PropertyGuru, Southeast Asia’s leading property technology company, made history several times over today with the airing of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final as a virtual gala event and awards ceremony. As well as being the first virtual edition of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final, the special broadcast marked the 15th edition of the prestigious, long-running real estate awards programme.
The 15th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final laurelled developers and projects from 14 property markets in Southeast Asia, the Chinese territories (mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau), Australia, India, and Japan with highly coveted regional titles – elevating them above their peers as the “best in Asia”.
Around 87 companies, representing distinguished country winners of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards series this year, competed for 35 accolades, including the never-before-presented regional Developer titles of Best Mixed Use Developer (Asia); Best Industrial Developer (Asia); Best Lifestyle Developer (Asia); Best Sustainable Developer (Asia); Best Commercial Developer (Asia); and Best Breakthrough Developer (Asia).
With three regional Developer awards, Singapore emerged as the most awarded country during the landmark 15th edition of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final. GuocoLand was one of the ceremony’s biggest victors, winning Best Developer (Asia), the highest accolade of the night, as well as the top regional titles of Best Mixed Use Development (Asia) and Best Condo Development (Asia) for its Guoco Midtown and Wallich Residence projects, respectively. Aurum Land (Private) Limited was named Best Boutique Developer (Asia), with The Hyde project also winning for the company the title of Best High Rise Condo Architectural Design (Asia). Besting seven companies around the region, Wing Tai Asia was named Best Lifestyle Developer (Asia).
Solaris @ Tai Seng by Soilbuild Group Holdings Ltd won two titles: Best Industrial Development (Asia) and Best Commercial Green Development (Asia). Forett at Bukit Timah by Qingjian Perennial (Bukit Timah) Pte Ltd won Best Low Rise Condo Landscape Architectural Design (Asia), bringing Singapore’s haul of regional awards to nine.
Indonesia garnered eight regional titles, led by PT Jababeka Tbk, which was awarded Best Industrial Developer (Asia), and PT Urban Jakarta Propertindo, Tbk, awarded Best Breakthrough Developer (Asia). Agung Sedayu Group collected two regional titles for the archipelago: Best Township Masterplan Design (Asia) for its PIK 2 Sedayu Indo City venture with Salim Group and Best Hotel Interior Design (Asia) for HARRIS Suites Puri Mansion.
Some of Bali and Lombok’s finest projects garnered regional awards for Indonesia. The title of Best Hospitality Development (Asia) was awarded to Torok Hill Resort by Invest Islands, while Best Mixed Use Architectural Design (Asia) was awarded to Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort by PT Indonesian Paradise Property Tbk.
Indonesian projects also excelled in the field of landscape architecture design. Daisan by SwanCity and Mitsubishi Estate Residence won Best Housing Landscape Architectural Design (Asia), and Senayan Park by Ariobimo Laguna Perkasa won Best Commercial Landscape Architectural Design (Asia).
L.P.N. Development PCL. received the title of Best Sustainable Developer (Asia), one of five regional wins for Thailand. Two of these wins were for Walden Thonglor 8 by Habitat Group, which was named Best Low Rise Condo Architectural Design (Asia) and Best Condo Interior Design (Asia). The PARQ by Kasemsubsiri Co., Ltd. also represented the kingdom well with a win for Best Office Development (Asia) while Istani Villas by Idea Development won Best Housing Interior Design (Asia).
The 15th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final saw the presentation of the annual PropertyGuru Icon Award to Thippaporn Ahriyavraromp (Chearavanont), Chairman of Executive Committee, DTGO; Chairman of Executive Committee, MQDC; and Chairman of Buddharaksa Foundation. Thippaporn Ahriyavraromp had been named Thailand Real Estate Personality of the Year in 2012 – the first woman to receive the title.
Thippaporn said: “For MQDC, the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards have provided a valued benchmark for ensuring high quality under our guiding principle of ‘For All Well-Being’. This is our commitment to benefiting all life on earth. Our developments focus on well-being and sustainability, so that not only will residents thrive but also surrounding communities, society at large, and natural ecosystems.”
She added: “For our business partners, this recognition is a powerful confirmation of MQDC’s values and drive in helping push the property sector forward, constantly introducing new approaches that can bring humankind into harmony with the rest of the natural world.”
Ecopark Tourism and Trade Urban Area by Ecopark Corporation Joint Stock Company beat seven massive projects across the region for the title of Best Township Development (Asia). It was one of three regional wins for Vietnam, which included the awards of Best Hospitality Architectural Design (Asia) for Alila Bai Om by Kien A Corporation and Best High Rise Condo Landscape Architectural Design (Asia) for Diamond Centery by Gamuda Land HCMC JSC.
Fresh off their triumph at the recently concluded PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau), Shimao Group Suhu Branch was named Best Mixed Use Developer (Asia) while Peach Blossom Future Villa (Phase 2) by Bluetown Architects won Best Housing Architectural Design (Asia), bringing mainland China’s regional wins to two. Hong Kong also scored a regional win with 2 Murray Road by Henderson Land Group winning Best Office Architectural Design (Asia).
Capital Development Ltd. from Myanmar was announced as the clear winner of Best Commercial Developer (Asia). Yoma Central, a project by Meeyahta Development Limited in Yangon, bested shopping centres across the region for the honour of Best Retail Development (Asia).
Cambodia also tallied two regional wins, one for Urban Village and Factory Phnom Penh by Urban Hub (Cambodia) Co., Ltd, which was named Best Co-Working Space (Asia), and another for PH Eco Mall by Peng Huoth Group, which won Best Retail Architectural Design (Asia).
Australia, Malaysia and the Philippines also gained one regional title each. Paragon of Pyrmont by THIRDi Group in Australia was named Best Housing Development (Asia), besting nine projects in Southeast Asia and mainland China. Meanwhile, i-Park @ Senai Airport City by IPark Development Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia was named Best Industrial Estate Development (Asia). From the Philippines, Agriya by Damosa Land, Inc. was judged the clear winner of the Best Residential Green Development (Asia) title.
The PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final was preceded by the inaugural editions of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (India) and PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Greater Niseko).
Brookfield Properties dominated the first edition of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (India) with three wins, including the trophy of Best Breakthrough Developer. The company’s Candor TechSpace project, a thriving IT SEZ in Gurugram, was named Best Office Development and Best Green Development.
The first edition of PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Greater Niseko) celebrated the most exemplary developers in Japan’s world-famous alpine resort destination. Niseko Alpine Developments Co Ltd. was honoured as Best Developer, clinching the Best Hotel Development title for The Vale Rusutsu. Temak Treehouse KK, another prolific development company in Greater Niseko, was named Best Boutique Developer.
The 15th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final served as the culmination of the 2020 PropertyGuru Week, which began with the first virtual edition of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau) on Wednesday, 2 December. It continued with the sixth edition of the PropertyGuru Asia Real Estate Summit, held yesterday, 3 December as a virtual gathering of the real estate and proptech industry’s finest minds, top-level business leaders, and decision-makers.
The PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards were established in Thailand in 2005 to distinguish the top properties and development firms in Southeast Asia. The awards programme has since expanded to honour the finest properties and development firms in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau; Australia; South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives); and Japan (Greater Niseko) – celebrating 15 years of rewarding excellence in real estate in 2020.
Hari V. Krishnan, CEO of PropertyGuru Group, said: “The PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards started 15 years ago with an aim to, among others, create what’s next and celebrate success: a programme that provides a widely respected, highly trusted platform to showcase the achievements and innovations of developers across Asia Pacific. It is truly gratifying to see the programme not only persist with engaging, immersive, interactive ways to broadcast the achievements of developers in these extraordinary times but also expand into exciting new markets outside Southeast Asia in its 15th year. More than those, we are proud that the awards continue to inform residents of Asian countries more choices of high-quality real estate – living up to our promise that everyone should have a place to call home.”
An independent jury comprising the head judges of participating markets was responsible for choosing this year’s crop of regional and country winners: Christophe Vicic, Country Head, Jones Lang LaSalle Philippines, Inc. (Philippines); Doddy A. Tjahjadi, Managing Director, PTI Architects (Indonesia); Lim Wenhui, Partner, SPARK Architects (Singapore); Lui Violanti, Regional Manager for Western Australia, Inhabit Group (Australia); Paul Tse, President, Board of Directors, Macao Association of Building Contractors and Developers (Hong Kong and Macau); Prem Kumar, Deputy Managing Director, Jones Lang Wootton (Malaysia); Richard Emerson, Managing Director, Emerson Real Estate (Myanmar); Sorn Seap, Founder and Director, Key Real Estate Co., Ltd (Cambodia); Sun Yigong, Chairman, Tospur Real Estate Consulting Co., Ltd. (Mainland China); Suphin Mechuchep, Managing Director, JLL Thailand (Thailand); and Thien Duong, Managing Director, Transform Architecture (Vietnam).
The 15th Annual PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final is supported by platinum sponsor Kohler; official airline partner Thai Airways; official portal partner PropertyGuru; official magazine PropertyGuru Property Report; official PR partner Artemis Associates; official charity partner Right to Play; official ESG partner Baan Dek Foundation; and official supervisor BDO.