The NWPAs 2017 – The winners
A year of North West residential property success was recently celebrated as the spectacular annual NWPAs returned.
The glittering black tie event, sponsored by Countryside, rolled into Lutyens Crypt at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral with a fabulous circus theme, and brought a host of firsts for 2017.
There were brand new awards, new sponsors and, of course, a new group of worthy nominees and winners.
Long established Liverpool-based architect practice Brock Carmichael was among the firms backing the event for the first time this year, as it sponsored the prestigious Regeneration Award on the night.
“The practice has been involved in regeneration since our inception in 1974 so we’re very proud to be here tonight championing it,” said managing partner Chris Bolland during the event, which also saw a number of awards being given for commercial property achievements.
“The award is showcasing some fantastic regeneration projects and I think the future’s strong for that.”
Glamorous NWPAs attendees enjoyed a drinks reception sponsored by Furnish That Room before sitting down to a lavish three-course meal. There was also entertainment in the form of live dance, music and magic, and guests went head to head in a quiz using interactive keypads.
The tech gadgets also paved the way for the presentation of the inaugural Interactive Award, which saw guests choose the best dressed table.
Plus there was tough competition throughout the other categories this year, which brought a big night for double prize-winning developer Urban Splash.
The firm was awarded the Best Commercial Scheme title for its Stubbs Mill project in Manchester, before winning the Best New Home (large scheme) award for its modular housebuilding concept, ‘House’.
Liverpool agent Abode also continued its reign of success as it held onto its Residential Property Agency of the Year crown for the fourth year running.
The NWPAs 2017 esteemed panel of expert judges included Alastair Shepherd, director of Falconer Chester Hall (FCH); Lesley MartinWright, CEO of Knowsley Chamber; and Elaine Cunningham, owner of Elaine Cunningham Design Studio.
Best New Home
The 2017 Best New Home category attracted such a strong and diverse range of entries that it was subdivided into a trio of accolades recognising small, mid-sized and large schemes;
Blueoak Estates’ Lingdale project in West Kirkby was named the winning small scheme and Iain MacLean, the developer’s managing director, said: “I’m really proud of the Blueoak Estates team for winning this award. It really was a great team effort and it’s a fantastic scheme.” Wellington Grove by Forth Homes was chosen as the runner up
Winterley Garden by Stewart Milne Homes won the midsized prize, with JCC Building Services’ Chancery House project acknowledged as the runner up.
On receiving the accolade Eamonn McInerney, sales and marketing director for Stewart Milne North West, said: “Winning this award has been down to a superb effort by the whole team both back at the office and on site.
“We’re delighted to be part of tonight’s brilliant awards ceremony.”
Urban Splash’s modular concept ‘House’ achieved a victory in the large scheme section, providing the firm’s second win of the night.
Jonathan Falkingham, co-founder of Urban Splash, which also picked up the Best Commercial Scheme prize, said: “With ‘House’ we’re trying to introduce a new model to housing by creating designer homes that people can bespoke themselves to suit how they want to live. We’re delighted to have won an award for this.”
Countryside received another nod as it was named runner up for The Ashley at Gateacre Park.
Residential Property Agency of the Year
Sponsored by Redrow Homes Lancashire
Abode retained its crown as the Residential Property Agency of the Year.
The Allerton and Crosby based agency’s director, David Burns, picked up the prize alongside his team and said: “We’re delighted to have won it again for the fourth year.”
Bluerow Homes was confirmed this year’s runner up.
Best Property Law Firm
Sponsored by UK Business Supplies
In its final year with managing partner Paul Bibby at the helm, MSB Solicitors took home the coveted Best Property Law Firm title.
Client testimonials, growth, customer service and innovative approaches were considered during the judging of the category, which attracted region-wide entries.
Paul, who recently announced his retirement from MSB next year, said he was “delighted” for the firm to win and have its prominence acknowledged.
He added: “I think this recognises that MSB is not just a law firm on a one-dimensional level. We embrace every single aspect of community life and I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve won once again.”
Paul Crowley & Co Solicitors was announced as runner up.
Best Affordable Home to Rent or Buy
This year’s Best Affordable Home category recognised rental properties as well as those for sale, and judges said nominees demonstrated “clever design, careful planning and creative flair”.
The panel chose One Vision Housing’s (OVH) Kilnyard Road project in Crosby as the winner.
Roy Williams, chief executive of OVH, said: “We’re absolutely delighted. To have won an award in such prestigious company really means a lot.”
Countryside was named runner up for The Weaver at Barrowcroft Green.
Best Student Landlord
Sponsored by The Foundry Agency
Standards were high as all nominees were said to have built “strong student communities garnered through excellent customer care, events, social media and charity work”, and Fresh Student Living was named the winner.
Jennifer Noctor, head of operations at Fresh Property Group, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be recognised for all the hard work we’ve put forward.
“Customer service and keeping standards high is our focus with student accommodation so we’re really glad that it’s been recognised tonight.” Caro Student Living took the runner up place.
Show Home of the Year
Sponsored by MSB Solicitors
Redrow Homes enjoyed a successful night as it won in a category which attracted an “outstanding” level of interior design quality this year.
Reacting to the victory Emma Brindley, group interior design manager for Redrow Homes, said: “We’re absolutely over the moon to have won this award and I’m so proud of the whole team.”
The Regent at Belgravia by Countryside was named runner up.
Judge’s Special Award
Sponsored by The Sovini Group
In its 15th anniversary year, the charity Housing People Building Communities (HPBC) received a special award for its work creating low cost homes in the city.
Its pioneering ‘sweat equity’ initiative has helped make properties more affordable by enabling ‘partners’ to spend 500 hours building their home in return for a £10,000 deposit contribution.
Shannon Ledbetter, founder and chair of HPBC, said: “It’s absolutely amazing that we’ve won this award. It’s testimony to the thousands of people and supporters who have believed in us from the very beginning.
“We’re hoping to move on from here to bigger things with more people and having more exciting projects; helping people to find good, affordable houses which they can call home.”
Sponsored by Brock Carmichael
Residential projects dominated the shortlist for this year’s prestigious Regeneration Award, with Countryside’s Highfield Green development in Kirkby taking the title.
Tracey Ward, sales manager at Countryside which previously won the prize for its New Broughton Village scheme, said: “We’re delighted to have won the Regeneration Award again for the second year running – this time for Highfield Green. The scheme has been really successful.”
The transformation of Liverpool city centre’s Chancery House was named runner up.
Sponsored by BMD Law
In a first for 2017, guests at the black tie ceremony were asked to choose the best dressed table on the night.
Attendees cast their votes via a digital keypad and there could only be one winner. Donning tuxedos and glittering gowns, guests at the Luxor Estates table took the first accolade of the night.