Saturday 7 December 2019

Big salute to excellence at KPMG/Irish Independent property awards night

Judges were impressed with tenant-led approaches to housing regeneration

Overall winners: Dublin City Council picked up the big gong — and Dublin football senior manager Jim Gavin presented the honours to Ali Grehan and the team at Dublin City Council. From left, Stefan Lowe, Damien Walsh, Jim Gavin, Ali Grehan, Nigel Tighe, Tracey Byrne, Patrick Stanley, and Michael McCormack
Overall winners: Dublin City Council picked up the big gong — and Dublin football senior manager Jim Gavin presented the honours to Ali Grehan and the team at Dublin City Council. From left, Stefan Lowe, Damien Walsh, Jim Gavin, Ali Grehan, Nigel Tighe, Tracey Byrne, Patrick Stanley, and Michael McCormack
Design project of the year: This coveted award was won by Carr Cotter Naessens and Denis Byrne Architects. The award was presented by Ger Harvey of the OPW to Louise Cotter and David Conway (centre)
Community benefit local projects: Carmel Logan, Partner at KPMG, presented the award to McCabe Architects. From left, Anita McDermott, Nadine McCabe, Carmel Logan, and Declan McCabe
Energy efficient project of the year: The Rediscovery Centre won this category and there to receive the award presented by Pinergy CEO Enda Gunnell were, from left, Sarah Miller and Laura Niessen
Property investment / fund manager: From left, Michael Cosgrave, director of the Cosgrave Group, presented the award to Martin O’Reilly, Brendan O’Regan, and Sarah Coyle of Irish Life Investment Managers
Facilities management award: From left, the winners were BAM, and to accept the award presented by Johanna Gill, President SCSI, were Grainne De Mordha and Tom Vaughan
Excellence in planning (public): Monaghan Co Council won and (from left) Maire Cullinan, Paul Connolly, and Clr Pat Treanor were presented with their award by Michelle Connolly of KPMG
Regional excellence award: This honour was shared by McCabe Architects and Liberty Blue, and Pat Davitt, the president of the IPAV, presented the award. From left, Anita McDermott, Nadine McCabe, and Declan McCabe of McCabe Architects; Pat Davitt of IPAV; and Regina Mangan, Maria Clifford, Nora O’Byrne, Laura Fleming, and Paula Ronan of Liberty Blue Estate Agents
Prop tech innovation: Jonathan Fenn and Gillian Earley of BidX1 picked up this award, presented by Paul Muldoon (centre) of Independent News & Media
Commercial agency of the year: From left, John Moran of JLL real estate advisors is presented with the award by Richard Joyce MD of Linesight
Contractor of the year: Sean Twomey, Partner with EFC, presented the award to John Paul Construction. From left, Paraic Keogh, Liam Kenny, Sean Twomey, and Eamon Booth
Excellence in planning (private): From left, Daibhi MacDomhnaill, Stephen Regan, Emma Flanagan, Aidan McLernon and John Grace of Cairn Homes were presented with the award by Jim Clery of KPMG (centre)

A social housing regeneration project was the overall winner of the 2019 KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards which was presented last Thursday night at an event in the Dublin Convention Centre attended by 1,000 people across the industry. Category awards were also presented for 11 projects selected from 160 entries.

The overall winner came as a surprise at a time when so much emphasis has been focused on private property development on greenfield sites. Ali Grehan, city architect with Dublin City Council, collected the award for the council's Dolphin House Regeneration project which is regenerating a 1950s residential complex that had been designated for demolition and redevelopment.

She said afterwards that it was "all about working with the existing community which was living in the estate while these buildings were going up and who had huge expectations about what their homes would be. It was great to meet their expectations and also to build to an astonishingly high standard because the homes are incredibly sustainable. They're near zero energy homes. By the time we finish the Dolphin development, it will be 600 new homes," she added.

The judges were also highly impressed with the community-based, tenant-led approaches to housing regeneration, ownership and management. In the first phase, 100 homes have been completed at a cost of €26m.

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The guest of honour at the awards, now in its fifth year, was Jim Gavin, manager of Dublin's All-Ireland winning football team. Congratulating the winners across all categories, he said that they will recognise that "if you look after the small things, the big things will look after themselves".

When asked about his recipe for the Dublin team's success, he said: "We have a high standard of performance that we always strive for and that's what drives us on. I always say to players at the start of the season we need to burn our trophies. Past success does not guarantee that you will win the competition again… There's always something to improve upon."

Jim Clery, head of real estate at KPMG, said: "The standard of applications for this year's awards demonstrate the continued progress of the industry, especially in the areas of innovation and technology, and I'd like to thank participants for taking the time to share their business developments and achievements over the past year... The industry needs to stand up for itself and ensure that it's recognised that it provides the grease that keeps the wheels of the economy moving."

Paul Muldoon, of INM, thanked the sponsors of the award, KPMG, PINERGY and Eugene F Collins Solicitors for their continued support. He also highlighted the role that patrons Hibernia REIT, Irish Life, Cosgrave Developments and Linesight played in the development of an educational aspect to the event - funding a doctorate in Property Research at Technological University Dublin (TUD). Dr Lorcan Sirr, of TUD, told the audience that the €90,000 funding would see a doctorate that will examine what makes a functional housing system.

Cairn, the housing developer, won the Excellence in Planning Award for private sector development at its Oak Park development in Naas, Co Kildare.

This was the second time that it has won this award and planning manager Aidan McLernon attributed its success to designs which were aimed not just at securing planning permission but at building communities.

And the winners are...


Winner: Dublin City Council for Dolphin House Regeneration

COMMUNITY BENEFIT (local projects up to €1m)

Winner McCabe Architects for Rathmullan Pier


Winner: BAM Facilities Management Ireland Ltd for Schools PPP Programme — Bundle Four


Winner: Carr Cotter Naessens/ Denis Byrne Architects for Gardens International


Winner: JLL


Winner: Monaghan Co Council for Clones Renewal Scheme


Joint winners: McCabe Architects & Liberty Blue Estate Agents


Winner: John Paul Construction


Winner: The Rediscovery Centre for Ballymun Boiler House


Winner: BIDX1


Winner: Cairn for Oak Park Naas


Winner: Irish Life Investment Managers (ILIM) for IRISH LIFE Property - Investing for Better Futures

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