Friday 19 October 2018

2018's property awards open for entries

Henry J Lyons, winners of last year’s Design Project of the Year Award for the Central
Bank of Ireland Project
Henry J Lyons, winners of last year’s Design Project of the Year Award for the Central Bank of Ireland Project
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 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.

Jim Clery, KPMG
Jim Clery, KPMG

This year it 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.

Irish Rugby Legend Paul O'Connell is pictured as he presented the Emerging Talent Award jointly to Joe McGinley, Iconic Offices, left, and Roisin Lafferty, Kingston Lafferty Design
Irish Rugby Legend Paul O'Connell is pictured as he presented the Emerging Talent Award jointly to Joe McGinley, Iconic Offices, left, and Roisin Lafferty, Kingston Lafferty Design

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

Key to the success of the awards is the integrity of both its judging process and its commercial structure.

No award recipient is permitted to sponsor any of the categories, while any profit raised by the awards programme is reinvested into the industry through the first ever Doctorate in Property Research, which was established in conjunction with the DIT.

Speaking at the launch of this year's awards last Wednesday, 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," Mr Clery said. "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."

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

The competition is now open for entries at www.propertyexcellenceawards.com.

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