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28th June 2023
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2023 Eastern Echo Award Judges

Greg Searle MBE

Greg Searle MBE

Olympic Gold Medalist

Seb Conway-Jarrett

Seb Conway-Jarrett

UK Property Forums

Rob Harris

Rob Harris

Ramidus Consulting

Matthew Battle

Matthew Battle

UK Property Forums

Emma Drake

Emma Drake

Henbe Communications

Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Handelsbanken

Nicholas Bewes

Nicholas Bewes

LandAid

Mark Dujardin

Mark Dujardin

Horta Properties

Jodie Welch

Jodie Welch

Stantec

John Blair

John Blair

Saunders Boston Architects

Will Fayers

Will Fayers

Paul Basham Associates

2023 AWARD DETAILS – When, Where and What?

Photos of the New Dining Hall (designed by Feilden Fowles Architects) and The Griffin Bar in Homerton College, Cambridge 

Following the success of our inaugural awards event last year, we will gather again on June 28 to celebrate the East of England once again. Taking place in an award-winning venue, The New Dining Hall at Homerton College, the evening seeks to showcase the best of the East of England’s property industry presenting an opportunity to attend a unique black-tie event in Cambridge with leaders from across the property sector.  After all, who needs to go to London when you can attend a quality event close to home?

Venue Location

New Dining Hall, Homerton College, Cambridge CB2 8PH
Car parking is available on site or Cambridge Railway Station is just a short walk away.

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, 25th January 2023 – Awards Programme officially opens!
  • Friday, 31st March 2023 – Awards submission deadline (Entry Form)
  • Monday, 22nd May 2023 – Shortlist announced in The Forum
  • Wednesday, 28th June 2023 – The Eastern Echo Awards at Homerton College

Awards Format

The Eastern Echo Awards is targeted at projects, people, and places that are located across the East of England and will be judged by a panel with extensive experience and knowledge. For the sake of clarity, this covers a range of property sectors (office, industrial, retail, life science and residential) located in the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Awards Entry Form

Complete the online form by 6pm on Friday 31st March .

Award Criteria

The Judges will be looking for submissions that cover the 12 months of 2022, however, they can cover a longer time frame if the project’s gestation period has been more than 12 months. Where possible, site visits from the Judges will take place and full Terms & Conditions are listed on the submission form.

Reducing our Carbon Footprint

In the design and implementation of the Eastern Echo Awards, we will strive to reduce the carbon footprint of this event. For example, on the location of the venue (close proximity to public transport), digital ticketing, use of paper limited to single A5 booklets and the physical awards presented being made from recycled or sustainable materials.

CORE CRITERIA EXPECTED ON ALL SUBMISSIONS BY THE JUDGES

  • Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility particularly contribution to climate change / net-zero, biodiversity, green space and the impact the submission has on society and/or the environment
  • Submitting companies do NOT have to have an office in the East of England but projects submitted, do have to be in the six specified counties (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk)
  • Active and demonstrable inclusion, diversity, community engagement and collaboration will always be encouraged
  • Submissions on two sides A4 (min. font size Arial 10) however up to 10 photos can be submitted either via WeTransfer or equivalent
  • Videos can be submitted as additional information but should be no more than 2 minutes long
Award for Best Law Firm

Sponsored by: TBC

This award will identify law firms operating in the built environment, construction and real estate sectors who can demonstrate that they have been active in the East of England market, closing deals, creating new business opportunities, and have matched their business plan objectives during the past 12 months. Alternative measures could include investment in sustainable approaches to business or the adoption of creative ways which encourage growth and loyalty amongst its staff and clients. Using references from clients and other supporting evidence, all submissions will need to reflect the scope and depth of your success in the East of England. Having an office in East of England is not essential for this award but may help.

SUBMIT ENTRY

Award for Deal of the Year **New for 2023**

Sponsored by: TBC

This prestigious award will showcase a deal, transaction or agreement which has changed the course of your business during the past 12 months and would be seen as a barometer by your peers and reflective of your success the East of England market. Submissions could come from the real estate, architectural and construction sectors and could cover a merger, acquisition, property sale or winning of a major contract. All submissions should reflect the scope and depth of your successes in the East of England, using references from clients and other supporting evidence to help provide information for the Judges.

SUBMIT ENTRY

Nature-based Solutions Award **New for 2023**

Sponsored by: TBC

The East of England has been a market leader in the implementation of climate and nature agendas and the need to be responsive to the changing climate by adopting more nature-based solutions in the built environment. Judges will be looking for examples of companies that have set high standards either in their business or on projects responding to the ESG agenda. For the first time, this could include submissions of projects or initiatives located on rural land and estates in the East of England. The relationship between land, property and the environment has never been so important, and Judges will be looking for projects and initiatives which reflect this changing agenda.

SUBMIT ENTRY

Award for Best Planning Consultant

Sponsored by: TBC

Planning activity across the East of England continues to be intense. As new developments come on stream, private and public sector clients are increasingly turning to planning consultants for advice and guidance. Planning consultants need to demonstrate in their submissions a clear strategy to answer the brief, a logical process to achieve planning permission and feedback from their client post-submission. Alternative measures could include investment in sustainable approaches to business or the adoption of creative ways which encourage growth and loyalty. Having an office in the East of England is not essential for this award but may help. ​

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Award for Best Architect or Landscape Architect

Sponsored by: TBC

Good architecture in the built environment has never had such a high profile. Driven by client expectations, the need to reflect the ESG standards and the rigours of the planning process, architects have to absorb the many challenges thrown at them and produce buildings and lanscapes that reflect not only the local vernacular but achieve client approval. Judges will be looking for architects who can demonstrate a track record in the county / region over a period of time which will inevitably be spread over the past few years. Submitting companies do not have to have an office in the East of England but the projects submitted do have to be in the county.

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Award for Best Contractor

Sponsored by: TBC

Construction companies (submissions from New Build, Trad or D&B companies will be welcomed) are very busy across the East of England delivering new houses, commercial, industrial and retail projects. This award recognises all types and sizes of contractors with both large and small turnover working across the region. Judges will be looking for evidence of successfully completed projects over the past 12 months, positive feedback from clients, consultants and their supply chain partners to achieve successful project outcomes on projects and showing their connections with local communities. Attaching references from clients and other supporting evidence will always help the judges in their deliberations. Submitting companies do not have to have an office in the East of England but the projects submitted do have to be in the region.

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Award for Best Residential Development

Sponsored by: TBC

New housing is an important part of the East of England’s vision for growth. This award recognises a housing development (or developer) that manages to achieve the proverbial holy grail of matching the needs of the planners, the local community and help to fulfill the needs of the East of England’s housing plans. Submissions need to showcase an approach to quality design, placemaking, sustainability, ESG agenda, materials and the successful completion of the project. To be accepted, the project must have been completed or a section/phase completed over the past 12 months and could include designs for Garden Towns, Urban Villages., individual homes, large or small estates. In 2022 we split this category into two, large (10 or more homes) and small (individual and under 10 homes).

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Award for Best Commercial Project

Sponsored by: TBC

Industrial, science, education and office development activity across the whole of the East of England has been strong over the past 12 months. This award encourages submissions from development teams who have been involved with new projects in these sectors and can demonstrate that the buildings have matched the client’s brief and are part of the Local Plan to generate new income for the East of England including a strong approach to ESG in the general approach to the project. Attaching references from clients and other supporting evidence will always help the judges in their deliberations.​

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Award for Project of the Year

Sponsored by: TBC

A special award for a special project. Entries for this award will showcase the East of England’s finest new quality buildings which answer the client’s brief, and become inspirational for the users and the wider community. Alternatively, it could include a new build project which has been constructed to a high-level finish, design and procurement, with strong sustainable credentials. Entries can come from across all sectors including the office, educational, residential and retail sectors, which have all been past winners of this award. At the discretion of the judges, entries may also be submitted from other categories for this award.

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Rising Star of the Year

Sponsored by: TBC

A celebration of a person under 35 years of age, who has shown leadership and is an inspiration to others around them. Submissions need to demonstrate, not only how the individual has become an integral part of the business, but also how they have shown responsibility beyond their age. Examples of successful project delivery may include evidence of success from their ‘clients’ in the form of references and case studies. This could include graduates, apprentices and junior members of the team who have recently joined the company, which upon the discretion of the judges could split the category depending on the quality of the awards to reflect an award for recent graduates as well as more mature employees.

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Award for Property Leader / Team of the Year

Sponsored by: TBC

Nominations are encouraged from across the property sector from individuals, or teams, who have been integral to the success of the East of England property market over a period of time and have not just been a one-hit-wonder, so to speak. They must be able to demonstrate not only personal success in their business but also show evidence of helping to fulfill the goals and aspirations of their colleagues. When submitting a Team for the award, we will be looking for a team effort beyond the call of the normal working day, especially relevant over the past difficult 12 months. For this award, a long list of submissions will be submitted to the judges and the winner will be announced in the final presentation of the evening by the chair of the judges.​

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Winners from 2022

In the inaugural of the Eastern Echo Awards we had 30+ award submissions reflecting the rich diversity of projects completed across the region in 2021.

  • Matt Batt Award – New Dining Hall, Homerton College
  • Best Law Firm – Mills & Reeve
  • Best Property Advisor – Bidwells
  • Best Planning Advisor – Carter Jonas
  • Best Architect – Saunders Boston Architects
  • Best Contractor – RG Carter
  • Best Commercial Development – Stane Park, Colchester
  • Best Residential Development – Great Kneighton, Cambridge
  • Project of the Year – Broadland Gate, Norwich
  • Young Person of the Year – Will Fayers, Paul Basham Associates / Jodie Welch, Stantec
  • Property Leader of the Year – Andy Hill, Hill Group

SCHEDULE

The Eastern Echo Awards is a Black Tie Dinner and will be held at Homerton College in Cambridge. The venue seats 250 people for the dinner and we are now taking bookings.  The cost of each ticket includes a reception drink, a three-course meal + coffee, a limited amount of wine and of course access to the bar afterwards for the de-brief!

 

18:15 - Champagne Reception

Sponsored by:  TBC

An excellent opportunity to meet fellow guests, potential award winners with a welcome drink and start to feel the atmosphere for the awards evening on the Terrace of Homerton College.

19:30 - Eastern Echo Awards & Dinner

For the Eastern Echo Awards, our moderator Greg Searl MBE will present the awards to the winning companies and individuals. Our aim will be to complete formal part of the evening by 10.30pm and allow time for guests to mingle and network.

 
 
 
 
22:30 - Griffin Bar Opens
Opportunity to celebrate with the winners and commiserate the not so lucky with a drink at the recently refurbished and sumptuous Griffin Bar located next to the New Dinning Hall at Homerton College.
 
 
 
23:30 - Carriages and Griffin Bar closes!

Carriages await as the event closes.

Bed and Breakfast at Homerton College

Book direct via their website for a single/double ensuite room. Use event code KX60836

Location Map

Homerton College
Hills Road
Cambridge
CB2 8PH