It has been another stellar year for the winners of the Cambridge News Property Awards, which highlighted the best properties on the market and the professionals who helped make it happen.
Property developments across the region continue to set the bar for their high quality and these awards ensure the hardworking people and companies responsible are recognised.
Read below to see the winners of each award and its sponsors.
DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR
SPONSORED BY PEM
The winner of 'Developer of the Year' was Hill, who are now the winners for the fourth time in a row.
This means that they are the only developer to ever triumph in this category and looking at their work this year, it isnt hard to see why they are such consistent favourites with the judges in this PEM sponsored category.
Derek Carr was welcomed to the stage, tax partner from sponsors PEM to present the award.
Commenting the Judges said: "This developer consistently pushes forward the boundaries by looking at design and innovation without compromising standards."
House developers Hill beat Crest Nicholson, Enterprise Property Group Ltd and Laragh Homes.
RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
SPONSORED BY HILL
The Rising Star of the Year was awarded to Ruby Goddard from Estate Agents Redmayne Arnold Harris, beating last year's winner Ryan Windsor from Windsor Properties.
This award was designed to reward outstanding, emerging talent in the property industry.
The judges needed to see that they were demonstrating success beyond their day-to-day roles.
Presenting the award on behalf of Hill was David Eardley, Regional Managing Director.
The judges described how Ruby Goddard stood out and said: "Showing great potential in an already impressive career, building strong business relationships and demonstrating that a high quality service is equally highly valued."
Ruby Goddard beat Dale Robinson from 29 Architecture, Emily Mayhew from Savills, George Byford from Haart and Laragh Homes, and Ryan Windsor from Windsor & Patania.
SMALL DEVELOPMENT OF THE YEAR
The winner this year was Amherst Homes for their development of Carter's Farm Barns and the runners up were The Fledglings by Palace Green Homes, Moorefield by Hill, Saxon Meadow by Arbora Homes, The Pastures by Laragh Homes and The Wyndhams by Amherst Homes.
In this category, the judges were looking for a new development which is now near completion if not complete.
The award was to be presented to a development that is not more than 30 residences.
The judges said: "To refurbish a Grade II listed building is an art in itself, having to adhere to so many listed planning requirements as well as the need to do this in a sensitive and sympathetic way with thoughtful spaces and detail as well.
"The restoration of the farmhouse and conversion of the Barns at Carters Farm Barn's has not changed the natural landscape of this beautiful village but has merely enhancing what has already there."
LARGE DEVELOPMENT OF THE YEAR
The winner was Hill's development of Athena and the runners up were developments Birches Tye by Hopkins Homes, Halo by Crest Nicholson and Thorpe Lea by Enterprise Property Group Ltd.
The judges were looking for a development which has been built or underway during 2018 and near completion if not complete.
Commenting, the judges said: "With some really wonderful developments here, it was a very tough choice.
"However, a high quality development where design quality provides added value.
"A modern and sustainable development on a high profile site in Cambridge."
INNOVATION OF THE YEAR
SPONSORED BY BARR ELLISON
The winner was Palace Green Homes and the runner up was Cygnus Homes.
In this category the judges were looking for creativity and forward thinking within our region.
The category was open to a developer or agency taking a new approach within their field.
Elizabeth Deyong, a property partner from Sponsors Barr Ellison, presented this award.
Since Palace Green Homes launched in the spring of 2016 it has been a pioneer at the forefront of community led development.
As one of the first development companies to be set up by a local authority, its focus was innovation, to effect change by capturing land value uplift created from development to make a difference to communities-not just building homes for a profit.
NEGOTIATOR OF THE YEAR
This winner is Emily Mayhew from Savills and the runners up are Amman Naveed-Akhtar from Haart, Andrew Tucker from Bidwells, Caron Tate from Cheffins and Julia Bailey from Cooke Curtis & Co.
The judges were looking for an individual who has successfully negotiated and completed a highly successful deal within the last two years, with focus on quality rather than quantity. Of Emily the judges said:
"Emily shows a diverse range of skills across both management and sales, and has developed a reputation to match. Impressive and, perhaps, just a bit terrifying. Well done!"
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
The winner was The Mortgage Broker and the runner up was Laragh Homes-Manor Farm.
In this category, the judges were looking for community driven projects for the benefit of a local area.
The end result will be a project that has improved the services of a local community.
The Mortgage Broker support a local homeless charity two nights per week every week of the year helping around 120 homeless people per week.
Their staff contribute time and effort to making and serving hot and cold food and drink.
They also provide a drop off for donations at their head office and also provide storage for donations as well as the transport bus of which the volunteers use to travel to Peterborough twice a week.
The judges said of The Mortgage Broker: "Responding to the needs of those in desperate circumstances is truly impressive and should be applauded.
"It goes beyond the property market and actively supports the community."
The Winner was Andrew Bush from Bush Sales and the runners up were Daniel Sumner from Haart, Jamie Curtis from Cooke Curtis & Co and Rebecca Wilson from Bidwells.
This special award is presented to a property professional based in our catchment area who has made an outstanding contribution within the property sector over a long period of time.
His colleagues noted:
“Andrew has always been keen to give something back to the community which he serves through sponsorship of events like the Mill Road winter fair and Ridgefield school summer fete to name but a few. Andrews property knowledge has seen him as the go to agent in Mill Road when people need advice and he genuinely relishes the opportunity to help wherever he can. Many agents have benefitted from Andrews expert guidance over the years and we are lucky to have such a dedicated professional amongst us.”
CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD
The winner was Caron Tate from Cheffins and the runners up were Best Let Cambridge, Bush Homes, Hill Customer Service Team, Haart Cambridge Team, Vincent Shaw Estate Agents and Windsor & Patania Architects.
As in previous years, this category was judges purely by public vote.
The criteria for this was to find a team or an individual that has gone that extra mile in terms of first class service.
ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD OF THE YEAR
The winner was Marmalade Lane by Town and Trivselhus and the runner up was Athena by Hill.
In this category judges were looking for a focus on 'Green Projects' within the last two years that have had a positive impact on the environment.
Of the winners, the judges said: “This development is forward looking and combines a community driven spirit with high Passivhaus sustainability targets, whilst utilising modern technology to deliver at reasonable cost. Every developer should be looking at this.”
We understand the importance of attracting the younger generation to a career in construction so are extremely proud to be sponsoring the Rising Star category for the fourth year in a row. This category is a great opportunity to showcase the outstanding work that newcomers to the industry have achieved so far. Through our Management Trainee Programme we have been lucky enough to witness our own trainees grow and develop their skills in their roles here at Hill and watch as they have gone on to do great things for the house building industry. We look forward to having the privilege of meeting all of the Rising Stars shortlisted for the category at the awards and are also excited to see if we can retain our title as Developer of the Year for the fourth year running.
Barr Ellisons real estate team delivers exceptional service and robust commercial as well as technical advice to a wide range of property sector clients. Our development team works with owners, developers, funders and occupiers on a host of landmark sites within the City. We are sponsoring the Innovation of the Year award because innovation is a core value that underpins the Citys economy. We believe that successful property businesses place innovation high on their agenda.
PEM, the largest firm of accountants and tax advisers based in Cambridge, are proud sponsors of the Developer of the Year Award. Located in the heart of the city, PEMs property team is made up of experienced individuals with an extensive understanding of the residential and commercial market. With clients involved in property development, investment and construction PEM is delighted to be sponsoring these awards for the third time.