Suffolk: Property entrepreneurs go head to head in new county contest

David Whiteley

David Whiteley - Credit: Archant

The cream of the region’s property professionals will be going head to head in the first competition of its kind on November 14.

Bob Kindred

Bob Kindred - Credit: Archant

Organisers of the Suffolk Property Awards have now chosen a shortlist for the ceremony, which will take place at the new Ipswich Academy.

Judges and sponsors have worked hard to whittle down the entries to a selection of three finalists per category, who now go forward in the process in the hope of being chosen as the winner.

The awards, supported by East Anglian Daily Times publisher Archant, will showcase some of the best architects, contractors, estate agencies and consultancies in the county.

Head judge Bob Kindred MBE said: “Considering this is the first year of the awards we have been hugely impressed by the quantity and quality of the entries, and it has taken many hours of deliberation in some categories to select the three finalists.

“The decision has been taken to hold the event in the new academy building, and to showcase a really strong example of Suffolk construction companies working together to create a fantastic facility for the students of Ipswich.”

Judges will now consult with sponsors and hold individual interviews with entries to choose the winner of each category.

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Tickets for the evening are now on sale and include a 3 course meal and the opportunity for a tour around the new academy building.

Tickets are priced at £60+vat each or a table of 10 is £565+vat. You can purchase them by visiting or by calling Abi Gagen on 01394 3844140

The Suffolk Property Awards, which are supported by Archant, are a new initiative for 2013, and aim to celebrate an industry which is starting to emerge from a difficult few years.

The judging panel includes Bob Kindred MBE, the editor of Greenbuild Lucy Young, Ipswich Building Society’s Sonia Jackson, BREEAM Assessor and ex President of the Norfolk Architects Association Jon Boon, Chris Marsh from ISSBA, Lou Cessford from NWES, Hannah Leys from Eastern FMS and former Suffolk young business woman of the year, Dayle Bayliss.

Sponsors include Attwells Solicitors, MLM, Venture Inspired, New Anglia LEP, Valunation, Lexia, Andrew Thompson & Associates, Dayle Bayliss Associates, Anglian Plant.


Building Services Consultancy of the Year sponsored by Andrew Thompson & Associates: Inviron

MLM Consulting Engineers Ltd; Southgate & Culham.

Sales and Lettings Agency of the Year sponsored by Attwells Solicitors: Town & Village Properties; JSM Property; Banham Dark.

Property Maintenance Company of the Year sponsored by Dayle Bayliss LLP: Manning & Woods; Needhams;

Commercial Property Development of the Year sponsored by Venture Inspired: ISG Jackson (Premier Inn, Ipswich); Brightwell Estates Ltd (Brightwell Barns); AquiGen (Futura Park).

Public Sector Building Project of the Year sponsored by Valunation: Pakefield High, Barnes Construction; Westfield Community Primary, Haverhill, Concertus; Reydon Fire Station, SEH French; St Christopher’s Primary School, Red Lodge.

Residential Property Development of the Year sponsored by Lexia: Long Farm, Lucy Marston Architects; Cherry Tree Close, The Whitworth Co-Partnership; Chantry Farm, Hudson Architects.

Start Up Business of the Year sponsored by New Anglia LEP: Brightwell Estates Ltd; Dayle Bayliss Associates LLP; The Online Letting Agents

Shining Star sponsored by MLM Consulting Engineers Ltd: Vanessa Penn, Penn Commercial; Nick Papworth, Diamond Mills; Dayle Bayliss, Dayle Bayliss Associates LLP.

Regeneration Project of the Year sponsored by Bob Kindred Heritage Consultants: Brightwell Barns, Brightwell Estates Ltd; Chantry Farm, Hudson Architects; Woodbridge Quay Church, The Whitworth Co-Partnership LLP.

Environmental Project of the Year sponsored by Greenbuild: Brightwell Barns, Brightwell Estates; East Anglian Childrens Hospice Treehouse, Barnes Construction; Cherry Tree Close, The Whitworth Co-Partnership LLP.

Customer Care Award sponsored by Lexia: Town & Village Properties; Manning & Woods; Penn Commercial.