Ascot: Winners recognised at ‘brilliant’ Thames Valley Property Awards

The fifth annual Thames Valley Property Awards last night recognised the firms and people who stood out over the past year. Around 700 guests attended the flagship event at Ascot Racecourse.

A very strong line-up of nominations demonstrated that 2017 was another good year for the Thames Valley property sector. The awards celebrated the achievements of developers, agents, planners, consultants, lawyers and dealmakers.

The Business Magazine publisher David Murray said: “Office enquiries are said to be at record levels. The office investment book continues to grow, while industrial and logistics are at record volumes. The Thames Valley has lost none of its allure.”

David Murray

The awards were sponsored by Barton Willmore, Boyes Turner, Crowe Clark Whitehill, Haslams, Hicks Baker, Leaders Romans Group, Jelf, McKay Securities, Morgan Lovell, Peter Brett Associates, Rare, Regus, Savills, and SEGRO. Other companies supporting the event were CoStar, Pegasus Group, and Jansons.

TV presenter, broadcaster and former England rugby union player Martin Bayfield hosted the lively evening with plenty of humour.

Martin Bayfield

Generous support for local charity

On the night, guests donated an incredible £12,000 for Maidenhead-based charity Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, which supports children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families.

Fiona Devine said the charity was looking to the future: “I’m thrilled we have now completed building our children’s hospice, the first and only one in Berkshire. This has been quite a remarkable chapter for us. A local children’s hospice was not a reality for my son, Alexander, but it will be for the 600 children we know could benefit from our service.”

She added: “Alexander would have been 21 this year, so it’s fitting that we are on the cusp of another milestone. We will be opening the doors of our new hospice in the next few weeks and expanding our services.”

Fiona Devine


Guests described the event as ‘brilliant’ and suggested that with 700 in the room it was the not-to-be-missed evening in the property calendar.

A very popular winner of the Outstanding Contribution award was Simon Dimmick of law firm Blandy & Blandy.

Full results


Offices Consultancy of the Year (by number of deals)

Winner: Lambert Smith Hampton

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

Offices Consultancy of the Year (by sq ft)

Winner: Lambert Smith Hampton


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

Industrial & Logistics Property Consultancy (by number of deals)

Winner: Sharps Commercial


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

Industrial & Logistics Property Consultancy (by sq ft)

Winner: JLL

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

Property Client Service

This award is open to all property companies (including professionals, developers, contractors, and architects) and celebrates the ability to take a client’s brief and ensure it is correctly managed and serviced.

Winner: Vail Williams – working alongside Frimley Health NHS Trust on the Heathwood redevelopment at Ascot.

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  • Lichfields – working with two councils to develop a new three-year plan for Oxfordshire businesses.
  • Stubbings Property Marketing – transforming Slough through community engagement.

Business Park Innovation

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.

Winner: Arlington Business Park, Theale – transformed by Patron Capital and APAM.

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Other finalist:

  • Basing View, Basingstoke – growing fast as part of the new-look Basingstoke.

Town/City of the Year

This award goes to a town or city that is implementing a growth strategy, enhancing its brand and encouraging investment and re-investment.

Winner: Slough – £1 billion of regeneration is transforming Slough and making it a magnet for businesses

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  • Bracknell – reinvigorated by The Lexicon, which has given the town a new heart.
  • Oxford – often tops surveys as one of the fast-growing cities in the country and has a smart new Westgate city centre.

In-Town Office of the Year

Judges look at how the design of the office workplace was approached and how it will help achieve genuine productivity gains for occupiers.

Winner: Apex Plaza, Reading – the landmark building has been reinvigorated to stake its claim as a go-to location in the town.

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  • Austin Fraser offices at Thames Tower, Reading – a workplace of the future, smart new offices for this recruitment firm at the prestige Thames Tower.
  • The Porter Building, Slough – the first office building in the UK to be awarded WELL building certification.

Managing Agent of the Year

This award goes to a company managing a growing portfolio of properties.

Winner: Leaders Romans Group – 48,000 properties under management.

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  • Lambert Smith Hampton – the Oxford team has a strong reputation for managing a big Thames Valley portfolio.
  • Sennen Property Management – managing agent for developers like Bewley and Rushmon.

Young Property Person of the Year
(under 35)

Judges were delighted that all four finalists were women – showing that there are opportunities aplenty for women in professions, which just a few years ago were seen as male domains.

Winner: Hannah Taylor-Brewin of Page Hardy Harris just 22, but as a commercial surveyor proving a wise head and a key member of the firm’s team.

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Highly Commended:
 Sam House of Area In just four years Sam has progressed to working on key projects for Area.

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  • Alice Hilliard of Campbell Gordon – playing a vital role at a firm she only joined in 2014.
  • Morgan Singleton-Fookes of ESI Consulting – from working part-time at ESI while still at university, Morgan is undertaking important projects at the firm.

Fast-Rising Property Business

The aim of this award is to recognise growing stars who are making their mark in either commercial or residential sectors.

Winner: RARE – RARE increased sales by 50% and profit by 70% last year and is clearly growing significantly.

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  • Curve Workplaces – Specialising in fit-outs and furniture, turnover has grown to some £8m.
  • Oakmont Homes – the housebuilder has grown rapidly in just over two years specialising in first-time buyers’ homes.

Property Law Firm of the Year

This award is for a law firm whose property team has enjoyed an exceptional year, either in terms of volume of work, quality of instructions, or both.

Winner: Boyes Turner – one the largest full-service property teams in the region.

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Highly Commended: 
Herrington Carmichael – the firm is seen to be punching above its weight and achieved record fee turnover last year.

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  • Blandy & Blandy – the respected Reading team with a strong portfolio of clients.
  • BP Collins – the team had an exceptional year in 2017.

Development of the Year

This particular award focus on non-residential developments either recently completed or with consent to be built in the near future.

Winner: The Lexicon, Bracknell – the long-awaited Lexicon is finally open and has made Bracknell a go-to destination.

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  • Premier Inn, Slough – not just a hotel but a gateway development as part of the new-look Trading Estate.
  • Westgate, Oxford – the transformation of Oxford retail is one of the highlights of one of the UK’s fast-growing cities.

Property Deal of the Year

This award focuses on headline deals in the past year.

Winner: Frasers Property – Frasers Property acquisition of four major Thames Valley business parks – Chineham, Watchmoor, Winnersh and Farnborough.

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  • 9 Greyfriars Road, Reading – the newly refurbished building, a McKay Securities investment, now let to Spaces.
  • Westcore’s Instant Offices deal at Kennet Place, Reading – the biggest office letting in the town in 2017.

Residential Development of the Year

Winner: Thomas Homes – 16-40 London Road, Reading – the stylish conversion of a 19th century building by Thomas Homes.

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  • Milestone in Slough – the development of new homes by Slough Urban Renewal.
  • Royal Quay, near Uxbridge – the transformation of a waterside location by Oakford Homes.

Housebuilder of the Year

Winner: Inland Homes – headquartered in Amersham, the specialist urban regeneration developer.

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  • Shanly Homes – the Beaconsfield-based building group operating throughout the South East.
  • Spitfire Bespoke Homes – the southern division based at Maidenhead builds bespoke homes across the region.

Outstanding Contribution

This special award is for a stand-out person who has made their mark in property and, just as importantly, has been involved with the promotion of the Thames Valley as a great place in which to do business.

And the winner is…

The winner is recognised for his reputation as one of the leading planning experts in the South East. He advises on strategy and development for several major landowner clients – and one of the renowned bibles of his profession stated he has been ‘the face of Thames Valley planning law for a very long time and one of the great and good of real estate in the region’. The award goes to Simon Dimmick of Blandy & Blandy.

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Receiving his award, Dimmick thanked the judges for honouring him. He said: “We have a huge number of devoted people in the Thames Valley who all need applause. There is terrific competition in the area and we need to be proud of the fact that we have so many really excellent professionals.”