Iconic developments in 15 key APAC markets honoured at the glittering ceremony.
The 2018 PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards, presented by Kohler, have announced the annual regional awards during a glittering ceremony held Friday evening, 9 November 2018, at the Athénée Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok in Thailand.
Awardees came from 15 key property markets across the Asia Pacific region, including an elite selection from Japan and Australia who joined the prestigious awards programme for the first time in its 13-year history. The Awards celebrated the new iconic developments in the region that champion green building, sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR), value for money, and innovation.
Hong Kong’s New World Development Company Limited was hailed as Best Developer (Asia) of the year by the independent jury comprising the head judges in each participating market.
“New World Development Company Limited impressed the judges with its diverse range of high-quality developments this year. The company has proven itself to be leader in a difficult and extremely competitive property market like Hong Kong. The company continues to strive to set new standards, with exciting developments such as Mount Pavilia, Skypark and the Forest winning accolades,” said Thien Duong, managing director of Transform Architecture and the chairperson of the Grand Final judges.
The culminating event of the prestigious series that journeys throughout the year across the region featured country winners from Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.
In addition, finalists from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Mongolia participated in the regional competition to be named the ‘Best in Asia’. Overall, there were 22 regional categories, including Best Boutique Developer (Asia), which went to SonKim Land Corporation of Vietnam.
The top markets that won the most regional awards were Thailand (collecting seven ‘Best in Asia’ accolades) and Vietnam (5), followed by the Philippines (3), Indonesia (3) and Singapore (2). Sri Lanka, China and Hong Kong won one regional award each.
The evening also introduced the new PropertyGuru Icon Award as one of the highest regional honours to be presented at the programme. The first-ever recipient of this distinction is one of Asia’s prominent and most active real estate leaders, Filipino-Chinese tycoon Dr. Andrew L. Tan, Chairman and CEO of Megaworld Corporation, who won the Philippines Real Estate Personality of the Year award in 2014.
Tan was chosen for leading his team to earn three consecutive Best Developer (Philippines) titles and for being a champion of corporate social responsibility (CSR) through the Megaworld Foundation and Empire East Cares. Tan accepted his award via a video message from PropertyGuru Group CEO Hari V. Krishnan.
Nearly 500 guests from around the region joined the exclusive ceremony, including H.E. Dr. Aladdin D. Rillo, Deputy Secretary-General for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), the evening’s Guest of Honour, who delivered an inspiring message from the AEC about market integration and regional cooperation.
Hari V. Krishnan, CEO of PropertyGuru Group, said: “Congratulations to all the winners of the 2018 PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards. We are honoured to align with the region’s best and most innovative developers. They have made their teams and countries proud by producing iconic developments and improving the experiences of consumers.”
Terry Blackburn, founder and managing director of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards, said in his opening remarks: “Unlike 13 years ago, when we started this programme, there is now no doubt that the future belongs to Asia, which has the fastest growing economies today and is home to some of the most exciting real estate markets in the world. Hopefully the years the Asia Property Awards have spent promoting sustainable development, green buildings and corporate social responsibility, have in some small way, contributed to the conversation on what the best Asia should look like in the future.”
Best In Asia: Regional Winners
PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards
Grand Final 2018
Best Developer – New World Development Company Limited –– Hong Kong
Best Boutique Developer – SonKim Land Corporation –– Vietnam
Best Condo Development – Vittorio Residence by AP (Thailand) Public Company Limited –– Thailand
Best Housing Development – Baan Issara Bangna by C.I.N. Estate Co., Ltd. –– Thailand
Best Retail Development – Central Embassy by Central Group –– Thailand
Best Office Development – The Podium West Tower by SM Keppel Land Inc. –– Philippines
Best Hotel Development – The Westin Jakarta by Gamaland
Best Township Development – BSD City by Sinar Mas Land
Best Mixed Use Development – Zhuhai International Convention Center Phase 1 by Zhuhai Huafa Group –– China
Best Green Development – Le Quest by Qingjian Realty
(BBR) Pte Ltd –– Singapore
Best Universal Design Development – The Podium Complex
by SM Keppel Land Inc. –– Philippines
Best Condo Architectural Design – Altair by Indocean Developments (Pvt) Ltd –– Sri Lanka
Best Housing Architectural Design – Nim Collection by Bukit Sembawang Estates Limited –– Singapore
Best Retail Architectural Design – Central Embassy by Central Group –– Thailand
Best Office Architectural Design – Gama Tower by Gamaland
Best Hotel Architectural Design – Sheraton Phuket Grand Bay Resort by Apex Development –– Thailand
Best Condo Interior Design – Wyndham Atlas Wongamat Pattaya by Habitat Group Co., Ltd. –– Thailand
Best Housing Interior Design – LEROY Ruamrudee by Habitat Group Co., Ltd. –– Thailand
Best Hotel Interior Design – Le Méridien Cam Ranh Bay Resort & Spa by KIEN A Corporation –– Vietnam
Best Commercial Landscape Architectural Design – Celadon City by Gamuda Land –– Vietnam
Best Residential Landscape Architectural Design – Lavila De Rio by KIEN A Corporation –– Vietnam