2024 AWARDS CATEGORIES

Entries are now open for the Property Awards 2024! Take a look through the categories and entry criteria below.

There are EIGHT New categories for 2024:

PropTech Solution of the Year

ED&I Initiative of the Year

Property Week Leader of the Year

Deal of the Year - Commercial Property (Under £50 Million)

Deal of the Year – Commercial Property (Over £50 Million)

Large Property Agency of the Year (over 100 employees)

Small Property Agency of the Year (under 100 employees)

Sustainability Initiative – Commercial Property


DEADLINE*: 28 FEBRUARY 2024

*Please note: Entries made after 28.02.24 will incur a late fee charge of £195 for one week only (strictly no extensions past 06.03.2024 ) and nominations are only for organisations that have a presence in the UK. 


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Alternatives Team of the Year

Do you have a dedicated alternatives team that deals with some of the following alternative asset classes: student housing, PRS, later living, healthcare, hotels, self -storage, data centres, automotive, education or renewables?

Have you moved the dial in the past year with a ground-breaking initiative, strategy, or deal? Are you blazing a trail that others are following? Then we want to hear from you. This category is open to all teams specialising in alternatives. 


    To be eligible, entries must relate to the past year: 01 January 2023 – 31 December 2023

    To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

    When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

    • How you have moved the dial
    • Details of key deals and why they were so significant
    • Robust financial performance – perhaps against the odds
    • Key financials – please try to fill in as much of the form as possible and if you leave any part blank, please give a brief explanation (e.g. confidential)
    • Details of any innovations or changes in strategy introduced in the past year
    • Evidence of business development or staff/training initiatives
    • Evidence of strong client focus and positive client feedback via testimonials
    • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
    • Commitment to ESG agenda


      Newcomer Award - Commercial Property

      This category is open to organisations and individuals that have launched within the last three years or moved into a new sector in the last three years. We are looking for the rising stars of the property industry, whether you are in development, investment, agency, proptech or fund management.

      This category is open to organisations and individuals primarily operating in the commercial real estate sector. If you are primarily in the residential or student accommodation sectors, please enter the equivalent category in the RESI Awards or Student Accommodation Awards.

      To be eligible, entries must relate to the past three years: 01 January 2021 – 31 December 2023

      To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      • Outstanding achievements/success – perhaps against the odds
      • Innovation/disruption
      • Bold strategic vision
      • Positive market impact
      • Robust financial performance – perhaps against the odds
      • Strong client focus – via testimonials preferably
      • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
      • Commitment to the ESG agenda

      Placemaking & Social Value Award

      This category aims to celebrate the best commercial or commercial-led, mixed-use development scheme that has regenerated or physically improved the built environment on and around a particular site, disused building or location. The award is aimed at private-sector and public-private projects, including mixed-use but NOT pure residential. These projects might have bought land, buildings or localities back into sustainable economic use or created a built environment that changes the perception or use of a location. Projects or initiatives still at the planning stage are not eligible.

      To be eligible, entries must relate to the past year: 01 January 2023 – 31 December 2023

      To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      • Innovation and boldness of vision
      • Brilliant execution
      • The positive impact of the scheme
      • Details of how the local community was engaged and any concerns were handled
      • Details of difficulties that had to be overcome – such as the short-term impact of the development work
      • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
      • Commitment to the ESG agenda

      Developer of the Year - Commercial Property

      Are you the standout commercial real estate developer of the past year? Have you developed landmark schemes, pulled off ground-breaking deals, embarked on innovative joint ventures or pioneered new ideas that have changed the face of property development in the UK? Have you moved the dial in terms of the ESG or social impact agendas? Have you raised the bar architecturally or developed a scheme that has helped regenerate an area? Then we want to hear from you.

      To be eligible, entries must relate to the past year: 01 January 2023 – 31 December 2023

      To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      • Innovation, vision and boldness
      • Outstanding design features and a high-quality finish
      • A strong financial performance
      • Exceptional sales
      • Challenges faced and overcome
      • Commitment to sustainability, placemaking and regeneration
      • Client focus and strong understanding of tenant requirements
      • Flagship scheme that significantly contributes to the wider area
      • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
      • Commitment to the ESG agenda

      Property Company of Year

      This award is aimed specifically at property organisations (active in development and/or investment) that have made a particular impact on the property industry in the past year. Have you made an important strategic change? Have you been involved in a landmark deal that has raised the bar? Have you been involved in innovative structuring, funding or partnering initiatives? Then we want to hear from you.

      To be eligible, entries must relate to the past year: 01 January 2023 – 31 December 2023

      To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      • Strategic change, innovation or achievement
      • Examples of landmark deals
      • A strong financial performance
      • Strong client focus – via testimonials
      • Strong return on investment for clients
      • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
      • Commitment to ESG agenda

      Entrepreneur of the Year

      This award aims to celebrate an organisation or individual that has demonstrated true entrepreneurial flair, vision or innovation in UK commercial property in the past year. Have you taken risks in the face of adversity where others have battened down the hatches? Have you done something particularly different or innovative? Have you been an early mover in an area or sector that no-one else saw the potential of? Then we want to hear from you.

      To be eligible, entries must relate to the past year: 01 January 2023 – 31 December 2023

      To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      • Entrepreneurial flair
      • Outstanding achievement or innovation
      • Bold deals or strategy
      • Strong, market-defying financial performance
      • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
      • Commitment to the ESG agenda

      Property Fund Manager of the Year

      This award is aimed at organisations who manage national or international property funds but are themselves based in the UK. We are looking for someone who stands out from the crowd because they are doing something particularly audacious or different – boldly investing in a new or emerging property sector, targeting new regions or achieving demonstrable success in a sector or region others have not. Have you outperformed your competitors, over-delivered on what you promised investors or spotted trends ahead of the market? Do you have a strong and growing investor following? Then we want to hear from you.

      To be eligible, entries must relate to the past year: 01 January 2023 – 31 December 2023

      To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      • Outstanding achievement/success – perhaps against the odds
      • Bold decision making
      • Details of new initiatives or changes in strategy
      • Robust fund performance – perhaps against the odds
      • Examples of fresh capital raising
      • Strong client focus – via testimonials preferably
      • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
      • Commitment to the ESG agenda

      Legal / Professional Team of the Year - Commercial Property

      This category is aimed at law firms and specialist property consultants (or departments of larger agency firms) that provide one or more of the following: legal advice, valuation, rating, rent review and property/land and estate management. It is also open to building surveyors, firms that provide planning/development or environmental advice and practices that are strong in arbitration, claims, expert witness or legal services. It is not open to facilities management organisations or other property advisers.

      Have you moved the dial in the past year in the legal/professional space? Then we want to hear from you.

      This category is open to organisations and individuals primarily operating in the commercial real estate sector. If you are primarily in the residential sector, please enter the equivalent category in the RESI Awards.

      To be eligible, entries must relate to the past year: 01 January 2023 – 31 December 2023

      To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      • Why 2023 was a strong year for the team – perhaps against the odds
      • The range of legal or professional work you do and how this has changed
      • Details of key instructions/commissions you have won
      • Business development or staff/training initiatives
      • Robust financial performance – perhaps against the odds
      • Strong client focus and positive client feedback – for instance via testimonials
      • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
      • Commitment to the ESG agenda

      Financier of the Year - Commercial Property

      This category aims to celebrate an organisation or individual that has moved the dial in the way they have provided debt or equity financing to the commercial property market in the past year. Has your firm been particularly innovative in its approach to development finance or forward funding packages, for example? Has it targeted new areas of growth? Then we want to hear from you.

      This category is open to organisations and individuals primarily operating in the commercial real estate sector. If you are primarily in the residential or student accommodation sectors, please enter the equivalent category in the RESI Awards or Student Accommodation Awards.

      To be eligible, entries must relate to the past year: 01 January 2023 – 31 December 2023

      To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      • A bold and innovative approach to property financing
      • Specific achievements/landmark deals
      • A robust financial performance and return on investment for clients – perhaps against the odds
      • A strong client focus – via testimonials preferably
      • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
      • Commitment to the ESG agenda
      • New strategies or innovations

      Health and Wellbeing Initiative - Commercial Property

      The health and wellbeing award aims to celebrate the organisation or individual that has done the most in the past year to support the health and wellbeing of staff, occupiers or the local community.

      We are looking for an exemplary initiative, scheme or project that has raised the bar in terms of health and wellbeing. Has your building achieved a WELL certification and/or best-in-class environmental accreditation standard rating (e.g. BREEAM, LEED, SKA)? Have you done something ground-breaking to support the health and wellbeing of your staff or occupiers? Perhaps you have prioritised health and wellbeing features in a new scheme. Have you worked collaboratively on a community-focused project aimed at enhancing community health and wellbeing?

      This category is open to organisations and individuals primarily operating in the commercial real estate sector. If you are primarily in the residential or student accommodation sectors, please enter the equivalent category in the RESI Awards or Student Accommodation Awards.

      To be eligible, entries must relate to the past year: 01 January 2023 – 31 December 2023

      To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      • Details of the building, project or initiative and how health and wellbeing was considered throughout its development lifecycle
      • Why you think your achievement is so ground-breaking or innovative
      • Collaboration
      • Effective communication to and education of staff/occupiers/community
      • A demonstrable and measurable positive impact
      • Long-term vision
      • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
      • Commitment to the ESG agenda

      Social Impact Initiative - Commercial Property

      Social impact has been one of the breakthrough issues of the past few years. We want to celebrate the best social impact projects and initiatives of the past year.

      We are looking for an organisation or individual that has implemented, completed or committed to a ground-breaking social impact scheme, project or initiative that has had a real and measurable positive social impact on the community.

      This category is open to organisations and individuals primarily operating in the commercial real estate sector. If you are primarily in the residential or student accommodation sectors, please enter the equivalent category in the RESI Awards or Student Accommodation Awards.

      To be eligible, entries must relate to the past year: 01 January 2023 – 31 December 2023

      To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      • Social impact is the primary rationale
      • The scheme/project/initiative is truly community focused
      • How it is innovative/ground-breaking
      • Scale and ambition
      • Long-term vision
      • Demonstrable and measurable impact on the community
      • Capped or zero commercial returns, or implemented at a loss
      • True community engagement
      • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
      • Positive environmental impact

      Young Property Personality of the Year

      We are looking for the stars of the future, the individuals who show the sort of entrepreneurialism, tenacity and vision to steer and lead the industry in years to come. You or someone you nominate can hail from any part of the industry – be it a property organisation, a proptech company, the agency world, law… if you or your nominee, eat, drink and sleep property and lead where others follow, we want to hear from you.

      To be eligible for this award you needed to be under the age of 40 on the 31 December 2023.

      To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      • Entrepreneurial spirit
      • Creative flair/disruption 
      • Strong leadership
      • Strategic vision
      • Outstanding achievement – perhaps against the odds
      • Examples of innovative practice
      • Boldness and risk taking
      • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
      • Commitment to the ESG agenda

      Property Personality of the Year

      Judges choice: The winner will be nominated by the judges and chosen by an anonymous ballot.

      No entries will be taken for this category.

      This category is now closed

      Hall of Fame

      Judges choice: The winner will be nominated by the judges and chosen by an anonymous ballot.

      No entries will be taken for this category.

      This category is now closed

      PropTech Innovator of the Year

      This category recognises organisations that have utilised technology to deliver meaningful innovation within the property sector. Entries are open to new offerings or upgrades from dedicated proptech providers as well as property companies that have delivered technology-enabled strategic initiatives. A partnership between the two types of organisation is also eligible, The emphasis is on tangible results from innovative or game-changing initiatives implemented in the past 12 months.

      To be eligible, entries must relate to the past year: 01 January 2023 – 31 December 2023

      To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      • Genuine innovation/disruption
      • A robust business model
      • Creativity and strategic vision
      • Robust financial expectations and forecasts
      • Strong engagement with the industry
      • Potentially transformative impact on the property industry
      • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
      • Commitment to the ESG agenda

      Large Property Agency of the Year (over 100 employees)

      Open to large agencies that have significant operations in the property industry.


      Eligible agencies include but are not limited to:


      • Agencies serving a particular vertical sector such as retail and hospitality, offices, industrial & logistics, life sciences, or residential.

      • Agencies serving a particular region within the UK.

      • Agencies serving particular process elements, such as valuation, financing, leasing, sales or acquisitions


      Agencies that are NOT eligible include but are not limited to:


      • Public relations, communications or social media agencies

      • Investor relations agencies

      • Government relations or public affairs agencies


      Entries must relate to the past year: 01 January 2023 – 31 December 2023.

      To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      Overall Performance:

      • Transaction volumes and values, and how they compare with prior years

      • Fees achieved in comparison with prior years

      • Client wins and retention rates

      • Overall corporate growth in revenue and profitability

      • Outline of key deals and their significance

      Strategic Initiatives:

      • Innovations or changes in strategy.

      • Business development or staff/training initiatives.

      • Strong client focus and positive client feedback, including testimonials.

      • Commitment to diversity and inclusion.

      • Commitment to the ESG agenda.

      Deal of the Year - Commercial Property (Over 50 Million)

      This category acknowledges exceptional accomplishments in commercial property deals for transactions exceeding £50 million. If your organisation has orchestrated a ground-breaking deal, whether it's a property or corporate transaction or a significant joint venture, we invite you to present your success.

      To be eligible, entries must relate to the past year: 1st January 2023 – 31st December 2023.

      To enter, please provide a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      • Significance of the deal to the industry, sector or organisations involved

      • How difficulties or complexities were resolved or overcome

      • Genuine innovation/disruption in the outcome or deal-making process

      • A robust business model behind the deal

      • How the deal reflects or complements a strategic vision

      • Financial aspects of the deal especially for those with complex arrangements

      • Strong engagement with stakeholders

      • Potential impact on the wider property industry or positive outcomes in terms of EDI, ESG, job creation, etc

      Sustainability Initiative - Commercial Property

      Over the past few years, climate change has rocketed to the top of the agenda, fuelled by the UK government’s target to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 – one of the most ambitious carbon targets in the world.

      We want to celebrate the ground-breaking work the commercial real estate sector is doing to tackle the climate crisis and improve the sector’s environmental credentials.

      This award is aimed at organisations and individuals working in the commercial real estate sector that have implemented, completed or committed to a transformative ESG or climate-focused scheme, strategy or initiative in the past year.

      This category is open to organisations and individuals primarily operating in the commercial real estate sector. If you are primarily in the residential property or student accommodation sectors, please enter the equivalent category in the RESI Awards or Student Accommodation Awards.

      To be eligible, entries must relate to the past year: 01 January 2023 – 31 December 2023

      To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      • The scheme, initiative or strategy is ESG or climate focused
      • Why it is transformative/innovative/disruptive
      • Scale and ambition
      • Commitment to net zero carbon
      • Top ratings in known accreditation schemes such as BREEAM or the WELL Building Standard
      • Tangible and meaningful action
      • Demonstrable and measurable impact
      • Commitment to diversity and inclusion

      Deal of the Year - Commercial Property (Under 50 Million )

      This category celebrates remarkable achievements in commercial property deals for transactions under £50 million. If your organisation has successfully executed a ground-breaking deal, whether it's a property or corporate transaction or a significant joint venture, we invite you to showcase your success.

      The deal must have been completed within the past year (01 January 2023 – 31 December 2023).

      To enter, please provide a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      • Significance of the deal to the industry, sector or organisations involved

      • How difficulties or complexities were resolved or overcome

      • Genuine innovation/disruption in the outcome or deal-making process

      • A robust business model behind the deal

      • How the deal reflects or complements a strategic vision

      •Financial aspects of the deal especially for those with complex arrangements

      • Strong engagement with stakeholders

      • Potential impact on the wider property industry or positive outcomes in terms of EDI, ESG, job creation, etc

      PropTech Solution of the Year

      This category recognises suppliers that provide outstanding technology products or digital services tailored to the needs of the property sector. The focus is on strong innovation, value gained by owners, agents or occupiers, a robust business model, creativity, and strategic vision.

      To be eligible, entries must relate to the past year: 1st January 2023 – 31st December 2023 

      To enter, please provide a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      • Genuine innovation/disruption

      • Strong customer testimonials

      • A robust business model

      • Creativity and strategic vision

      • Robust financial expectations and forecasts

      • Strong engagement with the industry

      • Scale of the impact on the property industry

      • Commitment to diversity and inclusion

      • Commitment to the ESG agenda

      When submitting your entry you will be asked to submit the following information:

      (*Asterisk marks entry questions that are mandatory.)

      Executive Summary*


      Please provide a 750 word online submission focusing on the criteria provided on the website.

      Testimonials

      Please provide testimonial evidence from clients, partners, and industry figures, rather than employees of your organisation.

      Company logo*

      The entrant's company logo should be supplied in colour as a vector eps file. We recommend a dpi of at least 300. If successful, this will be used alongside your entry on the evening and in the magazine.

      Promotional Summary*

      Please provide a short summary, in no more than 50 words, of your entry. This may appear in the printed event guide and in any relevant marketing communications about the awards should you make the shortlist. Please note that we reserve the right to edit for consistency and publishing reasons.

      Supporting Image*

      Please provide a JPEG or PNG image that best supports your entry (eg project, building or team image). If successful, this will be used alongside your entry on the evening and in the magazine.

      Supporting Materials

      Please provide support material where you feel it will enhance your entry, such as case studies or video links. Please upload one zip file containing no more than 3 documents. Judges are not required to score supporting material but can use supporting material as evidence to support a claim. For this reason please ensure all important statements are included in the main body of your awards submission - do not rely on the supporting materials section alone to evidence your entry.

      ED&I Initiative of the year

      This award recognises an individual, team or organisation that has demonstrated exemplary commitment to promoting Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) both within your business and across the industry as a whole over the past 12 months.

      Entries are open to organisations dedicated to promoting EDI as well as property organisations that have undertaken specific EDI initiatives. Entries are also welcome from partnerships between the two types of organisation.

      We are seeking programme that go beyond rhetoric, embodying real efforts to drive positive change and foster an inclusive workplace and industry culture. Judges will be looking to see tangible change that has moved the dial with EDI, either through cultural change or workforce diversity.

      Entries must relate to the past year: 1st January 2023 – 31st December 2023.

      Please provide a 750-word summary highlighting the organisation's innovative achievements.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      • Progressive Policies

      Has your organisation implemented innovative activities or new policies that prioritise diversity and inclusion, break down barriers, and promote greater equity in the community or workforce? We are particularly interested in initiatives that consider intersectionality and uplift the least well-represented groups.

      • Culture and Behaviours

      Has your organisation succeeded in broadening participation in EDI initiatives beyond individuals with a personal reason to engage? And has your programme succeeded in challenging or overturning negative behaviours, skepticism or cynicism?

      • Championing Diversity

      Has your organisation taken steps to highlight the benefits of EDI programmes, the achievements of under-represented groups, or undertaken other activities designed to promote understanding, celebrate diversity and encourage all stakeholders to bring their true selves to work.

      • Measurable Impact

      Judges will be looking for measurable impact on the business or the wider community. This could be shown through increased representation, improved workplace satisfaction, or positive community engagement demonstrated through testimonials.

      Property Week Leader of the Year

      The Property Week Leader of the Year should embody leadership excellence within the property sector through a broad range of positive attributes. Entrants will be judged not only on outstanding results but also by the manner in which they have been achieved. The winner will demonstrate personal integrity, a clear vision, and the ability to inspire others to raise their game.

      Entries must relate to the past year: 1st January 2023 – 31st December 2023.

      Entrants must hold a corporate leadership position within a property-related organisation – eligible job titles include founder, CEO, CFO, COO, chair, MD, FD or similar.

      To enter, please provide a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      • Strategic Vision:

      Demonstration of a clear and innovative strategic vision that has positively influenced the organisation and the broader property sector.

      • Transformational Leadership:

      Evidence of leading the organisation through significant changes or fostering a culture of adaptability.

      • Financial Performance:

      A track record of achieving or exceeding financial targets, contributing to the overall success and growth of the organisation.

      • Industry Impact:

      Notable contributions that have had a positive impact outside the organisation, demonstrating influence and thought leadership among peers or across the industry.

      • Overcoming Adversity:

      Timely and effective responses to crises, setbacks or external events that demonstrate the ability to raise morale, sustain partnerships and safeguard reputations.

      • Stakeholder Engagement:

      Effective engagement with stakeholders, including employees, clients, and industry partners, fostering positive relationships and collaboration.

      • Quality of Governance:

      Commitment to good governance principles and advancing the organisation’s reputation across key issues such as sustainability, diversity and inclusion.

      Small Property Agency of the Year (under 100 employees)

      Open to smaller agencies that have significant operations in the property industry.

      Eligible agencies include but are not limited to:

      • Agencies serving a particular vertical sector such as retail and hospitality, offices, industrial & logistics, life sciences, or residential.

      • Agencies serving a particular region within the UK.

      • Agencies serving particular process elements, such as valuation, financing, leasing, sales or acquisitions

      Agencies that are NOT eligible include but are not limited to:

      • Public relations, communications or social media agencies

      • Investor relations agencies

      • Government relations or public affairs agencies

      Entries must relate to the past year: 01 January 2023 – 31 December 2023.

      To enter, please submit a 750-word summary on why you feel you should win this award.

      When reviewing your submission, the judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

      Overall Performance:

      • Transaction volumes and values, and how they compare with prior years

      • Fees achieved in comparison with prior years

      • Client wins and retention rates

      • Overall corporate growth in revenue and profitability

      • Outline of key deals and their significance

      Strategic Initiatives:

      • Innovations or changes in strategy.

      • Business development or staff/training initiatives.

      • Strong client focus and positive client feedback, including testimonials.

      • Commitment to diversity and inclusion.

      • Commitment to the ESG agenda.