Friday 20 September 2019

The Oscars of the property industry fuel the drive to build new Ireland

KPMG/Irish Independent Awards rewards professional excellence in the sector

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Judy Maguire

iRELAND'S property industry is comprised of many professional sectors, each with its own annual awards programme.

The KPMG/Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards is the only all-encompassing national awards programme that recognises excellence across every sector.

They are open to everyone working within the property sector and are judged by representatives of all professional bodies, including CIF, SCSI, IPI, RIAI and IPAV amongst others.

Now, in its fifth year the awards highlight, reward and celebrate excellence in the domestic property industry.

Entrants and past winners have included surveyors and project managers, planners, engineers and architects, developers and contractors, building product manufacturers and providers, property agencies, financial institutions and investment managers, government authorities, health and educational providers, community, heritage and facility management companies.

New, emerging businesses are invited to participate including those providing technology based solutions (PropTech) to enable greater efficiencies.

Annually, the awards night sees 1,000 professionals convene at what is the largest gathering in Ireland of such a cross-fertilisation of industry participants, to celebrate what is now known as the Oscars of the Irish property industry.

Award winners set the benchmark for professionalism and showcase the very best industry stakeholders have to offer.

Core to the success of this all-Ireland awards programme is the integrity of the judging process and its commercial structure, which has ensured the awards receive both the support and endorsement of the entire Irish property sector.

No award winner is permitted to sponsor any of the awards categories. The industry as a whole has embraced the proposition that any profit raised by the awards programme be reinvested through the establishment of Ireland's first Doctorate in Property Research.

Key findings of the current doctorate, 'Good Practice for Conflict of Interest Management in the Commercial Real Estate Process: The Irish Experience' by PhD student Lorna Colley are due to be released in September 2019.

The second to commence is titled 'Developing a functional and sustainable housing system, a multi-perspective approach', the thrust of which will be to capture the major elements of what Ireland's housing system should do and for whom. It will look at both supply and use-side theories on functionality and long-term sustainability and also assess international case studies and their application(s). The inevitable value of bodies of study such as these doctorates is pre-eminent in paving the way towards building Ireland for the next generation.

The 2019 KPMG/Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards seek to recognise the individuals, businesses, products and services that are driving innovation, embracing technology and contributing activities that are shaping the future of the Irish property industry.

The 10 award categories

1. Community Benefit Award

2. Regional Excellence Award

3. Design Project of The Year

4. Commercial Agency Award

5. Property Investment Fund Manager Award

6. PropTech Innovation Award

7. Excellence in Planning Award for both private and public sectors

8. Contractor Award

9. Energy Efficiency Award

10. Facilities Management Project Award

The 2019 awards ceremony takes place on November 28 at The Convention Centre, Dublin. For full award details and dates, please see

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