The country’s longest-running and most prestigious real estate awards programme today announced a record 40 companies nominated in 50 categories for the 13th PropertyGuru Thailand Property Awards 2018.
Among the year’s frontrunners is past winner Habitat Group, receiving seven nods, tied with newcomer ACE Estate Group, and former Best Developer titleholder Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC).
Other top nominees that received at least five nominations include Apex Development, AP (Thailand), and Altitude Development.
New categories that will debut this year include Best Senior Living Development, Best Co Working Space Development, Best Home Office Architectural Design, and Special Recognition for Building Communities, for Customer Care, for Design and Construction, and for Public Facility, expanding the scope of the Awards.
In addition, a special honour for the 2018 Real Estate Personality of the Year will be presented to one of pioneers of master-planned mixed-use communities in the kingdom, Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi, Group CEO of TCC Assets (Thailand).
Winners will be presented on Friday evening, 31 August, at the main ballroom of The Athenee Hotel, a luxury collection hotel, Bangkok. More than 600 guests are expected to attend the exclusive, black-tie ceremony.
Terry Blackburn, founder and managing director of the PropertuyGuru Asia Property Awards, said: “It is incredible that after 13 years since launching the awards programme that it should still be breaking records, with 50 categories to be presented this year. This continued growth is driven by the achievements of relentless developers in the country’s building sector. There is no doubt that Thailand remains a force in Asian real estate, producing innovative and cutting-edge properties for consumers and investors.”
This year’s independent judging panel is once again led by Suphin Mechuchep, Managing Director at Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) Limited. The panel members are: Charles Blocker – CEO & Founder, IC Partners Limited; Colin Yap Chin Wei – Founder/Creative Director, Hotels & Resorts Design Company Limited; Leong Choong Peng – Advisor (Thailand), Arcadis; Marciano Birjmohun – Director, The Singapore-Thai Chambers of Commerce; Sasivimol Sinthawanarong – Design Principal, JARKEN Co., Ltd.; Prof. Sonthya Vanichvatana, PhD – Associate Architect, MRICS, and Chairperson, Department of Real Estate, Martin de Tours School of Management and Economics, MSME Business School, Assumption University; and Dr. Theerathon Tharachai – CFO, Project Planning Service Public Company Limited.
The regional panel judges are: Clayton Wade – Managing Director, Premier Homes Real Estate; George Willoughby – Managing Director, Form Realty Thailand; Keith Humphreys – Managing Director, Keith Humphreys and Associates; Robert Krupica – Senior Partner, Hughes Krupica; and Russ Downing – Managing Director, Hua Hin Real Estate.
BDO, the world’s fifth largest auditing firm, oversaw the entire awards process of the PropertyGuru Thailand Property Awards, led by Paul Ashburn (Co-Managing Partner) and Angelina Harinck. (Assistant Manager).
The 2018 PropertyGuru Thailand Property Awards is supported by platinum sponsor Kohler; co-sponsors Hitachi Elevator, Nasket, and JLL; official airline partner THAI Airways; official portal partner DDproperty.com, Thailand’s leading property site; official charity Raks Thai Foundation; media partners PRESTIGE Thailand, The Phuket News, and PropertyGuru Property Report; and official supervisor BDO.
Suphin Mechuchep, Managing Director at Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) Limited and head of the Thailand judges