Setting a benchmark for excellence in the region’s property sector, the 2014 Thailand Property Awards welcomed over 500 of the industry’s leaders to celebrate the winners at a lavish Gala Dinner held 11th September at Bangkok’s Conrad Hotel.
“There were many exceptional entries for the 22 awards this year and the judges had a tough time in whittling down thousands of nominations, hundreds of entries and visiting more than 40 short-listed developments around the country to finally reach their decisions. It’s never an easy task and I’d like to thank the judges for their time, diligence and expertise,” said Terry Blackburn, CEO, Ensign Media Co. Ltd., organisers of the awards.
Terrence Allen Collins, MD of Bravothai Lifestyles Co., Ltd. is delighted with the win for The Vineyard.
“This year’s winners and highly commended developers and developments should be rightly proud of their achievements.”
Run by Ensign Media, publishers of Property Report magazine, the ninth annual Thailand Property Awards recognise quality in architecture, design, construction and development, rewarding the best condominiums, housing developments, villas, commercial buildings and hotels. Promoting Thai real estate to the world, the fair, transparent and fully audited judging process with an international judging panel led by Chairman Sunchai Nuengsit, Managing Director, BuilderSmart Public Company Limited and overseen by BDO Advisory Limited, has been fundamental to the Awards’ success and the high regard with which they are held by the industry.
Rony Fineman from Nova Group accepts his award and says, “Nova is very proud of the award and this is the third year straight that we win this prestigious award. It makes us even more aware and determined to do better all the time. Both Kobi and myself are proud of this honor and looking forward to residence of Amari moving in next year … we will deliver more than expectations.”
Five VIP speakers gave insightful speeches before the awards ceremony, including Blackburn, who gave the opening remarks, and Nuengsit, who spoke on behalf of the judges’ panel. The others were Paul Ashburn, Senior Partner at BDO; keynote speaker Dr Robert Mather, head of the Southeast Asian group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN); and the evening’s Guest of Honour, Dr Naris Chaiyasoot, Director-General of the Treasury Department at the Ministry of Finance of Thailand.
As the industry evolves, so have the Awards and organisers this year opted for no agency awards with the focus being on developers, development, design and architecture in residential and commercial real estate nationwide, including specific regional awards for Bangkok, Phuket, Eastern Seaboard, Samui, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai and Khao Yai.
(L to R) Rony Fineman and Kobi Elbaz receive their award from Thailand Property Awards judge Mark Bowling.
Big winners of the night for Pattaya were Amari Residences by The Nova Group, winner of Best Condo Development (Eastern Seaboard); The Vineyard, Phase Three, La Residence by Bravothai Lifestyles Co., Ltd., winner of Best Villa Development (Eastern Seaboard); Silverlake Vineyard and Winery by Silverlake Vineyard Co., Ltd., winner Best Landscape Architectural Design (national) and Centara Grand Phratamnak by Tulip Group, highly commended Best Hotel Architectural Design (national).
List of local winners and highly commended at the 2014 Thailand Property Awards:
Best Condo Development (Eastern Seaboard)
Amari Residences by The Nova Group – Winner
Centara Avenue Residence & Suites by Tulip Group – Highly Commended
The Palm, Wongamat Beach by Nova Luxury Developments Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended
Waterfront Suites & Residence by Tulip Group – Highly Commended
Best Villa Development (Eastern Seaboard)
The Vineyard, Phase Three, La Residence by Bravothai Lifestyles Co., Ltd. – Winner
Amaya Hill by Bravothai Lifestyles Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended
Silk Road Place Pattaya by Better Home Development Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended
Best Landscape Architectural Design
Silverlake Vineyard and Winery by Silverlake Vineyard Co., Ltd. – Winner
Toscana Valley Casa del Artiste by Toscana Valley Company Limited – Highly Commended
Best Hotel Architectural Design
Point Yamu Villas by COMO Hotels & Resorts – Winner
Centara Grand Phratamnak by Tulip Group – Highly Commended
Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach by Fair and Firm Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended
All the winners in the developer, development and design categories are now automatically entered in the fourth annual South East Asia Property Awards 2014, which will be held at The Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, on 16 October.
The entire Bravothai Lifestyles Co., Ltd. team celebrates with judge Mark Bowling.
The central panel of judges at the 2014 Thailand Property Awards included Bill Barnett, founder and managing director, C9 Hotelworks; Teresa Biesty, managing director, Access Property Limited; Ian Hamilton, commercial and industrial property specialist; and Dr Theerathon Tharachai, CFO, Project Planning Service Public Company Limited; while the regional panel heads were Keith Humphreys, managing director, Keith Humphreys & Associates, for Chiang Mai; Clayton Wade, managing director, Premier Homes Real Estate, for the Easter Seaboard; Russ Downing, managing director, Hua Hin Property Central, for Hua Hin; Robert Krupica, senior partner, Hughes Krupica, for Phuket; and Christian Glanville, CEO, Limcharoen, for Samui.
“It’s been a challenging year for Thailand’s real estate and the industry has shown resilience and maturity. It is now stronger and well-positioned for 2015 with the opening up of ASEAN and the ASEAN Economic Community,” added Blackburn.
Started in Thailand in 2006, the awards programme has expanded Asia-wide, rewarding developments, consultants, architects and designers in China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, with the emerging industry in Myanmar the most recent to be added in 2015.
For more information, visit www.asiapropertyawards.com/thailandpropertyawards.