The first South Coast Property Awards was celebrated last night when more than 360 black-tie diners gathered at Hilton at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton to honour outstanding talent in the region’s property sector.
Welcoming the guests was David Murray, publisher of The Business Magazine, who said: “We are here to celebrate property on the South Coast – both commercial and residential – and to recognise the achievers – firms and individuals – who have stood out in the past year.
“The Business Magazine is delighted to be running these awards and to bring you all together – developers, agents, planners, builders, consultants, property lawyers, dealmakers – for this special night that is in itself a testament to the vibrancy of the South Coast property market.
“One has only got to look at the development plans for cities such as Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth – to look at all the exciting projects underway – to know that there are some very positive things happening in property within this region.
“We all know that there are uncertainties ahead. The Brexit vote has led to the freezing of three UK property funds, and there’s a nervousness about the commercial property sector – particularly with investors. However, tonight is all about success – and it’s going to be great to put all this instability out of our minds and focus on the positives in both the commercial and residential markets.”
Murray acknowledged that these Awards would not have got past the planning stage without the support of its sponsors: Barton Willmore, Blake Morgan, Coffin Mew, CoStar, Dutton Gregory, JLL, Lester Aldridge, McCarthy & Stone, NatWest, Smith & Williamson, and Vail Williams.
“I would also like to especially thank the Southampton, Bournemouth and Portsmouth Property Associations for embracing these awards and ensuring their members have participated,” he added.
There was also a special mention to commercial property data provider CoStar for assisting the judging process by canvassing agents and promoting the event.
Guest presenter was mysteriously introduced as a local man with strong links to the area, a Southampton FC fan born in Havant, and something of a racing certainty as a former F1 and Le Mans driver. Now a motoring journalist, and television presenter, he came to the stage as Tiff Needell.
A generous £3607.60 was raised for the event’s chosen charity, The Rainbow Centre, which helps children and adults with cerebral palsy, MS, Parkinsons, stroke and head injury to lead more active independent and full lives.
The winners were:
Business Park of the Year – sponsored by The Business Magazine
Winner: University of Southampton Science Park
Other finalist: Lakeside North Harbour, Portsmouth
Workplace Environment of the Year – sponsored by JLL
Winner: The White Building, Southampton
Other finalists: University of Southampton Science Park;
Lakeside North Harbour, Portsmouth
Industrial & Logistics Property Consultant of the Year – sponsored by CoStar Group UK
Winner: Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH)
Other finalists: JLL; Myddelton & Major; Vail Williams
Commercial Property Consultancy of the Year – sponsored by CoStar Group UK
Winner: Hughes Ellard
Other finalists: CBRE; Goadsby; LSH
Town/City of the Year – sponsored by Barton Willmore
Other finalists: Bournemouth; Portsmouth
Housebuilder of the Year – sponsored by NatWest
Winner: Inland Homes
Other finalists: Bargate Homes; McCarthy & Stone; Pennyfarthing Homes
Corporate Real Estate Executive or Team of the Year – sponsored by The Business Magazine
Winner: Lance Anelay of Santander Bank
Development of the Year – sponsored by Lester Aldridge
Winner: The White Building, Southampton
Other finalists: Kites Croft, Segensworth; Meridian Waterside, Southampton
Commercial Property Consultancy: Client Service – sponsored by South Coast Property Spotlight
Other finalists: Paul Basham Associates; Vail Williams
Property Deal of the Year – sponsored by Coffin Mew
Winner: Marchwood Industrial Estate, Southampton
Other finalists: Dunsbury Way, Havant; Royal London Park, Hedge End
Fast-Rising Property Business of the Year – sponsored by Smith & Williamson
Winner: MC Plan & Site Services
Other finalists: Mildren Homes; The Mortgage Hut
Property Law Firm of the Year – sponsored by Vail Williams
Winner: Blake Morgan
Other finalists: Coffin Mew; Lester Aldridge; Moore Blatch; Shoosmiths
Regeneration Project of the Year – sponsored by Blake Morgan
Winner: Carters Quay, Poole
Other finalists: Cromwell Road, Bournemouth; The Dormy, Ferndown
Outstanding Contribution of the Year – sponsored by McCarthy & Stone
Winner: Graham Holland, head of office, LSH
Other finalists: Michael Green, Lead Director, JLL;
Nigel Walters, managing director, Troika Developments