Welcome to CamPropFest + Eastern Echo Awards

26th June 2024









If you’d like to become one in 2024 please contact us 0203 478 7340 or  events@ukpropertyforums.com






2024 Eastern Echo Award Judges include:

Matthew Battle

Matthew Battle

UK Property Forums

Mark Dujardin

Mark Dujardin

Horta Properties

Joe Last

Joe Last


Nicholas Bewes

Nicholas Bewes


Will Fayers

Will Fayers

Paul Basham Associates

Emma Proctor-King

Emma Proctor-King

Churchmanor Estates

John Blair

John Blair

John Blair Associates

Laura Foster

Laura Foster

BBC News

Jodie Welch

Jodie Welch


Emma Drake

Emma Drake

Henbe Communications

Rob Harris

Rob Harris

Ramidus Consulting

2024 AWARD DETAILS – What, where and when?

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

Now in our third year, we will gather again on Wednesday 26 June to celebrate the East of England Property Awards once again in the New Dining Hall at Homerton College in Cambridge. 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 in a venue that can compete with any London ‘style’ awards evening. After all, who needs to go to London when you can attend a quality event close to home?


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


  • Thursday, 1st February 2024 – The Awards are officially open!
  • Thursday, 28th March 2024 – No more submissions
  • Monday, 29th April 2024 – Shortlist announced in The Forum – Eastern Echo
  • Wednesday, 26th June 2024 – The Eastern Echo Awards at Homerton College


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.


In the design and implementation of the awards, we will strive to reduce the carbon footprint of this event. For example, the decision on the location of the venue is near public transport stations, the use of digital ticketing in all aspects of event management, the limited use of paper where possible, the provenance of the food served, and the design of the awards, which will be made of recycled or sustainable materials. As the event approaches, we will incorporate initiatives into the event.


Celebrating success is an important part of business life and the giving of awards is a simple but effective way of saying – well done! 

Judges will aim to cut the list to a maximum of four companies for each award which ensures that attendees have a reasonable degree of expectation on the evening of the awards. The Judges are ‘refreshed’ on an annual basis to ensure that there is a degree of change on the panel and that different views are heard. As a rule, we invite the Leader of the Year and NextGen winners to join the judging panel on a three-year cycle. Finally, where conflict of interests occurs, Judges are removed from the judging process and a degree of neutrality is preserved.

Complete the online Awards Entry Form – deadline Thursday 28th March.

Award Criteria

The Judges will be looking for submissions that cover the 12 months of 2023, 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.


  • 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 Deal of the Year

Sponsored by: 

As the first award on the evening, this category 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 of success by your peers across the East of England real estate market. Submissions could come from the real estate, architectural and construction sectors and could cover a merger, acquisition, property sale or the 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 support information for the Judges.

Award for Best Planning Consultant

Sponsored by:

The volume of planning activity across the East of England continues to be very high. As new developments start to be planned, developers are increasingly turning to planning consultants for expert advice and guidance. Reflecting this increased activity, planning consultants need to demonstrate in their submissions for this award an ability to respond to the client brief, agreed process to achieve planning permission and where possible, feedback from their client post submission. Having an office in the East of England is not essential for this award. Documentation needs to include information about the business and examples of past planning applications as evidence of success. Having an office in the East of England is not essential to win this award.

Award for Best Architect (or Interior Designer)

Sponsored by:

The need for quality architecture across the East of England has never had such a high profile. Driven by client expectations and the rigours of the planning process, architects have had to absorb the many challenges thrown at them and produce buildings which not only respect the local vernacular, macth the expectations of the planners and of course, client approval. Judges will be looking for architects who can demonstrate a credible track record in the region over a period which will inevitably be spread over a period of years. Documentation needs to include information about the business and examples of past projects as evidence of success. Submitting companies do not have to have an office in the East of England but the projects submitted do need to be located to be in the region.

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, educational, 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. 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 need to be in the county. Documentation needs to include information about the business and examples of past projects as evidence of success.

Award for Responsible Employer of the Year (New for 2024)

Sponsored by: TBC

New for 2024, we would like to receive submissions from a Company / Consultant / Project Team that can demonstrate how successful it has been in the delivery of a successful responsible business strategy. Measurables could include how your business incorporates your approach to the innovation process, adoption of social responsibility, engagement in the local community, approach to the environment, governance or maybe feedback from clients or your supply chain on your approach to responsible business. The Judges will take into consideration all these criteria and decide on which company should be recognised by its peers as best in class.

Award for Best Residential Development

Sponsored by:

New housing is an important part of the East of England vision. 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 fulfil the needs of the East of England housing plans. Submissions need to showcase an approach to quality design, placemaking, sustainability, ESG agenda and use of materials. To be accepted, the project must have been completed or a phase completed over the past 12 months and could include designs for Garden Towns, Urban Villages.  individual homes or small estates. In the past we have split this category into two, large (10 or more home developments) and small (individual and under 10 houses developments.  

Award for Best Commercial Project

Sponsored by:

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. Attaching references from clients and other supporting evidence will always help the judges in their deliberations along with supp​orting information about the company submitting.

Award for Best Low Carbon Project

Sponsored by: 

The drive towards low carbon is now part of most development briefs in the East of England. Reflecting the very real changes that are happening in our world, the built environment in the region increasingly needs to reflect these pressures in the approach to new developments, design of buildings and the project process. The proposal needs to showcase a clear strategy and subsequent implementation of a low carbon strategy for the project (or initiative) which is measurable in respect of benefits to the environment. This award could also be entered in one of the other categories and the Judges are sympathetic to the challenges that the pursuit of zero carbon has in Legacy Cities such as Cambridge.

Submit online Award Entry Form

Award for Project of the Year

Sponsored by:

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.

NextGen Award

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 also include graduates, apprentices and junior members of the team who have recently joined the company. Depending on the range of submissions for this award ; Judges may split to ensure that there is a fair comparison of skills.

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 some time and have not just been a one-hit-wonder, so to speak. For the Leader award, you must be able to demonstrate not only personal success in your business but also show evidence of helping to fulfill the goals and aspirations of your colleagues in the business. For a team award, you will need to demonstrate success over a range of projects and a measurement of sorts – the biggest or maybe the most profitable or somnething similiar.

Previous Winners

Winners from 2023

The full list of winners:

Award for Best Law Firm (sponsored by Carter Jonas)

  • Winner – Mills & Reeve
  • Highly commended – HCR Hewitsons

Award for Best Planning Advisor (sponsored by Eastern Echo)

  • Winner – Bidwells
  • Highly commended – Lanpro Services

Award for Best Architect or Landscape Architect (sponsored by Horta Properties)

  • Winner – Saunders Boston Architects
  • Highly commended – Chaplin Farrant

Award for Best Contractor (sponsored by LandAid)

  • Winner – Morgan Sindall
  • Highly commended – Barnes Construction

Award for Deal of the Year (sponsored by DevComms)

  • Winner – Jaynic for The Range pre-sale at Gateway 14
  • Highly commended – Bidwells for Brooklands, Cambridge

Award for Best Residential Development / Developer (sponsored by Savills)

  • Winner – More’s Meadow, Cambridge
  • Highly commended – Laureate Fields, Felixstowe

Award for Best Commercial Project (sponsored by Churchmanor Estates)

  • Winner – CMR Surgical Manufacturing Facility, Ely
  • Highly commended – 30 Station Road, Cambridge

Award for Project of the Year (sponsored by Mills & Reeve)

  • Winner – The Nest, Norwich
  • Highly commended – Dojima Brewery Sake Store, Ely

NextGen Award (sponsored by Lanpro)

  • Winner – Joe Last, Savills
  • Highly commended – Charlie Clark, Carter Jonas

Team of the Year (sponsored by Pigeon)

  • Winner (small team) – Carter Jonas Cambridge Lettings Team
  • Winner (large team) – Stantec / Barton Willmore

Property Leader of the Year (sponsored by Pigeon)

  • Sven Töpel, chief executive of Brookgate

A gallery of the evening can be viewed here.

Images by alanglais.com

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


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

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.

19:15 - Eastern Echo Awards & Dinner

For the Eastern Echo Awards, our moderator (TBC) will present the awards to the winning companies and individuals. Our aim will be to complete formal part of the evening by 10.45pm and allow time for guests to mingle and network.

22:45 - After Party in the Griffin Bar
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.
00:30 - 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

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