More than 200 leaders of the built environment profession gathered at NZME to acknowledge the leaders in New Zealand property industry. The RICS NZ Awards has received a record number of entries received from across the country.

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RICS Oceania MD, Stephen Albin said “ The property market in NZ is in a great shape and when the market is growing we see a major step change in the performance of firms and their professionals. It is encouraging to see a large number of entries and I congratulate all finalists.”

The Awards also recognise individual contributions to the built environment with a lifetime achievement award, property professional, construction professional and young achiever awards.

As a global business, RICS is responsible for raising standards in the built environment and these awards are a critical step in that process. A buoyant property market, sound regulation of the profession, leading education institutions and an appetite for innovation has created a world class industry.” Mr Albin said.

Of particular note is the Lifetime Achievement Award. Professor Deborah Levy from University of Auckland Professor Levy has dedicated her professional career to educating generations of property professionals.

Mr Albin said that “The contribution of individuals in the profession have a real impact in shaping the industry. There is little doubt that Professor Levy has had a profound impact on the professionalism in NZ market.”

The Awards are held annually and are decided by a panel of expert, independent judges.

The winners

Building Surveying Team - Maynard Marks

Judges’ Comments: The judges were especially impressed with the focus of Maynard Marks on teamwork and training in relation to asbestos related services. The submission clearly demonstrated their approach to a controlled and safe approach in dealing with this material

Commercial Agency Team - Bayleys

Judges’ Comments: Bayleys has a proud reputation as a commercial firm founded in family values, based in a corporate environment that demands integrity, excellence and results from its' staff. Their innovative approach was clearly demonstrated within their submission, backed with results and an inclusive team based approach.

Facilities Management Team Panuku Development

Judges’ Comments: Panuku Development's submission focused on their role with the Westhaven Marina project. Panuku have delivered clear value for this critical asset though an integrated team based approach. Their ability to connect with and involve external parties and organisations was a clear benefit to the project. The judges commend their approach to becoming involved with marina cadetships

Industrial Team - Colliers

Judges’ Comments: Led by national director of industrial sales, Greg Goldfinch, the Colliers industrial team achieved its second biggest year of results and revenue in 2016 during its 20 plus year history. The team completed over 180 transactions totalling more than $700M over the period. Also in 2016, 11 of the team’s 14 brokers qualified for Colliers’ results-based High Performance Club. The testimonials provided by four of New Zealand's leading industrial property owners provided a clear indication of the strength of Greg and his team.

Project Management Team AECOM

Judges’ Comments: The AECOM Christchurch team has grown quickly since its inception in 2013 to lead some of Christchurch’s largest and most complex projects including the Metro Sports Facility and the New Central Library. Complimenting this the team is also responsible for the programme management of the $1b Ōtākaro rebuild programme. The judges were impressed with the focus on teamwork and collaboration to solve challenging project and stakeholder issues. It was pleasing to see the depth of collegiality and friendship amongst members of the team that underpinned their ability to work together to achieve impressive results.

Quantity Surveying Team - AECOM

Judges’ Comments: AECOM's quantity surveying team delivered a challenging and difficult project during complex earthquake related issues. The panel of judges particularly noted their attention to detail on a project that was fully occupied during construction and related cost forecasting. Teamwork and representing the client's best interests were clearly articulated within their submission.

Research & Consultancy Team - Buildcode

Judges’ Comments: Building Code Consultants Ltd (BCCL) in conjunction with Massey University Construction Programme and MWH Global – Stantec provided a winning submission based on their depth of knowledge and experience within their selected projects. BCCL has an interest in the chronic health effects of the built environment. It is an area not well recognised by the building/engineering industry, and has also received little attention to date by public health practitioners. These special areas of interest and expertise led to Dr Walls of BCCL, a RICS Chartered Building Surveyor, in recent years carrying out research relating to the effects of the built environment (including the residential and commercial property sector) on the health and amenity of people.

Retail Team - Colliers

Judges’ Comments: Colliers International’s market-leading real estate management team employs close to 100 staff and manages the largest shopping centre portfolio in New Zealand. One of the team’s key projects in 2016 was Bethlehem Town Centre. The project was a great success, evidenced by an 84% reduction in the centre’s outstanding debt, a marketing push that has generated sales growth and significantly enhanced the centre’s online presence, the specialty retail rentals achieved exceeded budget by almost 7% and retail occupancy increased by 13% to now be approximately 97%. Teamwork and a focus on professionalism were clearly identified within the award submission.

Valuation Team - CBRE

Judges’ Comments: CBRE’s Valuation and Advisory Services division is committed to providing cost effective, timely, commercially-based and technically-sound consultancy advice. Their award submission focused demonstrated a well thought through professional approach to the valuation of retirement / aged care portfolios and gave the judges a clear indication of the added value provided to the client over and above the specific requirements of the services sought. The team, led by Michael Gunn went above and beyond the norm to deliver to exceed expectations

Construction Professional - Anna Wallace

Judges’ Comments: During the year, Anna has been involved in the regeneration of the Wynyard Quarter. Over this time, Anna has displayed exemplary professionalism as noted by the seven client organisations that nominated her for this award. She ensured all stakeholders remained part of the project delivery process, whilst formulating necessary compromises to handle conflicting objectives. Anna showed consistent firmness and calmness to ensure 'best for project' outcomes were delivered.

Property Professional - Dale Winfield

Judges’ Comments: Dale leads the retail valuations team at JLL and was promoted in 2016 to a leadership role overseeing the wide valuation and advisory team, involving the day to day running of three offices. Dale was involved in almost every major retail transaction in NZ over the last 5 years whilst managing offices that were significantly involved with post-earthquake response.

Young Achiever - Chris Farhi

Judges’ Comments: There are not many in the industry in NZ who have not come across Chris Farhi. From providing exemplary professional service to clients to working to foster support for the profession, Chris typifies all that embodies a future professional leader. Last year he was awarded the Colliers International Professional Services Shield by his peers and has also been the NZ Defence Force reservist of the year. A part time lecturer at the University of Auckland Business School, Chris is also imparting his rapidly growing expertise and knowledge to future professionals.

Lifetime Achievement Award - Professor Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy arrived 31 years ago as a young Bachelor of Land Economy from the University of Aberdeen, arrived in New Zealand on a three-year contract to lecture in Property for the Bachelor of Property Administration at the University of Auckland. And, as they say, the rest is history. Deborah who is known as the history of RICS in New Zealand, gained accreditation of the BProp Auckland from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2002.Our industry owes an enormous debt to Deborah and her team who have "fed" us with extremely well educated and rounded property graduates. These Graduates probably exceed 2000 now serving our industry as true professionals. - John Cameron, Managing Director PPCS Professional Property Consultancy Services.

For further information Mike Stevens RICS NZ phone 027 4251633 email mstevens@rics.org

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