A pulsating evening at the Thames Valley Property Awards showcased the region’s very best properties, firms and people. Over 650 guests joined the celebrations at Ascot Racecourse on 2 May.
Peter Laurie, head of client relations at awards organiser The Business Magazine, said: “Looking at the strong nominations it’s been a good year. Developers, agents, planners, consultants, property lawyers, dealmakers are testament to the velocity of the Thames Valley property market.”
The sixth annual awards were sponsored by Blake Morgan, Boyes Turner, Campbell Gordon, Crowe, Gateley, Haslams, Hicks Baker, Leaders Romans, Jelf, McKay Securities, Morgan Lovell, PBA now part of Stantec, Regus, Savills, and SEGRO.
TV presenter, broadcaster and former England rugby union player Martin Bayfield hosted the awards, steering the evening through 16 award categories with plenty of banter and anecdotes.
On the night, guests donated £12,500 for Maidenhead-based charity Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, which supports children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families. Fundraising at the Thames Valley Property Awards over the last six years has raised over £50,000 for the charity.
It recently opened its new site in Maidenhead for children and their families. Fiona Devine, who set up the charity in memory of her son, said: “What I have learned is that a building is not just bricks, steelworks and roof tiles. Buildings help us create special memories, they protect us and they have an identity within a community.”
She told the audience: “You have helped us create a home from home, so our children have a sense of belonging and feel safe. They make memories here and are sheltered, as are their families. Your incredible help over the last six years has resulted in a staggering amount of donations.”