Of all the stories and sub-stories of the CEEQA 2018 the trending headline was rampant domination by two of the world’s largest real estate operators, with Skanska and CBRE picking up nine awards between them at the New Europe property’s sector’s main annual industry showcase held in Warsaw on 25th April.
In a sector that has enjoyed record years in investment transactions as well as product output, Global agent CBRE was named Property Management Company of the Year as well as Agent of the Year in the Office Agency, Industrial Agency and Capital Markets categories, with Cushman & Wakefield retaining the Retail Agency for the third successive year.
But it was the development arm of Swedish based conglomerate Skanska, Skanska Commercial Development Europe that shone brightest, lifting five titles on a night of triumph, equalling their own record set in 2014. The company dominated the Office Development of the Year category with three short listed projects, of which, coincidentally, their “Five” In Prague was victorious, which was also named Green Leadership Building of the Year, in addition to the awards for Developer of the Year and overall Company of the Year, as well as Green Leadership Company of the Year – an award it has never not won since the inception of CEEQA’s awards for green building innovation in 2008.
At a spectacular gathering of nearly 900 of the sector’s regional and international leaders and decision makers, including entertainment highlights by Morcheeba and visiting speaker, international rugby superstar Percy Montgomery, the sector’s garland award for Lifetime Achievement in Real Estate was presented to Gordon Black of Heitman and, with Unibail-Rodamco’s “Wroclavia Shopping Center” in Wroclaw, Poland, winning both the Retail Development and overall Building of the Year CEE awards.
Many of the sector’s whales were also successful with Panattoni Europe taking the Industrial Developer title for the fourth year in a row, pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank landing the Lender award and STRABAG the Construction Company award, while perhaps the biggest market whale of the them all, global legal practice Dentons, retaining the Legal & Financial Services firms award for the ninth successive year including two wins as Salans prior.
But the giants didn’t have it all their own way. Home grown Czech fund manager CPI Property Group was crowned Investor of the Year, while regional built asset consultants Sentient was recognised as Development Services Company of the Year for the first time and another Czech based firm, private legal practice Wilsons was named as the sector’s Rising Star.
Other successful buildings in the 2018 edition of the awards included the Oregon Park Building B in Bucharest, Romania, and the Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga in Latvia.
The award winners were serenaded by gospel choir Inkcubeko Arts & Culture and entertainer Jacques Lagesse flown in from Cape Town for the event amid an invasion of South African entertainment to match the recent wave of South African investment into the sector, with other entertainment provided by Jimi Ogden & the Lumberjacks and mime troupe Mimello. The event was the tenth successive CEEQA Gala hosted by popular Polish broadcaster Monika Zamachowska.
Richard Hallward, founder and director of CEEQA said:
“Our congratulations to all this year’s winners and short listed candidates on another outstanding year for the sector, and our thanks to all participants, collaborators, jurors and partners for helping to make this the most successful edition of CEEQA to date.”
Maciej Krason, Real Estate & Construction Industry Leader for Deloitte Central Europe, lead partner of CEEQA, said:
“Over 15 years of its presence on the market CEEQA has established unique trust credentials in the real estate sector. As Deloitte we recognize CEEQA’s mission to project opportunities and successes for market participants as values which Deloitte identifies with as well. As Leading Partner of CEEQA, we would like to congratulate all the award winners and wish them further successful and challenging projects in this very dynamic market.“