South Coast Property Awards Winners 2016

Business Park of the Year

Winner – The University of Southampton Science Park

Other finalist: Lakeside North Harbour Business Campus, Portsmouth

This Award celebrates the ability of the developer, owner or management team to: market their business park by new initiatives, maintain high occupancy levels, and consistently receive positive feedback from tenants. Judges will be looking for a clear demonstration of the ability of the business park to fulfil these criteria.

Workplace Environment sponsored by JLL

Winner: The White Building, Southampton – Link House Investments

Other finalists:

  • Lakeside North Harbour Business Campus, Portsmouth
  • The University of Southampton Science Park

Exciting workplaces and successful businesses go together. The region is home to many companies across the digital, telecoms, pharmaceutical, professional and financial sectors. Open to any company from any business sector, this award seeks to reward those companies that have used their property strategy to create quality, design-led working styles; increased productivity; innovative working environments; and open, inclusive work cultures. Judges will want to see how the design of the workplace was approached and how it has created genuine productivity gains for the business. Entries can be made by the occupier, or by one of the advisory or design team with comment from the client.

Industrial & Logistics Property Consultancy – supported by CoStar Group UK

Winner: LSH

Other finalists:

  • JLL
  • Myddelton & Major
  • Vail Williams

This Award uses objective information supplied by agents, and collated by CoStar, on industrial/logistics deals within the region. It is based on deal volumes and total square footage in this sector across the region during the 12-month period from January to December 2015.

Commercial Property Consultancy (Firm) – supported by CoStar Group UK

Winner: Hughes Ellard

Other finalists

  • CBRE
  • Goadsby
  • LSH

This Award uses objective information supplied by agents, and collated by CoStar, on property deals within the region. It is based on deal volumes and total square footage in the office sector across the region during the 12-month period from January to December 2015.

Property Consultancy (Client Service)

Winner: LSH

Other finalists

  • Paul Basham Associates
  • Vail Williams

This Award is open to all property consultancies and celebrates the ability of the consultancy to take a client’s brief and ensure it is correctly managed and serviced. Entries must be supported by clear evidence of success, including testimonials from clients and other advisers involved with the deal, project or brief in question.

No nomination form is necessary as judges will base their decisions on industry data.

Town/City of the Year sponsored by Barton Willmore

Winner: Southampton

Other finalists

  • Bournemouth
  • Portsmouth

Judges are looking for a town (or city) and its management team (and advisers) that has implemented a successful town-centre strategy and has enhanced the brand. This could be by improving transportation links, implementing a regeneration plan that has created opportunities for economic growth, or a major new property investment that has changed the course of the town. The judges are aware that the region is the sum of its parts and therefore evidence of cross Borough and County collaboration is also an important measure of success. Entrants need to show that they have adopted a clear strategy for improvement that has enhanced the town over a period of time.

Housebuilder of the Year sponsored by NatWest

Winner: Inland Homes

Other finalists

  • Bargate Homes
  • McCarthy & Stone
  • Pennyfarthing Homes

Successful housebuilders have to be aware of environmental issues, and a need for community engagement. The development has to have real economic benefit, respecting the environment and showing how good design can create places where people want to live, both young and old. The judges are looking for a housebuilder that incorporates these aspects into its completed schemes and consistently receives positive feedback from its customers.

Corporate Real Estate Executive or Team

Winner: Lance Anelay, Santander

This Award focuses on the role of the real-estate executive or team – either in-house or outsourced, and in the private or public sectors. Nominations should demonstrate the implementation of best practice and show how a decisive property strategy can affect main board decisions and ultimately improve productivity. Judges would like to see nominations from property consultants and suppliers who work with real-estate executives and can reflect the criteria requested above.

Development of the Year sponsored by Lester Aldridge

Winner: The White Building, Southampton – Link House Investments

Other finalists

  • Kites Croft, Segensworth – Hellier Langston, LSH, Aviva and Marick
  • Meridian Waterside – Inland Homes

The Award celebrates a project (office, mixed-use, residential or industrial) that has been recently completed, has funding or has just received planning consent. Judges will be looking at the funder’s/developer’s ability to create an exciting new development, which matches industry standards and will be seen as adding value to the region.

Property Deal of the Year sponsored by Coffin Mew

Winner: Marchwood Industrial Estate, Southampton

Other finalists

  • Dunsbury Way, Havant – Dwyer plc/ Hellier Langston
  • Royal London Park, Hedge End


“Coffin Mew is delighted to be sponsoring the new South Coast Property Awards. We have seen how big the South Coast Property Awards has grown in just two years, and we believe there is great appetite for a similar Solent-based event to be very well received by both the commercial and residential property sectors.

“As a leading property legal adviser, we have a strong property team under Commercial Property heavyweight Nick Leavey, and as sponsors of Property Deal of the Year, we expect to see some cracking deals being nominated.”

This Award celebrates a ‘deal’ or transaction that by its size, importance or location makes a significant impact on the south coast region. Such a deal often provides the confidence and momentum to ensure that the region remains buoyant and relevant.

Fast Rising Property Business sponsored by Smith & Williamson

Winner: MC Plan & Site Services

Other finalists

  • Mildren Homes
  • The Mortgage Hut

This category rewards a successful property business that has shined in the region in the past few years. Eligible firms include developers, agents, consultants, surveyors, lettings specialists, etc.

Property Law Firm sponsored by Vail Williams

Winner: Blake Morgan

Other finalists

  • Coffin Mew
  • Lester Aldridge
  • Moore Blatch
  • Shoosmiths

Judges are looking for a law firm whose property team has had an exceptional year, either in terms of volume of work, quality of instructions, or both. Particular attention will be given to law firms that have instructed on complex deals during the year, or that have excelled in advisory work.  Eligible law firms can have acted in the commercial property or residential property markets; and can have been instructed by developers, agents, occupiers, and/or investors. In reviewing submissions from law firms, judges will also pay attention to testimonials from clients.

Regeneration Project of the Year sponsored by Blake Morgan

Winner: Carters Quay, Poole – Inland Homes

Other finalists

  • Cromwell Road, Bournemouth – Pure Town Planning
  • The Dormy, Ferndown – Pennyfarthing Homes

This new Award recognises the innovative use of brownfield sites as well as strong architectural design and the developer’s approach to environmental issues. Judges will consider how the particular area has been revitalised for those who live and/or work there, and the investment and/or ROI of the project.

Small schemes will be considered, as will large-scale town or city regeneration projects. Schemes can be nominated by architects, planners, developers or agents.

Premier law firm Blake Morgan, which sponsors the category, said: “We were delighted to be asked to sponsor one of the categories at these awards, which will provide a platform for real-estate businesses in the region to celebrate the achievements being made in our industry.

“As sponsor of the Regeneration Project of the Year we are particularly keen to celebrate the changing face of our region.  We look forward to supporting this event while also having the opportunity of meeting contacts, new and old.”

Outstanding Contribution sponsored by McCarthy & Stone

Winner: Graham Holland, Head of Office, LSH

Other finalists

  • Michael Green, Lead Director, JLL
  • Nigel Walters, Managing Director, Troika Developments

This Award is for a stand-out person who has promoted and created success in the execution of property strategy across the region and, more importantly, has been involved with the promotion of the South Coast as a great place in which to do business.