Sunday 25 August 2019

KPMG Irish Independent Property awards night honours excellence

Irish rugby legend Paul O’Connell presents the Emerging Talent Award jointly to Joe McGinley, Iconic Offices, left, and Roisin Lafferty, Kingston Lafferty Design, at the 2017 KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards, held in the Convention Centre. Photo: Iain White Photography
Irish rugby legend Paul O’Connell presents the Emerging Talent Award jointly to Joe McGinley, Iconic Offices, left, and Roisin Lafferty, Kingston Lafferty Design, at the 2017 KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards, held in the Convention Centre. Photo: Iain White Photography
Gerard Carty and Shelley McNamara, Grafton Architects, Jim Clery, partner, head of Real Estate KPMG Ireland, who presented the award, Yvonne Farrell and Philippe O'Sullivan, Grafton Architects. Iain White Photography
Paul Muldoon, INM who presented the award, Philippe O'Sullivan, Shelley McNamara, Yvonne Farrell, and Gerard Carty, all Grafton Architects. Iain White Photography
Carole Pollard, President, RIAI is pictured fourth from left after presenting the award to Pat Kirwan, Niamh Joyce, David Owens, Colette Byrnes, Miriam Corcoran, and Steve Casey representing Henry J Lyons. Iain White Photography
Michelle Connolly, Partner, KPMG, pictured centre, presented the Excellence in Planning Award to Cairn PLC for the Marianella, Rathgar Project at the 2017 KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards, held in the Convention Centre. Pictured accepting teh award were Daibhi MacDomhanaill, Brian Hevarin, Emma Flanagan, James Donlon, Siobhan Holohan, Aidan McLernon, John Grace, Brian Yourell from Cairn PLC. Iain White Photography
Michael Cosgrave, Director Cosgrave Developments, pictured centre holding the statuette, presented Fergus Dowd, James Doyle, Kevin Ryan, Sarah Coyle, John Walsh, Deirdre Hayes, Brendan O'Regan, Colin Heggarty, Martin O'Reilly, all representing Irish Life Investment Managers. Iain White Photography
Richard Joyce, Managing Director Ireland, Linesight, left, is pictured as he presented the award to Mark Reynolds, Director of Development, Agency and Consultancy, Savills and Roland O'Connell, Chairman, Savills, right. Iain White Photography
Kevin Nowlan, Chief Executive Hibernia REIT (left) were Michael McDonnell and Damien Grehan representing Tobin Engineering. Iain White Photography
Paul O'Connell and Liana Canavan, INM. Iain White Photography
John Paul Construction have won the Contractor of the Year Award at the 2017 KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards, held in the Convention Centre. Eamon Booth, Managing Director John Paul Construction, right. Iain White Photography
Cosgrave Developments have won the Energy Effeciency Award for the Cualanor, Dun Laoghaire Project at the 2017 KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards, held in the Convention Centre, Enda Gunnell, Chief Executive Pinergy, left. Iain White Photography
Keith Anderson, Anderson Auctioneers is pictured, left, as he accepted the award from Pat Davitt, Chief Executive, IPAV. Iain White Photography
Sinead Ryan

Sinead Ryan

There is no doubt that the KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards, only in its third year, has already become a firm fixture in the end of year awards calendar.

The black tie gathering held in the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) on Thursday was attended by the great and good of building, construction and property sales, but there was also room made for the other side of property: homelessness.

A moving address from Michael Horgan, ceo of the Daisyhouse housing charity, showed all present that challenges still remain despite their 28 years helping women in crisis find accommodation.

He spoke of the particular issues with domestic violence, addiction and poverty that laid their problems bare and especially called for more landlords to engage with the HAP scheme and put out a hopeful request to the room to join the INM Pinergy Cycle challenge in 2018.

Tuxedos and sparkles rather than lycra were the order of the day, but a few brave souls might heed the request and get on their bikes.

Cairn Homes was a popular winner in the Excellence in Planning category for its impressive Marianella development in Rathgar. The former monastery is partly a listed building and the citation noted the empathetic way the layout was designed with this in mind, while also hitting the remit of providing top quality, modern housing.

Cosgrave Developments always seem to carry away gongs when it comes to their eco-first approach and this year was no different.

Michael Cosgrave stepped up to collect the Energy Efficiency award for the Cosgrave brothers' development at Cualanor, which boasts huge green spaces, woodland and walkways for residents.

It also features electric-car ports while cost neutral energy solutions are the norm.

Design Project of the Year went to Hentry J Lyons Architects for its work on the Central Bank's new headquarters at North Wall Quay.

The financial regulator's new office is now housed ironically in what was to have been the new headquarters of the now defunct Anglo Irish Bank.

Hooke & MacDonald picked up the coveted Residential Agency trophy, which is a fitting testament to their 50th year in business.

Grafton Architects took both the Overall Winner award and the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Property Industry. Founders and directors Shelley McNamara (developer Bernard's sister) and Yvonne Farrell stepped up with their colleagues to the stage to make a brief, but positively compelling, speech about how well Ireland is perceived abroad.

McNamara and Farrell have been chosen as curators for the prestigious Venice Biennale next year which they acknowledged as an honour. The lighter side of the evening was provided by Oliver Callan who brought much of what's left of the Cabinet with him: he welcomed the Taoiseach to "Dublin and the horsey bits of Kildare and Meath" and apologised for the fact that Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald was supposed to attend, "but she didn't read the email".

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe appointed himself 'ReadyBrex' for the UK's leaving of Europe while colleague Shane Ross, finding himself in unfamiliar territory north of the river in Dublin 1, claimed not to have realised the capital came "in odd numbers".

The full list of award winners :

Community Benefit: Tobin Engineering

Energy Efficiency: Cosgrave Developments

Excellence in Planning: Cairn PLC

Commercial Agency of the Year: Savills

Design Project of the Year: Henry J Lyons

Property Investment/Fund Manager: Irish Life Investment Managers

Residential Agency: Hooke and Macdonald

Regional Excellence: Anderson Auctioneers

Contractor: John Paul Construction

Emerging Talent: Joe McGinley, Iconic Offices and Roisin Lafferty, Kingston Lafferty Design

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry and Overall Winner 2017: Grafton Architects

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