Thames Valley Property Awards 2018 Winners

Offices Consultancy of the Year  sponsored by Morgan Lovell

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 category will use objective information gathered from its extensive industry-leading database on deals within the Thames Valley region. The awards will be given to the consultancies that have 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 2017 to February 28, 2018.

Offices Consultancy (by number of deals)

Winner: Lambert Smith Hampton

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Finalists in alphabetical order

  • Duncan Bailey-Kennedy
  • Hollis Hockley
  • Page Hardy Harris
  • Wadham & Isherwood

Offices Consultancy (by sq ft) 

Winner: Lambert Smith Hampton

Finalists in alphabetical order

  • BNP Paribas
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • JLL
  • Knight Frank

Industrial/Logistics Consultancy of the Year – sponsored by SEGRO

Working with CoStar, this category uses objective information gathered from their extensive industry-leading database on deals within the Thames Valley region. The awards will be given to the property consultancies that have completed the most industrial/logistics deals across the region and the highest total by sq ft transacted from January 2017 to February 28, 2018.

Industrial/Logistics (by number of deals)

Winner: Sharps Commercial

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in alphabetical order

  • JLL
  • Lambert Smith Hampton
  • VSL & Partners
  • Wadham & Isherwood

Industrial/Logistic (by sq ft) in alphabetical order

Winner: JLL

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in alphabetical order

  • Colliers International
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Dowley Turner Real Estate
  • Lambert Smith Hampton

Property Client Service  sponsored by Morgan Lovell

This award is open to all property companies (including professionals, developers, contractors, architects, etc) and celebrates the ability to take a client’s brief and ensure it is correctly managed and serviced. The nomination should focus on a specific project or client brief and should, where possible include testimonials from the client and others involved in the scheme.

Winner: Vail Williams

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  • Lichfields
  • Stubbings Property Marketing

Business Park Innovation – sponsored by Regus

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.

Winner: Arlington Business Park, Theale

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Other finalist:

  • Basing View, Basingstoke

Town/City of the Year – sponsored by Barton Willmore

This award focuses on the towns and cities in the Thames Valley that are developing their offering for both employers and residents. Previous winners have implemented successful town-centre strategies and have promoted their brand, attracting inward investment. This year’s winner will be a town or city that has developed an improved environment with better facilities for all.

Winner: Slough

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  • Bracknell
  • Oxford

In-town Office of the Year  sponsored by RARE

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.

Winner: Apex Plaza

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  • Apex Plaza, Reading
  • Austin Fraser, Thames Tower
  • The Porter Building, Slough

Managing Agent of the Year – sponsored by JELF Insurance

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.

Winner: Leaders Romans Group

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  • Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Sennen Property Management

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

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.

Winner: Hannah Taylor-Brewin of Page Hardy Harris

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Highly Commended: 
Sam House of Area

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  • Alice Hilliard, Campbell Gordon
  • Morgan Singleton-Fookes, ESI Consulting

Fast Rising Property Business – sponsored by Leaders Romans Group

Leaders 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.

Winner: RARE

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  • Curve Workplaces
  • Oakmont Homes

Property Law Firm – sponsored by Crowe Clark Whitehill

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.

Winner: Boyes Turner

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Highly Commended: 
Herrington Carmichael

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  • Blandy & Blandy
  • B P Collins

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 time-frame than 12 months – spec schemes can be entered provided they have planning and funding approved.

Winner: The Lexicon, Bracknell

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  • Premier Inn, Slough
  • Westgate, Oxford

Property Deal of the Year – 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.

Winner: Frasers Property acquisition of Winnersh Triangle, Watchmoor Park, Chineham Park and Farnborough Business Park

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  • 9 Greyfriars Road, Reading, letting to Spaces
  • Westcore, Instant Offices deal at Kennet Place, Reading

Residential Development of the Year – sponsored by Savills

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.

Winner: 16-40 London Road – Thomas Homes

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  • Milestone – Slough Urban Renewal
  • Royal Quay – Oakford Homes

Housebuilder of the Year – sponsored by Boyes Turner

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.

Winner: Inland Homes

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  • Shanly Homes
  • Spitfire Bespoke Homes

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.

Winner: Simon Dimmick of Blandy & Blandy

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