing the impact the development will make and its contribution to the Thames Valley.

Due to the nature of this award category, judges will consider a longer timeframe than 12 months – spec schemes can be entered provided they have planning, and funding approved.

Property Deal – sponsored by Haslams

This award celebrates a deal or transaction that by its size, importance or location makes a significant impact on the Thames Valley. Such a deal often provides the confidence and momentum to ensure that the region remains buoyant and relevant.

Residential Development – sponsored by Gateley Legal

This award goes to a specific housing development in the Thames Valley that stands out from the competition. Size doesn’t matter – judges will consider small brownfield developments and large housing estates. The entry could be an innovative conversion of a building – so Permitted Development (PD) schemes are eligible.

Judges will be looking for evidence of good design, environmental impact, sustainability, and whether the scheme has overcome unusual challenges and site constraints.

Housebuilder – sponsored by Boyes Turner

Successful housebuilding in the Thames Valley has to take account of environmental issues, and a need for community engagement. It has to have real economic benefit, respecting the Thames Valley environment and showing how good design can create places where people want to live, both young and old.

The judges are looking for a Thames Valley housebuilder that incorporates these aspects into its completed schemes and consistently receives positive feedback from its customers.

Outstanding Contribution – sponsored by McKay Securities

This award is for a stand-out person who has promoted and created success in the execution of property strategy across the region and, more importantly, has been involved with the promotion of the Thames Valley as a great place in which to do business.

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