Thailand’s real estate excellence celebrated at 2014 Thailand Property Awards

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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.

The Bravothai Lifestyles Co., Ltd. team from Pattaya celebrate their Thailand Property Awards win for The Vineyard with judge Mark Bowling. The Bravothai Lifestyles Co., Ltd. team from Pattaya celebrate their Thailand Property Awards win for The Vineyard with judge Mark Bowling.

Run by Ensign Media, publishers of Property Report magazine, the ninth annual Thailand Property Awards recognised quality in architecture, design, construction and development, rewarding the best condominiums, housing developments, villas, commercial buildings and hotels.  The international judging panel was led by Chairman Sunchai Nuengsit, Managing Director, BuilderSmart Public Company Limited and was overseen by BDO Advisory Limited.

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 residents of Amari moving in next year … we will deliver more than expectations.”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 residents 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.(L to R) Rony Fineman and Kobi Elbaz receive their award from Thailand Property Awards judge Mark Bowling.

The much-anticipated ‘Best Developer Thailand’ award – past winners of which reads like a who’s who of Thailand’s real estate industry – this year went to Major Development PCL whose more than 15-year track record of real estate development in the Kingdom is exemplary.

Big winners of the night were Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited, who took home three awards and were Highly Commended in two other categories, while Pace Development Corporation PLC took home the highly sought-after ‘Best Luxury Condo Development (Bangkok)’ award against some tough competition for The Ritz-Carlton Residences at MahaNakhon.

Dennis Dila is all smiles as he accepts the award for Best Landscape Architectural Design on behalf of Silverlake Vineyard & Winery.Dennis Dila is all smiles as he accepts the award for Best Landscape Architectural Design on behalf of Silverlake Vineyard & Winery.

On the Eastern Seaboard, Amari Residences by The Nova Group was the winner of Best Condo Development (Eastern Seaboard); Silverlake Vineyard and Winery by Silverlake Vineyard Co., Ltd., won Best Landscape Architectural Design (national) and Bravothai Lifestyles Co. Ltd. won awards for their The Vineyard, Phase Three, La Residence – Winner Best Villa Development (Eastern Seaboard), and Amaya Hill by Bravothai Lifestyles Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended Best Villa Development (Eastern Seaboard).  Centara Grand Phratamnak by Tulip Group was also highly commended in the Best Hotel Architectural Design (national) category.

Bravothai Lifestyles Co., Ltd. MD, Terrence Allen Collins stated that his team was extremely thrilled that The Vineyard finally won the award for best villa development Eastern Seaboard after coming second for three years running.  To add to the excitement, Bravothai also came second with their newest project Amaya Hill.

Terry also stated that he is planning a new mega project in the near future and his commitment to Pattaya is stronger than ever.  He said that his ambition is for his projects to come first, second and third in the same category “Best Villa Development Eastern Seaboard” in the years to come.

“We would also like to thank all the realtors in Pattaya as well as our residents for their support over the years, the positive feedback and congratulations we have received has been very complementary and we all feel very humbled by the whole experience.  We feel genuine love for the Pattaya real estate market and for the people involved and plan to continue raising the benchmark on quality, design and customer service in the years to come.  Watch this space,” he concluded.

Terrence Allen Collins, MD of Bravothai Lifestyles Co., Ltd. is delighted with the win for The Vineyard.Terrence Allen Collins, MD of Bravothai Lifestyles Co., Ltd. is delighted with the win for The Vineyard.

Recognising the growing social and community responsibility that developers have, organisers Ensign Media this year introduced the ‘Special Recognition in CSR’ award which was awarded to two companies who have excelled in their corporate and social responsibilities: Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited and Absolute World Group.

The publisher’s choice award for Real Estate Personality of the Year was presented to Tos Chirathivat, the 49-year-old Chief Executive Officer of The Central Group.  Chirathivat’s vision and leadership in the past year have been a testament to his firm’s success, as well as an instrument for his firm’s plans for regional and international expansion.

Following is the full list of Winners at the 2014 Thailand Property Awards:

Developer

Best Developer Thailand

Major Development PCL – Winner

Best Boutique Developer Thailand

SLM Real Estate Co. Ltd. (Trading as Orchid Palm Homes) – Winner

Special Recognition in CSR

Absolute World Group – Winner

Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited – Winner

Development

Best Luxury Condo Development (Bangkok)

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok at MahaNakhon by Pace Development Corporation PLC – Winner

Best Affordable Condo Development (Bangkok)

Than Living Pracha Uthit by Kitha Properties Co., Ltd. – Winner

Best Housing Development (Bangkok)

Soul Ratchadaphisek 68 by AP (Thailand) Public Company Limited – Winner

Best Condo Development (Phuket)

Baan Mai Khao by Sansiri PLC – Winner

Best Villa Development (Phuket)

Point Yamu Villas by COMO by COMO Hotels & Resorts – Winner

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 Residential Development (Samui)

The Ridge by Panoramic Estate Company – Winner

Best Residential Development (Hua Hin)

My Resort by My Resort Holding Co., Ltd. – Winner

Best Residential Development (Chiang Mai)

Baan Chiang Mai Riverside by Vorrawut Property Development Co., Ltd. – Winner

Best Residential Development (Khao Yai)

Toscana Valley Casa Del Artiste by Toscana Valley Company Limited – Winner

Best Commercial Development

AIA Capital Center by AIA Company Limited – Winner

Design

Best Residential Architectural Design

Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard by Magnolia Finest Corporation Limited – Winner

Best Residential Interior Design

Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard by Magnolia Finest Corporation Limited – Winner

Best Commercial Architectural Design

The District Em by The Emporium Group Co., Ltd. – Winner

Best Landscape Architectural Design

Silverlake Vineyard and Winery by Silverlake Vineyard Co., Ltd. – Winner

Best Villa Architectural Design

Villa Seawadee by STK Development Co., Ltd. – Winner

Best Hotel Architectural Design

Point Yamu Villas by COMO Hotels & Resorts – Winner

Centara Grand Phratamnak by Tulip Group ­ Highly Commended

Publisher’s Choice

Real Estate Personality of the Year

Tos Chirathivat, CEO, The Central Group

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.