The county’s finest were recognised on Wednesday when the Royal Berkshire Property Awards 2023 put the industry’s top achievers in the spotlight.

More than 230 people gathered at Reading Town Hall for the black-tie event hosted by former Royals legend and BBC Radio Berkshire presenter Ady Williams.

Judges met in September to go through the entries and draw up the shortlist which was published on September 11.

UK Property Forums managing director Matthew Battle said: “This is the first time we have put on awards in this format in Berkshire and we couldn’t have hoped for a better finale.

“It was a tremendous evening and will give us a great platform to continue this success next year.”

A game of heads and tails among guests raised more than £2,300 for Myocarditis UK, the charity of Jansons Property, before the awards were handed out.

As part of the association between UK Property Forums and the University of Reading, an award was made for the best final year undergraduate development and planning project at the Henley Business School.

Victor Nicholls, lecturer in development and planning at Henley Business School, presented the award to the winning team of students who has been tasked with devising, planning and costing a ‘real-world’ mixed-use redevelopment scheme in the Thames Valley.

The Royal Berkshire Property Awards winners:

Leader of the Year

Cllr Tony Page, Mayor of Reading

MattBatt Award – a special award chosen by Matthew Battle

Steve Dixon, managing director of JDP

Best Law Firm sponsored by Jansons Property

Winner – Blandy & Blandy

Highly Commended – Boyes Turner

Best Architect sponsored by Haslams Estate Agents

Winner – Edgingtons Architects

Highly Commended – TP Architects

Best Contractor sponsored by Haslams Chartered Surveyors

Winner – Morgan Lovell

Highly Commended – Active Workplace Solutions

Best Residential Development sponsored by Evoke

Small (10 or fewer units)

Winner – Grovelands Park, Winnersh

Highly Commended – Ashridge Court, Wokingham


Winner – Tower House Farm, Mortimer

Highly Commended – Stoneham Park, Tilehurst

Employer / Consultant of the Year sponsored by REDA

Winner – Evoke

Highly Commended – RLB

Low Carbon Project of the Year sponsored by Green Park

Winner – 160 Edinburgh Avenue, Slough

Highly Commended – Grovelands Park, Winnersh

Project of the Year sponsored by Vail Williams

Winner – Shinfield Studios, Shinfield

Highly Commended – The British Archaeological Research Collection Facility, Shinfield

NextGen Award sponsored by SEGRO

Winner – Emily Taylor, DevComms

Highly Commended – Rebecca Houghton, Vail Williams

Highly Commended – Andrew Nock, Motion

The County Award sponsored by DevComms

Winner – Stantec

Leader of the Year sponsored by DevComms

Elkie Russell, managing director, Berkeley Homes (Oxford & Chiltern)

Click here for our gallery of images from the evening, taken by Stewart Turkington.

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