Thursday 13 December 2018

Entries sought for KPMG Irish Independent awards

Pinergy CEO Enda Gunnell; Sean Twomey, Partner and Head of Property & Construction at Eugene F Collins; Jim Clery, Tax Partner and Head of Real Estate at KPMG; Paul Muldoon of INM; President of the DIT Professor Brian Norton
Pinergy CEO Enda Gunnell; Sean Twomey, Partner and Head of Property & Construction at Eugene F Collins; Jim Clery, Tax Partner and Head of Real Estate at KPMG; Paul Muldoon of INM; President of the DIT Professor Brian Norton
Rugby legend Paul O’Connell presented the 2017 Emerging Talent Award jointly to Joe McGinley, Iconic Offices and Roisin Lafferty, Kingston Lafferty Design
Ronald Quinlan

Ronald Quinlan

As it enters into its fourth year, the KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards is acknowledged as the beacon for excellence in the Irish property sector. If you believe your work meets, or even surpasses, the high standards set by winners in previous years, then you must be sure to enter in 2018.

This year the competition will be contested across 11 categories, following the introduction of a Facilities Management Project award, which recognises an individual or team whose project demonstrates substantial innovation and positive effect on an organisation.

Other awards will look to recognise those who have excelled in the five areas of Community Benefit, Regional Excellence, Design Project, Excellence in Planning, and Energy Efficiency. The remaining five categories will acknowledge the year's best Commercial Agency, Residential Agency, Property Investment Fund Manager, Contractor and Emerging Talent respectively.

The awards are endorsed by all relevant professional institutes, representative bodies and State agencies, namely Engineers Ireland, the Irish Planning Institute, RIAI, Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), CIF, IPAV, IDA Ireland, DIT, OPW, Enterprise Ireland, and the IDA.

The judging panel comprises 15 leading experts drawn from across the property industry, State agencies and professional bodies.

Key to the success of the KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards is the integrity of both its judging process and its commercial structure. No award recipient is permitted to sponsor any of the awards categories, while any profit raised by the awards programme is reinvested into the property industry through the first ever Doctorate in Property Research, which was established in conjunction with the DIT.

Speaking at the launch of the 2018 awards yesterday, Jim Clery, Tax Partner and Head of Real Estate at KPMG said: "KPMG is delighted to continue to support these awards and with the continuing involvement of all of our key stakeholders, including the various judging bodies, Pinergy, Eugene F Collins Solicitors and DIT.

"Real estate remains a vital part of Ireland's business infrastructure and recognising excellence plays a key role in promoting the value of the sector to our economy.

"We are moving to a new environment where, while the commercial sector looks to be in equilibrium, skills shortages and housing shortages are to the fore. We will be particularly interested to look at initiatives in these areas as we showcase the best examples of Irish success in the various awards categories."

Enda Gunnell, CEO of Pinergy, added: "We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Property Industry Excellence Awards.

"The last three years have served to cement in our calendars the acknowledgement of excellence that is evident in many aspects of the property industry. The industry is multi-faceted; its players are regional, national and international - both emerging and established.

"The common characteristic of each of the winners is excellence as acknowledged by peers and leaders in the industry. A forum such as the awards that seeks high standards and rewards improvement and innovation, deserves support and we in Pinergy are delighted to support such a worthy initiative and look forward to doing so for many years to come."

Sean Twomey, Partner, Head of Property & Construction at Eugene F Collins said the awards were "now a key fixture in recognising the importance and excellence of all stakeholders in the property and construction industry".

Commenting on the evolution of the competition since its establishment, Mr Twomey said: "Over the last three years we have seen many outstanding entries which showcases the quality and excellence of this important industry.

"Each year the standard of entries gets higher and higher. We have no doubt that we will see a higher standard of entries again this year. We feel that awards such as these should be supported as they reward high standards, innovation and excellence."

The awards ceremony and dinner, which attracts over 800 industry stakeholders annually, takes place on November 8 this year at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin's Docklands.

The competition is open for entries from tomorrow at www.propertyexcellenceawards.com.

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