Thames Valley Property Awards Winners 2017

Business Park of the Year sponsored by Kempton Carr Croft

Winner – Howbery Park, Wallingford

Chineham Park, Basingstoke
Shrivenham 100, Faringdon

The Thames Valley has been synonymous with the creation and management of business parks as a location of choice for businesses across the region. This Award celebrates the ability of the developer, owner or management team to market the business park by new initiatives, maintain high occupancy levels, and consistently receive positive feedback from tenants. Judges will be looking for a clear demonstration of the ability of the business park to fulfil the criteria listed above.

Industrial & Logistics Property Consultancy of the Year – sponsored by SEGRO

Winner: Cushman & Wakefield

Lambert Smith Hampton
Sharps Commercial

Working with CoStar, this Award uses objective information gathered from their extensive industry-leading database on deals within the Thames Valley region by postcode. The award will be given to the Property Consultancy that has completed the most industrial/logistics deals across the region from January 2016 to February 28, 2017.

Commercial Property Consultancy (Firm) award sponsored by Morgan Lovell

Winners – Lambert Smith Hampton

Hollis Hockley

This award draws from CoStar data and is based on deal volumes and values.

After London, the Thames Valley is the next largest property market in the UK by volume of deals and density. Working with CoStar, this Award will use objective information gathered from its extensive industry-leading database on deals within the Thames Valley region. The award will be given to the consultancy that has completed the highest total of commercial deals in the office sector across the region during the 12-month period from January 2016 to February 28, 2017.

Town of the Year – sponsored by Barton Willmore

Winner – Basingstoke


Judges are looking for a Thames Valley town (or city) and its management team (and advisers) that has implemented a successful town-centre strategy and has enhanced the town’s brand. This could be by improving transportation links, implementing a regeneration plan that has created opportunities for economic growth, or a major new property investment that has changed the course of the Town. The judges are aware that the region is the sum of its parts and therefore evidence of cross Borough and County collaboration is also an important measure of success. Entrants need to show that that they have adopted a clear strategy for improvement that has enhanced the Town over a period of time.

Housebuilder of the Year – sponsored by Pitmans LLP

Winners – Bewley Homes

Inland Homes
Spitfire Bespoke Homes

Successful housebuilding in the Thames Valley has to be aware 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.

Commercial Property Consultancy (Client Service) award sponsored by Morgan Lovell

Winner – Campbell Gordon

Vail Williams

This award is open to all property consultancies and celebrates the ability of the consultancy to take a client’s brief and ensure it is correctly managed and serviced. Entries must be supported by clear evidence of success, including testimonials from clients and other advisers involved with the deal, project or brief in question.

Young Property Professional of the Year – sponsored by Peter Brett Associates

Winner : Heather Harvey-Wood (Cushman & Wakefield)

Gemma Care (Barton Willmore)
Lewis Djemal (Clifton Ingram)

This award is presented to a property professional under 35. Eligible professionals should be based in the Thames Valley and would include agents, property lawyers, architects, planners, surveyors, etc.

Winners – The Curve – Slough Urban Renewal

Imperial Way, Reading – SEGRO
Longwalk Road, Stockley Park
Thames Valley Science Park 

Celebration of a Thames Valley project (office, mixed-use, residential or industrial) that has been recently completed, has funding or has just received planning consent. Judges will be looking at the funders’/developer’s ability to create an exciting new development, which matches industry standards and will be seen as a real addition to the Thames Valley.

Property Deal of the Year – sponsored by Haslams

Winner – Becton Dickinson building, Winnersh Triangle

BP Campus, Sunbury
Mapletree Green Park

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.

Fast Rising Property Business – sponsored by Romans Group

Winner – Paul Basham Associates

FWS Properties

Romans Group, the sponsor of this category, is itself a fast-growing and award-winning property business. Romans first opened for business in 1987, and has adapted and developed in response to its customers’ needs to become one of the most accomplished property groups in the UK.  As a leading light in the Thames Valley property sector, Romans wants to reward a successful property business that has also shined in the region in the past few years. Eligible firms include developers, agents, consultants, surveyors, lettings specialists, etc.

Property Law Firm – sponsored by Vail Williams

Winners – Blandy & Blandy

BP Collins
Charles Russell Speechlys

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.

Outstanding Contribution – sponsored by McKay Securities

Winner – Scott Witchalls, partner, Peter Brett Associates

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.

Residential Development of the Year – sponsored by NatWest

Winner – Taplow Riverside – Berkeley Homes

Drayton Garden Village – Inland Homes
Rotherfield Garth – Spitfire

This award goes to a specific housing development in the Thames Valley that stands out from the competition. The development could be a new housing estate, or conversion of existing buildings, and could be houses, apartments or a mix of both. Judges will consider design, environmental impact, sustainability, and any benefit to the economy or surrounding community.

Managing Agent of the Year – sponsored by JELF Insurance

Winner – Sennen Property Management

Property management is key, and having the right managing agent can make the difference between a building proving successful for the lessor, or not. The managing agent, appointed by the freeholder of a property or a management company, is often the ‘glue’ between the owner and the tenant. This award will be based on testimonials and case studies, and judges will look at best practice, innovation and professional approach.

In-town Office of the Year award sponsored by RARE

Winner – Thames Tower, Reading

Charter Building, Uxbridge
Greyfriars, Reading

The Thames Valley is home to a growing number of exciting workplaces that are in-town or inner-city. These are taking the best aspects of co-working, collaborative working environments, and innovative spaces, in landmark buildings that set the benchmark for offices in 2017 and beyond.

Judges will want to see how the design of the office workplace was approached and how it will help achieve genuine productivity gains for occupiers. Entries can be made by the occupier, the designer or architect, or the developer, agent etc