Plenty of pairs and aces at CEEQA 2016
Summary and Results
- Shooting star Griffin Real Estate lands double of Investor of the Year title and overall Company of the Year titles at 2016 CEEQA Gala, Skanska and JLL also score double wins
- Aviatica office building in Prague shines brightest in Building Awards categories with Office Development of the Year and Building of the Year CEE awards, Mega Mall Bucharest and Forum Lviv also successful as no building awards go to Poland for the first time.
- P3 CEO Ian Worboys lifts Industry Professional of the Year award
- Music legend Bonnie Tyler leads entertainment pyrogenics with incomparable live show
The thirteenth annual CEEQA Gala raised the bar once more with its unique blend of serious business and serious entertainment thrilling a crowd of more than 700 sector leaders from more than 50 countries at SOHO Factory in Warsaw on Tuesday night including a memorable live concert by music legend Bonnie Tyler.
Warsaw based real estate investor and developer Griffin Real Estate continued their extraordinary rise up the New Europe real estate charts with the awards for Investor of the Year and, for the second year running, overall Company of the Year in the 2016 edition of the CEEQA Awards, while Skanska continued their run of CEEQA successes with another two awards in the Developer of the Year and overall Green Leadership categories, adding to their earlier successes in the RealGreen Developer and RealGreen Building of the Year categories announced at the CEEQA@Mipim reception in March, the fourth time the Swedish company has won four awards or more in the past five years.
Global advisor JLL was also a multiple winner in the Agent of the Year Office Agency and Capital Markets categories and remain the only company to have won a CEEQA award every year for the past thirteen years since its inception, as were New Europe Property Investments (NEPI) in picking up the Building of the Year SEE award for their Mega Mall Bucharest project as well as the Rising Star award, while Penta Investments’ Aviatica project in Prague was named Office Building of the Year as well as overall Building of the Year CEE. Also in the buildings section Multi Corporation were successful in the Retail Development category with their Forum Lviv shopping centre in Lviv, western Ukraine, and the Hotel, Leisure and Residential Development of the Year award went to the new Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel in Mlini, Croatia.
The awards are the sector’s most respected industry recognition, organised each year in association with the Financial Times to reward excellence and to showcase the achievements and opportunities of the New Europe real estate sector to the international investment arena. They are free to enter and are judged by a jury panel of senior industry representatives of market leading companies across Central & Eastern Europe and Southeast Europe with the voting closely supervised by globally trusted consultants Deloitte. The 2016 CEEQA Gala was hosted for the eighth time by celebrated Polish broadcaster Monika Zamachowska and CEEQA founder and CEO, Richard Hallward.
Also successful in the Agent of the Year categories were Cushman & Wakefield with the award for Retail & Leisure Agency and Colliers International with the award for Industrial Agency, while CBRE picked up the award for Property Management Company of the Year.
Dentons stamped its extraordinary domination of the Legal & Financial Services category once again, as did Panattoni Europe in the Industrial Developer category and Arcadis in the Development Services category, as Helaba lifted the Lender of the Year award for the second time running and the third time in five years. Strabag were named Construction Company of the Year.
However one of the highlights of the night was the crowning of Ian Worboys, CEO of P3 Logistic Parks, as 2016 CEEQA Industry Professional of the Year. Having built the regional company into a marketing leading logistics developer to rival the international power houses active in the region, he has shown impressive leadership in the past year as his company has firmly established itself as a top 3 player in the segment.
In addition to the live show by Bonnie Tyler, gala guests were treated to an opera singing performance by rising international star Adriana Ferfecka, lounge sessions by Milan based musician and DJ/Producer Gioli Lipari and late night sessions by DJ Trent, among a stellar array of entertainment and adventure playground fare including a casino, juice station, cheesy disco, sponsored bars and cafes, late night street food. The Dziubek Band brass orchestra from Wroclaw kept the awards ceremony swinging with a tribute to the late, great David Bowie with a selection of his best tunes through the awards ceremony, mime troupe Mimello and local magician Kacper kept guests entertained throughout the evening with circus antics, clowning and magic. Gala guests raised a total of 22,000 euros for a local children’s charity Fundacja Dziecieca Fantazja.
Information about next year’s awards itinerary and 2017 CEEQA Gala will be released in November 2016. In the mean time we thank all partners, guests and contributors to CEEQA 2016 and wish all market participants another successful year.