SE Asia’s best celebrated at 2014 Property Awards

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The region’s leading figures in real estate, architecture and design came together on 16 October to celebrate the Winners and Highly Commended at the fourth annual South East Asia Property Awards 2014.

After more than six months of comprehensive deliberation and site visits across South East Asia, the most prestigious industry accolades were given out at a lavish Gala Dinner and presentation ceremony held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore.

Recipients of awards at the 2014 South East Asia Property Awards gala dinner pose for a group photo at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore, October 16.

Ensign Media, organisers of the Awards and publishers of industry-leading Property Report Magazine, presented a total of 32 awards to recognise the best developers, developments, design and real estate personality of the region, covering Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

“We began 2014 in Manila, with the Philippines Property Awards on August 19 where we presented 17 awards to 14 companies.  After that we moved onto the Kuala Lumpur on August 26 where we presented 19 awards to 13 developers at the South East Asia Property Awards (Malaysia).  Finally, in Bangkok on September 11 at the Thailand Property Awards we presented 23 awards to 19 developers,” said Terry Blackburn, CEO at Ensign Media.

Point Yamu Villas in Phuket by COMO Hotels & Resorts received the honour for Best Villa Development (South East Asia).Point Yamu Villas in Phuket by COMO Hotels & Resorts received the honour for Best Villa Development (South East Asia).

“In total, from our regional events we have presented 59 awards to 46 developers.  These represent the finest projects and developers in ASEAN.  All the winners of those awards alongside entrants from Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia competed here in Singapore and the 32 winners therefore truly do represent the best of the best in South East Asia.  They should all be immensely proud of their achievement,” he said.

Taking the top honour of the evening was the Philippines’ Ayala Land Inc, which was named Best Developer (South East Asia), beating out Major Development PCL and Sunway Integrated Properties—previously announced as Best Developer Winners in Thailand and Malaysia—and Vingroup Joint Stock Company, Sinar Mas Land, and Frasers Centrepoint Ltd, the freshly named Best Developer Winners for Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore, respectively.

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok at MahaNakhon was voted Best Condo Development (South East Asia).

Joining the ranks of previously named companies from the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand as the best property companies in the region with exemplary values in corporate social responsibility, Special Recognition in CSR awards were presented to Singapore’s CapitaLand Limited, Indonesia’s PT. Lippo Karawaci Tbk, and Vietnam’s VinaCapital.

Keppel Land’s International Financial Centre Tower 2 in Jakarta’s business district took the Best Green Development award.Keppel Land’s International Financial Centre Tower 2 in Jakarta’s business district took the Best Green Development award.

The other awards that were handed out were for Best Condo Developments in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines; the Best Housing Developments in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines; and Best Residential Development in Indonesia.  The Best Commercial Developments in Indonesia and the Philippines were also named, as well as the Best Villa Development in Thailand and the Best Villa Development in Vietnam.

Repeating their triumphs at this year’s Thailand Property Awards, Point Yamu Villas by COMO Hotels & Resorts received the honour for Best Villa Development (South East Asia); The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok at MahaNakhon by Pace Development Corporation PLC was voted Best Condo Development (South East Asia); and AIA Capital Center by AIA Company Limited won the Best Commercial Development (South East Asia) award.

Recognising the increasing importance of green and sustainable developments in Southeast Asia, the judges named International Financial Centre Tower 2 Jakarta by PT Keppel Land Investama as Winner of the Best Green Development award, beating out tough competition from CIBIS Tower 9 at CIBIS Business Park by PT. Bhumyamca Sekawan, and Ecopark Vietnam by Viet Hung Urban Development & Investment Company (VIHAJICO).

In addition to the aforementioned developer and development awards, the South East Asia Property Awards also celebrated the most outstanding architectural and interior designs across the region, via the Best Residential Architectural Design, Best Commercial Architectural Design, Best Landscape Architectural Design, Best Hotel Architectural Design, and Best Residential Interior Design awards.

Meanwhile, the editorial team at Property Report Magazine selected Chinese-Indonesian tycoon James Riady, CEO of the Lippo Group, as the recipient of the South East Asia Real Estate Personality of the Year Award 2014, in recognition of his significant and positive influence on the region’s emerging property markets.

Started in Thailand in 2006, the Asia Property Awards series will expand next year to include inaugural events in Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia.

“In 2015 we will run debut events in Ho Chi Minh City, Yangon and Jakarta, as well as further awards in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines,” Blackburn said.  “So the next Awards programme truly will be our most comprehensive ever.  Throughout the awards expansion the goal has remained the same—to become the benchmark for the recognition of high quality real estate in ASEAN.”