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 €100,000 investment
  2. Local projects up to €100,000 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 architecture for either an Irish or international project that has been completed in the period January 2017 – December 2017. 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 requirements
  • Have a positive visual 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

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 moved the dial in the way it has provided return on real estate investment in the past 3 years. Has it targeted new areas of growth? Has it done something that makes it stand out from the crowd? Then we want to hear from you.

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 consultancy commissions secured

6. Residential Agency of the Year

This category aims to reward a residential estate agency that has demonstrated leadership, growth and innovation in the past 3 years. Has it embraced change, enhanced the customer experienced targeted new areas of growth? Has it done something that makes it stand out from the crowd? Then we want to hear from you.

Residential Agency of the YearWhat the Judges are looking for:

  • Details of why 2017 was such a strong year for your agency and how much business has grown
  • 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
  • Details of any new initiatives or changes in strategy with a specific focus on technology and the customer experience
  • 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

7. Excellence in Planning Awards

This 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

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:

  • 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
  • Profile of construction portfolio
  • Quality Control

10. Facilities Management Project Award

This Award is presented to the individual or team whose facilities management project has had a substantial, positive effect on clients/customers/staff and as a result the business operation of their organisation. This enhancement project can be an improvement in work environment, reliability of services, financial, sustainability, wellness or a combination and completed in the period 2016 to 2017 inclusive.

Facilities Management AwardWhat are the Judges Looking for:

  • Going “above and beyond” normal projects
  • Demonstrate measurable improvement
  • Innovation through approach or technology
  • Appreciate needs and satisfaction of company/clients
  • Contribution to local community
  • Excellence in strategic coordination

11. Emerging Talent Award

We are looking for the stars of the future, the individuals who show the sort of entrepreneurialism, tenacity and vision to really steer the industry in years to come.

This category is open to all disciplines in the Irish property sector.

Please note to be eligible you need to be between 21 – 35 years of age.

Emerging Talent: Coworking process, designers team work project. Photo young business crew working with new startup modern office. Desktop computers on wood table. Blurred background, film effect.What will the judges look for:

  • Evidence of entrepreneurial spirit and flair
  • Evidence of strong leadership and vision
  • Details of outstanding achievements in the past 2 years
  • Examples of innovation and thought leadership
  • Evidence of risk taking
  • A summary of why you feel you should win this award