Awards Categories

1. Community Benefit Project of the Year

This year the Community Benefit Project will be awarded to a project that has had a positive impact in a local neighbourhood and has delivered positive benefits to that community.

The community benefit category will accept nominations and be judged separately under two areas of investment:

  1. Civic Projects & Initiatives in excess of €1Million investment
  2. Local projects up to €1Million investment

Projects that involve the community reusing, refurbishing, or preserving historic buildings, building new sites or designing public realm schemes will be considered for nomination.

Community Benefit Project of the YearWhat the Judges are looking for:

  • Links to local initiatives and community use
  • Design and quality of construction
  • Visual impact and contribution to landscape
  • Level of community involvement
  • Future development potential and prospects
  • How has this initiative or project directly benefited individuals, families, businesses in the community?

2. Design Project of the Year

This award will recognise excellence in Irish architecture for a project at home or abroad that has been completed in the period January 2018 – December 2018. The award will be presented to the architect or architectural practice responsible for the project.

Design Project of the YearThe Judges are looking for projects that:

  • Demonstrate architectural excellence
  • Delivered on Client’s ambition and brief requirements
  • Have a positive impact and contribution to the local area
  • Demonstrate innovation in design, delivery and/or use of materials
  • Demonstrate inclusion of sustainability under the headings of environmental, social and economic quality in the design and include any independent verification or recognised criteria

3. Energy Efficiency Project of the Year

This award will recognise the project that demonstrates an ambition to not only meet the highest standards of energy efficiency and/or marked improvement in energy efficiency of a building project but is seeking to set standards of energy conservation and sustainability as a differentiator in positioning the building / project. The award is open to either a new build or specialist retrofit project.

What the Judges are looking for:

  • A demonstrable focus on maximizing energy efficiency in a property project
  • Evidence of a material reduction in energy consumption, waste and cost
  • Detail to demonstrate how this project plays it’s part in creating a sustainable energy future for the community
  • Contribution to the energy efficiency of the Property industry and setting new standards of energy usage norms
  • Innovation and thought leadership in the area of energy efficiency
  • Level of energy savings anticipated for the project

4. Commercial Agency of the Year

This category is aimed at commercial agencies – large or small – that provide leasing, sales, funding, site acquisition and investment sales (ie. pre-let sales) advice to the commercial property sector.

Commercial Agency of the YearWhat the Judges are looking for:

  • What you have done to move the dial in the commercial sector in the past year
  • Details of key deals you have done and why they were so significant
  • Evidence of a tangible improvement in performance in the past year
  • Details of any new initiatives or changes in strategy with a specific focus on technology and the customer experience
  • Evidence of business development or staff/training initiatives
  • Evidence of strong client focus and positive client feedback – for instance via testimonial
  • A summary of why you feel you deserve to win this award

5. Property Investment/Fund Manager of the Year

This category aims to reward a fund manager, life assurance company, private property company or related firms that has delivered outstanding returns to investors and increases in assets under management

Property Investment/Fund Manager of the YearWhat the Judges are looking for:

  • Examples of specific achievements/landmark deals in the last 3 years
  • Evidence of a strong financial performance and return on investment for clients
  • Investment performance
  • An indication of an effective approach to risk and reward
  • Evidence of strong client focus – via testimonials preferably
  • Details of new strategies or innovations introduced specifically in the past 2 years
  • Details of any new initiatives or changes in strategy with a specific focus on technology
  • Details of any landmark deals, innovations or capital raised

6. Irish Real Estate PropTech Innovation Award

This category has been included in the 2019 awards programme to recognise the rapidly changing world of real estate. The award will recognise the individual, business, product or service that has driven innovation, embraced technology and whose activities are shaping the future of Irish real estate. This category will be open to any individual or company across the entire real estate sector who has demonstrated innovation through the use of technology.

What the Judges are looking for:

  • Clear evidence that you, your business, product or service has significantly enhanced the client experience through the use of technology & innovation .
  • How you, your business, product or service has driven change resulting in significant improvement to the real estate sector
  • How the use of technology has created efficiency in your business, product or service.

7. Excellence in Planning Awards

This year the Excellence planning category will award separately submissions from the public and private sectors. The award will recognise a plan or project that, shows the role of planning in delivery or though engagement with the planning process and incorporation of planning policy, demonstrates significant social, economic, environmental or cultural benefits.

Examples may include: housing; economic development; heritage/conservation; public realm and private investments that improve quality of life or provide employment and/or services in an area/region or utilise of best community engagement, urban design or planning practices or deliver economic growth in a sustainable way by means of planning work.

Innovation in Economic Planning AwardEntries can be submitted by the planner, architect, planning authority, developer, or client.

What the Judges are looking for:

  • Professional planning input/work
  • Evidence that entries have improved or are likely to improve the physical or environmental quality of a place or the economic or social well-being of a community.
  • Long lasting and widespread impact
  • Delivery of enhanced value through planning

8. Regional Excellence Award

This award will recognise excellence achieved by a firm across the various professional disciplines in the Irish property sector.

Nominees MUST be practicing or based working outside of the greater Dublin Region

Infrastructure Project of the yearWhat the Judges are looking for:

  • Contribution to the property industry
  • Corporate social responsibility strategy
  • Details of any significant deals, innovations or consultancy commissions secured
  • Details of any innovations in technology or changes in strategy introduced in the past year
  • Evidence of business development and/or staff training initiatives
  • Evidence of strong client focus and positive client feedback via testimonials
  • A summary of why you feel you deserve to win this award

9. Contractor of the Year

This award will recognize the contractor who demonstrates the highest standards and achievements by an Irish firm.

Contractor of the YearWhat the Judges will be looking for:

  • Profile of construction portfolio
  • Innovation in the use of alternative materials and different construction techniques
  • Savings in terms of future operation and maintenance requirements, sustainability, BREEAM, etc.
  • Contract planning and closeout processes
  • Implementation of the Considerate Constructors Scheme
  • Quality Control
  • Corporate & Social responsibility

10. Facilities Management Project Award

This Award is presented to the facilities management team – in-house or agency – that has had a substantial, positive effect on the workplace environment of clients or an organisation. This work will have created value client or internal value through a more comprehensive picture of the built environment by demonstrating the strategic value of FM

Facilities Management AwardWhat are the Judges Looking for:

  • How have you changed the value your organisation or client gained from Facilities Management in the last year
  • Evidence of tangible improvements / impact on the workplace
  • Details of any new initiatives or changes in strategy with a specific focus on technology, innovation and impact
  • Evidence of business development or staff/training initiatives
  • Evidence of strong client focus and positive client feedback – for instance via testimonial
  • A summary of why you feel you deserve to win this award