The Thames Valley Property Awards nominations are due today and we cannot wait to meet all the brilliant movers and shakers at the forefront of the best things happening in the region. Staged by The Business Magazine, The Thames Valley Property Awards is the leading commercial property event in the region’s calendar, so we're doing a final call for you to enter and tell us all about the great work you've been doing.
Architectural Practice of the Year
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.
Sponsor: B P Collins
Business and Science Park Innovation of the Year
The Thames Valley is home to numerous business and science 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 and flexible environment. From work-life balance, facilities for occupiers, innovation in transport solutions through to programmes and practices that have supported businesses as they face the challenges of Covid-19.
Community Impact Award
This award is for a business, workplace or venue that has demonstrated a collaborative and proactive approach to corporate social responsibility, supporting the community through Covid-19 or excellence in responsible business practice.
Sponsor: Arena Business Centres
Co-Working Space of the Year
Co-working office spaces have seen phenomenal growth over the past seven years, and as business eases out of lockdowns and Covid-19 restrictions, flexible working environments are experiencing phenomenal growth. This award celebrates excellence in coworking space. Judges will be considering co-working spaces that have gone the extra step, from bold design, exemplary tenant services, sustainability and innovation, the category is open to all owners of co-working and flexible working space in the Thames Valley region.
Development of the Year
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.
Sponsor: Hicks Baker
Housebuilder of the Year
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.
Sponsor: Boyes Turner
Industrial/Logistics Consultancy of the Year
Based on research from CoStar, this category ranks consultancies by number and total volume of deals in the qualifying period. Based on research from CoStar, this category ranks consultancies by sq ft of deals done in the qualifying period. 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, 2020, to June 30, 2021.
Offices Consultancy of the Year
Based on research from CoStar, this category ranks consultancies by number and total volume of deals in the qualifying period. Based on research from CoStar, this category ranks consultancies by sq ft of deals done in the qualifying period. 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, 2020, to June 30, 2021.
Sponsor: Morgan Lovell
Office Design Specialist of the Year
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.
Outstanding Contribution of the Year
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 region as a great place in which to do business.
Sponsor: McKay Securities
Property Deal of the Year
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.
Property Law Firm of the Year
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.
Sponsor: Vail Williams
Residential Development of the Year
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.
Sponsor: Gateley Legal
Sustainable Development of the Year
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.
The Morgan Lovell Workplace of the Future Award
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.
Sponsor: Morgan Lovell
Young Property Person of the Year
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.
Sponsor: IBB Law