As in previous years we take the selection of judges and the judging process very seriously. Changes are made on a yearly basis to the panel and accountability expected from the judging process when selecting the winners and runners up.
KEY DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Tuesday 4th April – Awards Programme officially opens Friday 21st July – Awards submission deadline Monday 4th September – Short List announced in The Forum Wednesday 18th October – Royal Berkshire Property Awards @ Reading Town Hall
The Royal Berkshire Property Awards evening is a black tie dinner held at Reading Town Hall, located five minutes walk from the train station and with ample car parking near the venue. Ticket prices include a reception drink upon arrival, a three-course meal, and access to the bar for networking.
The venue can hold 250 people and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis as we are expecting strong demand for this event. Sitting at tables of 10, guests will experience an evening that will be both unique and memorable. Note preference for sponsors and members.
The awards will be hosted in Reading Town Hall which has a capacity of 250 and is one of the mosts impressive venues in Reading with an excellent reputation for fine dining.
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 in close proximity to 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 to Berkshire 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.
Award for Best Final Year Undergraduate Development and Planning project at the Henley Business School, University of Reading
As part of their final year, studying for a BSc in Real Estate, University of Reading students worked in teams on a “real-world” project to identify a potential site in the Thames Valley and devise a substantial mixed use development proposal. They took on specialist roles covering land, planning and market analysis, financial viability, design, project management, marketing, and disposal. Students submitted a comprehensive individual specialist report but also presented their scheme to a panel of guests drawn from the industry. This award goes to the best presentation and will be presented by Victor Nicholls, Lecturer in Development and Planning, Henley Business School, University of Reading.
The Bersjhire Property Awards has developed a unique awards programme that is tailored to the Berkshire property market and provides delegates with an opportunity to network with key decision-makers from across Berkshire’s property market. Judges will aim to shortlist a maximum of three or four companies so that attendees have a degree of expectation on the evening of the awards.
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.
Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility particularly contribution to climate change / net-zero, biodiversity, green space andthe impact the submission has on society and/or the environment.
Submitting companies do NOT have to have an office in Berkshire, but projects submitted, do have to be located in Berkshire
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 Berkshire 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 Royal county of Berkshire. Having an office in Berkshire is not essential for this award but may help.
About this award: New in 2023, 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 Berkshire market. Submissions can cover the real estate, architectural and construction sectors and a merger, acquisition, property sale or winning of a major contract. All submissions should reflect the scope and depth of your successes in Berkshire, using references from clients and other supporting evidence to help provide information for the Judges.
Award for Best Architect (or Landscape Architect) + Future Project
Sponsored by: TBC
About this award: Good architecture in the built environment where climate, community and nature are built into the design has never had such a high profile. Driven by client expectations and the rigours of the planning process, architects have to absorb the many challenges thrown at them and produce buildings and landscapes which reflect not only respect the local vernacular but achieve client approval. Judges will be looking for practices that can demonstrate a track record of success in Berkshire and back up their success with positive client feedback. In addition, this award is open to architects showcasing a selection of any Future Projects, in other words, projects which are in the planning process and have not yet been built.
About this award: Construction companies (submissions from new build, traditional or D&B companies will be welcomed) are very busy across Berkshire delivering new residential, 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.
About this award: New housing is an important part of Berkshire’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 helps to fulfil the needs of Berkshire’s housing plans. Submissions need to showcase an approach to quality design, placemaking, sustainability and 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 communities / community place-making, garden towns, urban villages, individual homes or small estates.
About this award: A special award for a special project. Entries for this award will showcase Berkshire’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 of finish, design and procurement with strong sustainable credentials. Entries can come from across all sectors including the office, educational, residential, retail and tourism 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.
About this award: The drive towards low carbon is now part of most project briefs in Berkshire. Reflecting the very real changes that are happening in our world, the built environment in Berkshire 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 of zero carbon in Legacy Cities.
About this award: 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 discretion of the judges we could split the category depending on the quality of the awards to reflect an award for recent graduates as well as more mature employees.
About this award: Nominations are encouraged from across the property sector from teams, who have been integral to the success of the Berkshire 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.
About this award: Nominations are encouraged from across the property sector from individuals, who have been integral to the success of the Berkshire 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 fulfil the goals and aspirations of their colleagues. For this award, a list of submissions will be presented to the Judges and the winner will be announced in the final presentation of the evening.
Nominees are being kept under wraps until the evening.
14.00 – Walks in Reading (TBC) 18.15 – Champagne reception 19.15 – Dinner & Awards 22.30 – End of formal proceedings and to the bar! 23.30 – Carriages to the Purple Turtle!
16.00 Walk - Reading Town Centre
Exclusive tour of Reading town centre.
(Note: Delegate must purchase ticket for Walks to go on this tour, numbers are restricted – registration required.)
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.
Awards & Dinner
For the Royal Berkshire Property Awards 2023, we have freshened the awards programme and introduced some categories and also tighten up the existing format. Currently we have 11 awards to present which have been nominated by companies working across Berkshire.
Close & Carriages
Post-event plans are in place such as the Purple Turtle.
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