The NWPAs 2018: North West commercial winners
The prestigious North West Property Awards (NWPAs), sponsored by Stewart Milne Homes, returned to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral’s Lutyens Crypt celebrating a year of success for the property sector.
Move Commercial brings you all the winners from this year’s categories that were open to commercial entries, from awards recognising top deals and developments to those acknowledging innovative businesses.
Words by Natasha Young
With the property sector, like many other industries, undergoing fast-paced changes, 2018’s NWPAs saw the introduction of the ‘Innovation Award’.
Redwing Living won the inaugural title, which was open to any property firm adapting and changing to ensure a positive future.
“With the industry changing so much because you’ve got the need for more affordable homes like Shared Ownership, the need for resales as well as the new developments is really important and that’s what we’re trying to recognise,” said James Constable, senior sales advisor for the firm, which was recognised for adapting to changes in demand for
“It’s recognising a gap in the market, taking a chance and running with it which has paid off,” added Matthew Marshall, Redwing Living’s marketing manager.
The ‘Regeneration Award’ was open to commercial, residential and mixed-use projects across the North West, with judges looking for a winner which clearly demonstrated a positive impact on the physical or environmental quality, or the economic or social wellbeing of its community including benefits to the area’s businesses.
Placefirst’s transformation of empty Victorian homes in Liverpool’s Welsh Streets fitted the bill, and the title was the first of three won by the same scheme on the night.
Site managers Shaun Masey and Richard Jones and construction manager Oliver Crotch reflected on the ongoing scheme which has been completed in the first phase.
“It’s been amazing, we’ve worked really hard to do what we’re doing with the Welsh Streets,” they said.
“[The award is] also an inspiration for the work that’s still ahead of us. We’re only halfway through the Welsh Streets.”
Fellow finalist Urban Sleep was named runner up in the category for its Brunswick Park project in Liverpool.
Judges’ Special Award
Having also gone on to win this year’s NWPA for the ‘Best Affordable Housing Scheme’, Placefirst rounded off a hugely successful night by achieving a third accolade. The Welsh Streets regeneration in Liverpool’s Toxteth area was recognised with the ‘Judges’ Special Award’.
Site managers Shaun Masey and Richard Jones, construction manager Oliver Crotch and commercial director Peter Adams were among the team collecting the final prize of the night.
“With the first two [awards] we were judged against our peers whereas this one is the recognition of what we’re doing within the community more than anything else,” said the team. “For everyone to recognise that the scheme is as special as we think it is, and the gamble that the company has taken, it’s impetus for the future – a springboard.”
Best Commercial Scheme
This category was open to a broad range of commercial projects within the retail, office, leisure, hotel, educational and industrial sectors, but there could only be one winner.
Not content with recently achieving its second Michelin star in the culinary world, Moor Hall Restaurant has also attracted an NWPA for its building design.
Liverpool’s Falconer Chester Hall was behind the design, with architects Quentin Keohane and Alice Platt on hand to pick up the accolade.
“People put loads of passion in and that shows in the end building,” said Keohane. “It’s a good building and a fantastic result for the people who worked on it.
“It’s also great for the area and we’re just proud to be part of it.”
Halton Housing’s Waterfront Point Headquarters was a fellow finalist in the category.
Best Commercial Let
Judges considered factors including the commercial strength and potential impact of a deal on the wider commercial community for this year’s ‘Best Commercial Let’ award.
Work by JLL, Shelborn Asset Management and Worthington Owen to bring HMRC to Liverpool’s India Buildings with a bumper 270,000 sq ft letting was a clear winner for this year’s title.
“Of all the things I’ve done in my career this is, in a way, the most important and satisfying deal,” said Worthington Owen’s Mark Worthington, who collected the award alongside Andrew Owen from the firm. “Not just for me personally or on a financial basis but in terms of it being 3,500 jobs, right in the centre of Liverpool that will regenerate Castle Street and Water Street. It’s massively important to the area.”
The Community Award
Another new addition for 2018, ‘The Community Award’ was open to entries from any property firm making a difference to the communities they work within.
Denovo Design reached the final for its Mossley Hill Church project in Liverpool and was named runner up on the night, with Stewart Milne Homes picking up the award.
“We’re delighted with The Community Award because we do, as a builder that’s not widely known in the North West, try our best to develop relationships within the communities that we’re building in,” said Lynne Vogel, sales manager of the housebuilder which has been expanding into the Liverpool City Region.
The region’s thriving property sector
“Our panel of expert judges was faced with a really high standard of entries in 2018, and any entrants who made the shortlist should be extremely proud,” says Kim O’Brien, director of Move Publishing which organises the NWPAs.
“The awards were presented to a truly fantastic range of projects and firms around the North West, demonstrating that the region’s property sector continues to thrive and succeed in the face of changes and challenges.
“I’d like to thank everyone who attended and made 2018 another brilliant year for the NWPAs, with special thanks to our judges and sponsors, and we look forward to recognising another year of achievements in 2019.”
Judges included Alastair Shepherd, director of Falconer Chester Hall; Lesley Martin-Wright, CEO of Knowsley Chamber and head of business growth at Knowsley Council; and Elaine Cunningham, owner of Elaine Cunningham Design Studio.
Category sponsors included Watts Commercial Finance, Redrow Homes, Bogans Carpets, Capricorn Kitchens, Anwyl Homes, Redwing Living and 360Vu, and Furnish That Room sponsored the drinks reception.