EG Awards 2019: the shortlist

In October the great, the good and the future of real estate will gather to celebrate best practice across the industry. But here, after two long days of deliberation, we can give you a preview of those who are in the running for the best prize in property

Trying to get a vast and varied group of real estate professionals to agree on a shortlist, let alone a winner, is never an easy feat, but after some sweat, tears and some healthy debate (no blood spilled), our talented collection of judges managed to whittle down hundreds of entries to a perfectly formed shortlist.

“This was one of the most challenging judging sessions I have taken part in to date – simply because of the quality of the companies in so many of the categories we judged,” said Alex Jan, chief economist at Arup. “Despite the real headwinds facing the UK economy, it is heartening to see the best players in the property industry continuing to thrive, innovate and prosper in meeting the needs of commercial, industrial and residential clients.”

See if you are one of the UK’s best over the next few pages – unless you have entered our Rewire, Rising Star and Social Impact awards. We will reveal those lucky finalists on 29 June.

Being a judge for the EG Awards was so interesting and personally rewarding. Being able to take some time out to review and understand the amazing projects being delivered within our industry was inspiring

Jason Sibthorpe, Avison Young

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The shortlists

Alternative Sector Award

  • Carterwood
  • Knight Frank
  • NHS Property Services
  • Savills
  • Student Cribs
  • The Kexgill Group and the University Quarter

Collaborators Award

  • Built-ID (Give-My-View)
  • Innovation Gateway (Innovation Gateway – The Power of Many)
  • Newcastle City Council (Newcastle Helix – Legal & General, Newcastle University and Newcastle City Council)
  • The Kexgill Group and the University Quarter (University Quarter)
  • U+I (Harwell Science and Innovation Campus)
  • Waterside Places (Waterside Places)
  • Wates Residential (Havering and Wates jv)

Creative Spaces Award

  • Architecture Initiative (Northampton International Academy)
  • Battersea Power Station Development Company (No 18)
  • Greenham Business Park (The Base, Greenham Business Park)
  • Greystar Europe Holdings (Sailmakers Reception Lounge)
  • LCR (Leake Street Arches)
  • Places for People (Park Hill, Sheffield)

Employer Award

  • Bidwells
  • Carterwood
  • Gerald Eve
  • Knight Frank
  • Savills
  • The Crown Estate
  • Transport for London

Future of Real Estate Award (Business)

  • Appear Here
  • Berkeley Group
  • Place Partnership
  • Places for People
  • Sound Diplomacy
  • U+I
  • WiredScore

Future of Real Estate Award (Individual)

  • Faisal Butt, founder and chief executive, Pi Labs
  • Etienne Cadestin, founder and managing director, Longevity Partners
  • Joseph Daniels, founder and chief executive, Project Etopia
  • Megan Hanney, graduate surveyor, CBRE
  • Dan Hughes, founder, Alpha Property Insight
  • Reza Merchant, chief executive, The Collective
  • Rupert Parker, head of futureproofing, Avison Young

Global Adviser of the Year

  • Colliers International
  • Knight Frank
  • Savills

Global Investor of the Year

  • AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets
  • M7 Real Estate
  • Oxford Properties Group
  • Patron Capital
  • Pi Labs

Industrial Adviser of the Year

  • Knight Frank
  • Savills

Industrial Company of the Year

  • Oxenwood Real Estate
  • St Modwen Properties
  • Stenprop
  • Tritax Big Box REIT 

Legal Team of the Year

  • Addleshaw Goddard
  • Ashurst
  • Birketts
  • Clifford Chance
  • CMS
  • Dentons
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Hogan Lovells

Lender of the Year

  • Avamore Capital
  • Aviva Investors Real Estate Finance
  • Nuveen Real Estate
  • OakNorth
  • Octopus Real Estate

London Deal of the Year

  • Battersea Power Station Development Company (Battersea Power Station’s £1.6bn long-term asset ownership deal)
  • Delancey (Royal Mint Court)
  • Grainger (GRIP REIT acquisition)
  • Legal & General Investment Management, Real Asset (Croydon Council)
  • Network Rail Property and Rothschild & Co (Network Rail’s £1.5bn sale of its Commercial Property Estate)
  • Palmer Capital (Palmer Capital – Fiera Capital)

National Adviser of the Year

  • BNP Paribas Real Estate
  • JLL
  • Knight Frank
  • Savills

National Company of the Year

  • Berkeley Group
  • Grainger
  • Muse Developments
  • Redrow
  • Student Cribs
  • Urban Splash

Offices Adviser of the Year

  • Anton Page
  • BNP Paribas Real Estate
  • JLL
  • Knight Frank
  • OBI
  • Savills

Offices Company of the Year

  • Derwent London
  • HB Reavis
  • The Office Group

Regional Deal of the Year

  • Aviva Investors Real Assets (Aviva Investors Real Assets funds Enterprise City, Manchester)
  • Cubex (Aurora)
  • Manse Opus (Prospero Ansty prelet to Meggitt)
  • Savills (The Florence Building)
  • The English Cities Fund (New Bailey – multiple deals)
  • The Instant Group (Barclays/The Instant Group)
  • Tritax Big Box REIT (Tritax Big Box’s acquisition of DB Symmetry)

Residential Innovator of the Year

  • Apex Airspace
  • Ballymore
  • Get Living
  • Legal & General Investment Management, Real Assets
  • Placefirst
  • Places for People
  • Project Etopia

Retail Innovator of the Year

  • Appear Here
  • Davis Coffer Lyons
  • Savills
  • Toolbox Group

The judges

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The wide cross-section of judges made for particularly interesting debate as there was such a range of different viewpoints to take on board

Louise Brooke-Smith, Arcadis

  • Leona Ahmed, co-head of real estate sector, Addleshaw Goddard
  • Sherin Aminossehe, head of offices, Lend Lease
  • Tripty Arya, founder and chief executive, Travtus
  • Yolande Barnes, chair, The Bartlett Real Estate Institute, UCL
  • Joe Borrett, director of real estate and construction (EMEA and India), Google
  • Louise Brooke-Smith, partner, UK head of development and strategic planning, Arcadis
  • Andy Bruce, partner, global head of real estate, Linklaters
  • John Burbage, executive chairman, Burbage Realty
  • Faisal Butt, entrepreneur and investor, Spire Ventures
  • John Carter, commercial director, Aldermore
  • Jenny Casebourne, head of retail and restaurant property, The Howard de Walden Estate
  • Linda Chandler, chief technology officer, LIQUID Real Estate Innovation
  • Jeremy Collins, property director, Fenwick
  • Eoin Condren, director, joint venture, U+I
  • Matt Crompton, joint managing director, Muse Developments
  • Carla Cummings, legal director – construction and infrastructure (Australian qualified), Battersea Power Station Development Company
  • Savannah de Savary, founder and chief executive, Built-ID
  • Alistair Elliott, chairman, Knight Frank
  • Jakes Ferguson, commercial property adviser, Whitehall and central London, Government Property Agency
  • Mary Finnigan, head of transactions EMEA, WeWork
  • Susan Freeman, partner, Mishcon de Reya
  • Teresa Gilchrist, director, head of investor relations and new business, M7
  • Pete Gladwell, head of public sector partnerships, LGIM
  • Adam Goldin, head of UK office, CC Land
  • Charlie Green, co-founder, The Office Group
  • Michela Hancock, development director, Greystar
  • Jessica Hardman, managing director, head of real estate group UK and Ireland, DWS
  • Jamie Holmes, chief executive, VU.CITY
  • Alexander Jan, chief economist, Arup
  • Gerald Kaye, chief executive, Helical
  • Anouk Khan, chief operating officer, Real Estate Women
  • Melanie Leech, chief executive, British Property Federation
  • Rebecca Lovelace, founder, Building People
  • David Mann, partner, TFT
  • Madeleine McDougall, head of commercial real estate, Lloyds
  • Joy Nazzari, dn&co.
  • Michael Neal, global head of investment, Nuveen
  • Alex Notay, build-to-rent fund director, PfP Capital
  • Alex Price, chief executive, Palmer Capital
  • Mark Robinson, founder, Ellandi
  • James Sellar, chief executive, Sellar Property
  • Lynda Shillaw, Town Centre Securities
  • Jason Sibthorpe, principal and president, UK, Avison Young
  • James Sparrow, chief executive UK and EMEA, Savills
  • Emma Stapleton, co-founder and chief operating officer, The Tender Space
  • Cassandra Wheeldon, director of partnerships, UK and Ireland, WiredScore
  • Melanie Williams, partner, head of real estate sector, DWF
  • John Woodman, senior partner, Malcolm Hollis
Portraits by Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Technology and people featured more heavily this year, alongside some impressive transactions and projects

Eoin Condren, U+I