2020 Categories

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New for 2020 

We are excited to share that we have added two NEW categories for 2020; the Eco Initiative of the Year award and the Legal/Professional Team of the Year award.

To reflect our changing industry, we have also updated two categories:

  • Landlord of the Year (Social and Private)
  • Sales Agency of the Year (UK and International)

*NEW* Eco Initiative of the Year (Building or Project)

In the past year, climate change has rocketed to the top of the agenda, fuelled by teenage activist Greta Thunberg, the activities of the Extinction Rebellion and the UK government’s target to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 – one of the most ambitious carbon targets in the world. The property industry is one of the biggest parts of the problem as a result of its carbon emissions, but that makes it potentially one of the most important parts of the solution. This year, for the first time, we want to celebrate the ground-breaking work the residential sector is doing to tackle the climate crisis and improve the sector’s environmental credentials. This new for 2020 award is aimed at companies and individuals working in the residential sector that have completed or committed to a transformative environment-focused scheme, strategy or initiative in the past 12 months.

You may have implemented a strategy to reduce your portfolio’s carbon to net zero or developed an exemplary environmentally friendly building or scheme. Perhaps you have improved the eco credentials or well-being of people in an existing building or scheme by embracing biophilic design, reducing carbon dioxide levels, reducing energy use or eradicating wasteful practices. Or maybe you have introduced an eco-initiative aimed at engaging or helping people in your organisation, another organisation or a community you are involved in.

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We are not looking for the biggest projects, we are looking for the best. So if you have done something that has truly raised the bar, we want to hear from you. In your submission, you will need to demonstrate some or all of the following:

  • The scheme, initiative or strategy is environment, sustainability or climate focused
  • It is transformative/ground-breaking/precedent setting
  • It is innovative/disruptive It has scale and ambition
  • It is challenging/complex
  • It has a demonstrable and measurable impact
  • It has achieved top ratings in known accreditation schemes such as BREEAM or the WELL Building Standard

*NEW* Legal/Professional Team of the Year

This category is aimed at specialist property consultants (or departments of larger agency firms) that provide one or more of the following: valuation, rating, rent review and property/land and estate management. It is also open to building surveyors, firms that provide planning/development or environmental advice and practices that are strong in arbitration, claims, expert witness or legal services. It is not open to facilities management companies or other property advisers.

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  • Details of why 2019 was such a strong year for your professional agency and how much business has grown
  • An indication of the range of professional work you do and specialist areas you have developed – and how these have changed over the past year
  • An indication of the resources/staff numbers you have in your team and what you have done to optimise or increase these in the past year
  • Details of key instructions/commissions you have won in the past year and why they were so significant
  • Evidence of business development or staff/training initiatives
  • Key financials
  • Evidence of strong client focus and positive client feedback – for instance via testimonials
  • A summary of why you feel you deserve to win this award

Asset Manager of the Year

This award is for the company deemed to have managed its residential assets best. It is open to firms with large property portfolios (freehold or leasehold) in the UK, working independently or alongside a residential property management team. Are you a property owner or manager, investor, developer or housing association that has excelled in this area? We want to hear from you. You need to show in no more than 750 words what your organisation has accomplished in the past year (i.e. in the calendar year of 2019).

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The judges will be looking for evidence of some or all of the following:

  • Outstanding achievement in the past year
  • A particularly innovative approach to asset management
  • Active physical management through refurbishment or redevelopment, for instance
  • Strong client focus as manifested in a proactive approach to tenant relations and low tenant turnover
  • Bold investments or well-timed sales
  • Challenges faced and overcome
  • A strong financial performance
  • A summary of no more than 750 words of why you believe you should win this award

Deal of the Year

Which developer, agent, investor or funder pulled off the best residential property deal of 2019 in the UK? The emphasis here is on best, not biggest – and corporate deals as well as investment, development and lettings deals are eligible. What we’re looking for is a deal that really stood out from the crowd for some reason. Maybe it was the first of its kind in the sector. Maybe it was the most innovative or audacious. Or maybe it reaped surprisingly strong financial rewards. To be eligible, the deal must have been completed between 1 December 2018 and 1 December 2019. You need to show in no more than 750 words why this deal was the best of the year.

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The judges will be looking for evidence of some or all of the following:

  • Innovation, vision and boldness
  • A strong financial performance
  • Complexity
  • Strong competition
  • Challenges faced and overcome
  • Commitment to sustainability, placemaking and regeneration
  • A summary in no more than 750 words of why you believe you should win the award

Development of the Year

This award is for schemes or developments that have been completed or substantially developed in 2019. Do you know of a scheme with innovative features that give it the edge over competitors? Can you show how this has translated into exceptional financial performance? If so, then let us know. Perhaps your scheme shows your commitment to a top-quality design and innovative approaches to marketing. Or maybe it shows your commitment to green energy and regeneration. Whichever part of the residential sector you operate in, the judges want to know in 750 words or less what sets your scheme apart.

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The judges will be looking for evidence of some or all of the following:

  • Innovation, vision and boldness
  • Outstanding design features and a high-quality finish
  • A strong financial performance
  • Exceptional sales
  • Challenges faced and overcome
  • Commitment to sustainability, placemaking and regeneration
  • Client focus and strong understanding of tenant requirements
  • Flagship scheme that significantly contributes to the wider area
  • A summary in 750 words or less of why you believe your scheme should win the award

Landlord of the Year (Private and Social)

This category is open to all landlords with privately-owned property or registered social-owned property - so we expect competition to be fierce.

To stand out you will need to demonstrate how your approach to property management has driven impressive tenant retention rates and strong financial performance. Can you point to a flagship development, a stunning deal or significant growth? Let us know. You need to show in no more than 750 words what your organisation has accomplished in the past year (i.e. in the calendar year of 2019).

This award is open to all landlords with registered social-owned property, providing housing across the spectrum from social, affordable and private rent, shares ownership and private sale to homes for students, older and vulnerable residents and housing associations. We want to know any deals or flagship developments in 2018 that set you apart from the rest of the market. Can you demonstrate that kind of exceptional performance? If you have excelled then we want to hear from you. 

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The judges will want to see evidence of some or all of the following:

  • Innovation, vision and boldness
  • Information about your portfolio in London or UK wide, and growth in 2019
  • Details of your company strategy during the year, including any joint ventures
  • High-profile deals and developments in 2019
  • A strong financial performance
  • Challenges faced and overcome
  • Ideas and innovations that set you apart from the crowd
  • Significant development, property management and investment activity
  • Involvement in any special schemes with tenants or housing associations
  • A summary in 750 words or less of why you believe you should win the award

Large Developer of the Year (Over 1000 units)

We’re looking for a developer that has really moved the dial in the past year. Have you developed a landmark scheme, significantly increased your development pipeline or pioneered new techniques, management systems or forms of funding? Have you been at the forefront of a scheme to regenerate an area? Have you developed and sold a large number of units? Then we want to hear from you. You need to show in no more than 750 words what your organisation has accomplished in the past year (i.e. in the calendar year of 2019).


*Please note to be eligible for the Large Developer of the Year award you must have created more than 1000 units in the past year.

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The judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Outstanding achievement in the past year
  • Innovation, vision and boldness
  • Significant development activity and unit sales
  • Complexity
  • Challenges faced and overcome
  • A strong financial performance
  • Commitment to sustainability, placemaking and regeneration
  • Client focus and strong understanding of tenant requirements
  • A summary in no more than 750 words of why you believe you should win the award

Letting Agency of the Year

We are looking to recognise top-notch agencies that can demonstrate an outstanding lettings record in 2018, while offering unrivalled consultancy services and helping to give the sector a good name. So what makes your organisation stand out from the crowd? We want hard data, but our judges are also interested in the consultancy, market knowledge and other specialist elements of your firm. You need to show in no more than 750 words what your organisation has accomplished in the past year (i.e. in the calendar year of 2019).

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The judges will be looking for evidence of some or all of the following:

  • Innovation, vision and boldness
  • Your lettings record over the last year
  • First-rate consultancy acumen
  • A strong financial performance
  • Challenges faced and overcome
  • A good reputation with clients and tenants
  • Client focus and strong understanding of tenant requirements
  • Landmark deals, developments and consultancy commissions you have secured
  • A summary in 750 words or less of why you believe you should win the award

Newcomer of the Year

Have you set up in the last three years? Are you experienced in residential development, ownership, rental management or property search? If so, we want to hear why you should be named newcomer of the year. Our winner will be able to point to landmark deals, major growth, financial innovation or something else that helps them stand out in a crowded marketplace. Perhaps you can point to times when you have gone beyond the call of duty for clients; or kick started the regeneration of an unloved area. We want to hear in no more than 750 words what your organisation has accomplished.

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The judges will be looking for evidence of some or all of the following:

  • Innovation, vision and boldness
  • Landmark deals or schemes
  • Significant development activity and unit sales
  • Challenges faced and overcome
  • A strong financial performance, including evidence of growth
  • Backing from high-profile businesses and individuals
  • Commitment to sustainability, placemaking and regeneration
  • Client focus and strong understanding of tenant requirements
  • A summary in no more than 750 words of why you believe you should win the award

Property Manager of the Year

This award is for organisations that have developed effective property management strategies and customer service initiatives that benefit both tenants and landlords. Have you taken an innovative approach that has delivered strong financial returns to clients or helped tenants? Can you show a strong record in financial management, asset management and an understanding of the demands of this changing industry? Have you pioneered initiatives to help clients go green? Let us know. You need to show in no more than 750 words what your organisation has accomplished in the past year (i.e. in the calendar year of 2019).

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The judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Innovation, vision and boldness
  • First-rate consultancy acumen
  • A strong financial performance
  • Challenges faced and overcome
  • Strong client focus as manifested in a proactive approach to tenant relations and low tenant turnover
  • Your approach to introducing customer service initiatives
  • Landmark deals, innovations and consultancy commissions you have secured
  • Active physical management through refurbishment or redevelopment, for instance
  • A summary in 750 words or less of why you believe you should win the award

PRS Deal of the Year

Who pulled off the best deal in the PRS sector in the UK in 2019? The emphasis here is on best, not biggest — and investment, development and lettings deals all qualify. We’re looking for a deal that really stood out from the crowd in this emerging part of the sector. Maybe it was the first of its kind in the PRS sector. Maybe it was the most innovative or audacious. Or maybe it reaped surprisingly strong financial rewards. To be eligible, the deal must have been completed between 1 December 2018 and 1 December 2019. You need to show in no more than 750 words why this was the best PRS deal of the year.

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The judges will be looking for evidence of some or all of the following:

  • Innovation, vision and boldness
  • A strong financial performance
  • Complexity
  • Strong competition
  • Challenges faced and overcome
  • Commitment to sustainability, placemaking and regeneration
  • A summary in no more than 750 words of why you believe you should win the award

Residential Consultancy Practice of the Year

This category isn’t just about transactions – it’s about the quality of the consultancy advice practices offer clients. Whether you’re a one-man band or a large group, shortlisted candidates need to display unparalleled market knowledge and a strong track record of delivering first rate consultancy services both in the area of sales and/or development land. Is your company the cream of the crop when it comes to offering advice on affordable housing projects and section 106 agreements? Are you instrumental in making projects happen?

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The judges will be looking for evidence of some or all of the following:

  • New ideas or innovations introduced over the last 12 months
  • First rate consultancy acumen
  • Strong client focus
  • Challenges faced and overcome
  • Landmark deals or consultancy commissions secured
  • Unrivalled market knowledge
  • Strong financial performance
  • A summary of no more than 750 words of why you believe you should win this award

Residential Financier of the Year

This award is for the company deemed to have carried out the best residential finance deals of 2019. We will be rewarding the banks, investment houses and other property finance specialists who fund the key players in the UK residential property market (national house builders, institutional and residential landlords, developers and student accommodation providers). Can you show how your understanding of the UK residential market enabled you to do deals that have driven your clients forward? Then let us know. You need to show in no more than 750 words what your organisation has accomplished in the past year, and we are looking for activity in the year to December 2019.

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The judges will want to see evidence of some or all of the following:

  • Financial innovation in your deals in 2019
  • Evidence of your top three deals of the year
  • A strong financial performance
  • Negotiating complexity
  • Challenges faced and overcome
  • Understanding of current market conditions
  • Details of your company strategy during the year
  • Strong understanding of client requirements, including a client statement if possible
  • A summary in 750 words or less of why you believe you should win the award

Retirement Living Operator of the Year

This category acknowledges the achievements of companies in the burgeoning retirement living sector. Modern day retirement living operators are creating schemes that are of such a high spec that they rival the finish offered by some boutique hotel group operators. As well as creating schemes that are aesthetically pleasing, they’re also implementing intelligent design principles to make accommodation that’s more adaptable and flexible to meet the growing needs of people as they age. Does your company meet these criteria?

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The judges will be looking for evidence of some or all of the following:

  • Innovation, vision and boldness
  • Why you stand out in a crowded sector
  • Strong understanding of client requirements
  • Challenges faced and overcome
  • Strong competition
  • Intelligent design to meet the needs of the nation’s aging population
  • Strong financial performance
  • A summary of no more than 750 words of why you believe you should win this award

Residential Property Personality of the Year

The winner will be announced on the night, and will be chosen by an anonymous ballot of all the judges who take part in the category judging.

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Sales Agency of the Year

Are you a UK or International sales agency? Has your team completely sold out a development? Do you offer clients unrivalled strategic and marketing support? Is your team the ‘go to’ agency for new UK instructions? We’re not just looking for agencies that have churned out impressive deal volumes here. In addition to hard and fast sales data, we also want to recognise those agencies that have put in place innovative ideas and marketing plans for their clients and in doing so have delivered the best value.

Has your team generated significant international sales into the UK in 2018 whilst also offering unrivalled consultancy services and market reach? We’re not just looking for agencies that have churned out impressive deal volumes here. In addition to hard and fast sales data, we also want to recognise those agencies that have put in place innovative ideas and marketing plans for their clients and in doing so have delivered the best value.

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The judges will be looking for evidence of some or all of the following:

  • Key deals completed over the last 12 months
  • The introduction of fresh new marketing ideas
  • Strategic innovation, vision and boldness
  • Number of new instructions won
  • A strong financial performance
  • Challenges faced and overcome
  • Delivery of best value results
  • A summary of no more than 750 words of why you believe you should win this award

Small Developer of the Year (fewer than 1000 units)

Size isn’t everything, and we’re looking for a developer who proved that this is the case over the last year. We want to hear from you if you know a niche or up-and-coming developer that has punched above its weight with a flagship scheme; can show significant growth in its pipeline; or has pioneered systems and approaches that bigger rivals cannot match. Maybe you have developed a small scheme that has kick started the wider regeneration of an unloved area? Whatever your successes, we want to hear in no more than 750 words what your organisation has accomplished in the past year (i.e. in the calendar year of 2019).


*Please note to be eligible for small developer you must have created fewer than 1000 units in the past year.

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Judges will be looking for evidence of the the following:

  • Innovation, vision and boldness
  • Significant development activity and unit sales
  • Challenges faced and overcome
  • A strong financial performance
  • Why you stand out in a crowded sector
  • Commitment to sustainability, placemaking and regeneration
  • Client focus and strong understanding of tenant requirements
  • A summary in no more than 750 words of why you believe you should win the award

Student Accommodation Operator of the Year

Do you stand out in the UK’s crowded student accommodation sector? We are looking for a firm that has really moved the dial in the last year. Have you made major investments in the sector, or seen major growth in your portfolio? Maybe you launched technological innovations in your properties? Or perhaps you are offering a standard of accommodation that beats the rest? Let us know.

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Judges want to see evidence of the following: 

  • Ideas of innovations that set you apart from the crowd
  • A strong financial performance
  • The number of assets you manage and the growth in your portfolio
  • Significant development, property management and investment activity
  • Strong understanding of client requirements, including a client statement if possible
  • Challenges faced and overcome
  • Accreditation by ANUK
  • Details of your companies strategy during the year

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