Following a judges’ meeting last week, a shortlist of entries for this year’s Eastern Echo Awards can now be unveiled.

The panel of judges, jointly chaired by UK Property Forums managing director Matthew Battle and chair of LandAid Eastern Regions Nicholas Bewes, met on Friday, May 20 at Bidwells’ Cambridge office.

Friday’s judging lasted two and a half hours and members of the panel left the room when any possible conflict of interests occurred.

The final category of Award for Property Leader or Team of the year will be announced at the awards evening on June 30, as a finale for CamPropFest.

Following the meeting, the submissions were whittled down to create a shortlist for each category. The shortlists (alphabetically listed) are as follows:

Award for Best Law Firm (sponsored by Savills)

  • HCR Law
  • Mills & Reeve

Award for Best Property Agent/Advisor (sponsored by AIPUT)

  • Bidwells
  • Carter Jonas
  • Savills

Award for Best Planning Advisor (sponsored by Pigeon)

  • Bidwells
  • Boyer Planning
  • Carter Jonas
  • Lanpro

Award for Best Architect (sponsored by LandAid – Eastern Region)

  • Saunders Boston Architects
  • TCN UK

Award for Best Contractor (sponsored by Stantec)

  • RG Carter
  • Wates

Award for Best Commercial Project (sponsored by Carter Jonas)

  • Broadland Gate, Norwich
  • Stane Park, Colchester
  • Suffolk Park, Bury St Edmunds

Award for Best Residential Development (sponsored by Bidwells)

  • Great Kneighton, Cambridge
  • West End Gardens, Haddenham

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

  • Broadland Gate, Norwich
  • Eastern Gate House, Cambridge
  • Fuel Studios, Norwich
  • Great Kneighton, Cambridge
  • Norwich Energy Innovation Park, Norwich

Award for Young Property Person of the Year (sponsored by Horta Properties)

  • George Craig, Bidwells
  • Will Fayers, Paul Basham Associates
  • Abigail Jones, Savills
  • Jodie Welch, Stantec
  • Jonathan Wright, Bidwells

Award for Property Leader of the Year / Team of the Year

  • To be announced on the evening.

The judges’ panel consisted of Matthew Battle, managing director of UK Property Forums, Nicholas Bewes, chair of LandAid Eastern Region, John Blair, director of Saunders Boston Architects, Sebastian Conway-Jarrett, Editor of Eastern Echo at UK Property Forums, Emma Drake, director of Henbe, Mark Dujardin, chief executive of Horta Properties, Ron Harris, principal at Ramidus Consulting and Paul Smith, branch manager at Handelsbanken Cambridge.

Matthew Battle, managing director of UK Property Forums said: “On behalf of the judges, we are very excited about the selection of schemes submitted for the awards, especially the range of projects clearly representing the East of England, including Norwich, Bury St Edmunds and Colchester, as well as Cambridge being celebrated at the awards.”

The awards evening is filling up fast, with 70 per cent of tickets already sold. Join us at Homerton College’s new dining hall on June 30 for an evening celebrating the region.

The property industry across the region will be represented on the evening, with an opportunity to meet colleagues working across the East for an evening celebrating what the region has to offer. Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

Tickets are available here.

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