The Yorkshire Residential Property Awards are back to celebrate success and survival. Sharon Dale reports.
Sales are up, prices are rising and developers are firing up their diggers as the Yorkshire property market springs back to life after one of the toughest recessions on record.
The recovery is finally under way and to confirm this renewed sense of optimism, the Yorkshire Residential Property Awards have been resurrected.
The prestigious awards, organised by Variety, the children’s charity, are aimed at celebrating the region’s best developments and the property professionals who make them happen. There are 11 awards in total, including those for property personality of the year, best interior design project, best innovation, best small and large development and best estate/lettings agency.
The glittering event is set to raise vital funds for disadvantaged and disabled children in Yorkshire and its 2015 comeback represents a defining moment in the industry’s history.
In 2008, the residential property market hit the buffers as the banks pulled the plug on housing developments across the county and operated a “computer says no” policy to would-be borrowers.
The region’s property sector was decimated. While predators and poor operators were wiped out, so too were some of Yorkshire’s best builders, surveyors, architects and estate agents.
Now, after a period of mourning, there are many reasons to be cheerful. More buildings are coming out of the ground, a new era of energy-efficient homes is upon us and there are more buyers and ever more exciting designs by our great Yorkshire architects, which is why Variety decided that this was the year to rejoice and revive one of its key events.
The Yorkshire Residential Property Awards are sponsored by top law firm Bond Dickinson with Carter Jonas as co-sponsor and the Yorkshire Post as media sponsor with support from French PR and design agency DS Emotion. The black tie event will be held on October 8 at The Queens Hotel in Leeds.
Tickets for the formal dinner are on sale with proceeds going to Variety’s many charitable causes in this region.
Charlotte Farrington, Variety’s Regional Development Manager, says: “It didn’t seem appropriate to stage the event during the recession but now we have seen the green shoots of recovery, we thought it would be a good time to revive it and celebrate the successes of the Yorkshire residential property sector.
“The money we raise from the event helps us support disabled and disadvantaged children in many different ways. We provide respite from the physical and mental challenges they face and we help provide specialist equipment, such as sensory walls and trikes that make their life and their family’s life easier. Events like this make a huge difference and all the money we raise in Yorkshire is spent in this region.”
Altruism is always a good reason to join in, but the “ResiProps” convivial atmosphere also offers a chance to meet fellow property people and make new connections. And, of course, there could be a chance of winning an award, which will boost business and feel-good factor. Last but not least, this is a toast to those who have survived and are coming back stronger than ever.
Below is a full list of the awards For details on how to enter and how to book a table for the event, visit www.yorkshireresidential propertyawards.co.uk
The awards up for grabs embrace all areas of the residential sector. They include: Best Planning Practice; Best Architectural Practice; Best Innovation Project; Best Small Development (25 units and under): Best Large Development (over 25 units): Best Marketing Campaign; Best Agency (estat and/or lettings); Best Interior Design Project; Best Regeneration Project for Housing; Housebuilder of the Year; Personality of the Year: This category is nominated by the judges to reward an individual who deserves to be recognised for their outstanding contribution to the Yorkshire residential property market. However the judges welcome all suggestions.
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