Top names from Berkshire’s property industry were lined up for recognition last week when judges met for the first year of a new awards programme.

Ten property professionals from wide-ranging specialisms gathered at Thames Tower in Reading to choose the best from more than 25 submissions across six categories in the Berkshire Property Awards which will be presented at a dinner at Reading Town Hall, the finale to our own TvPropFest, on September 12.

Development schemes, fit outs, consultancies and individuals were discussed and shortlists were drawn up. Winners in each category, to be announced on the evening, will be chosen from the following (listed in alphabetical order):

Best Space and Interior Design Company Award

  • APAM/Patron Capital – The Café @ No10 at Arlington Business Park
  • Broadway Malyan/Nexus Planning – 5th floor fit out, Thames Tower

Best Project Vision for the Thames Valley

  • Moorgarth – Premier Inn/Bar+Block steakhouse development, Hosier Street, Reading
  • Salmon Harvester Properties – 67 Alma Road, Windsor
  • Seven Capital – The Grand Exchange, Bracknell
  • Slough Urban Renewal – Stoke Wharf, Slough
  • Thames Properties – Cox & Wyman development, Cardiff Road, Reading

Best Future Star of the Year

  • Daniel Fleming – architect, Broadway Malyan
  • Hannah Knowles – senior planner, Turley
  • Sarah Murray – director, edge Urban Design

Thames Valley Prop Networker of the Year Award

  • Charlie Nicholson – partner, Vail Williams
  • Glyn Salmon – operations director Thames Valley, Kier Property
  • Kim Cohen – partner, Barton Willmore
  • Michael Ward – partner real estate, Blake Morgan
  • Steve Dixon – director, JDP
  • Tom Fletcher – head of Reading office, Lambert Smith Hampton

Note: This category will be voted for on the evening.

Consultant of the Year Award

  • Broadway Malyan
  • JDP
  • Ridge
  • Stubbings Property Marketing

Leader of the Year Award is being kept under wraps until the evening.

The names were selected by a panel of ten judges (pictured), chaired by Matthew Battle, managing director of UK Property Forums.

He said: “The quantity and quality of the submissions, particularly in the Project Vision and Best Consultant categories, was excellent and reflected the diversity of projects and skills we have in the region. Berkshire is vibrant and the future looks very positive.”

Debate at the judging panel prompted observations on the Thames Valley market.

John Fisher spoke of the increasingly blurred lines between offices, cafes, work, gyms, homes and hotels. “They are gradually merging into one,” he said.

He also noted a reduction in the number of medium-sized housebuilders in the region. Typical developers are now either major national names or small local ones.

Judges spoke highly of some of those which didn’t make the shortlists including the small but high-achieving team at commercial agents, Rare, and the contribution of the industrial team at Haslams Chartered Surveyors, particularly Neil Seager.

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* Image: (l-r): Charlie Nicholson, partner, Vail Williams; Jennie Lunn, associate director, Broadway Malyan; Matthew Battle, managing director, UK Property Forums; Donna Palmer, associate director, planning, Turley; Scott Witchalls, partner, Peter Brett Associates (now Stantec), Andy Jansons, managing director, Jansons Property; Hannah Smart, director, edge Urban Design; Glyn Salmon, director, Kier Group; John Fisher, managing director, TA Fisher; Mike Righton, managing partner, Thames Valley, RLB.