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Hong Kong’s most exceptional property industry professionals honoured at RICS Awards Hong Kong 2017


The annual RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards, Hong Kong recognised the region’s most successful real estate teams and developments in the property sector. Companies and individuals received 36 awards at the sixth annual RICS dinner and presentation ceremony, held 17 March 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.

Guest of honour Mr Eric Ma, JP, Secretary for Development, Hong Kong SAR Government, kicked off the ceremony with a speech recognising chartered surveyors for their significant contributions to the built environment. Mr Ma shared his viewpoints on Hong Kong’s future urban development and growth, detailing the Government’s “Hong Kong 2030: Planning and Vision Strategy.”

“This event showcased the city’s most dynamic and accomplished real estate, construction and development teams,” said Mr Clement Lau FRICS, Chair of RICS Hong Kong Board. “The RICS Awards recognise and encourage the greatest achievements in Hong Kong’s built environment, and the award winners are a testament to the continued success and increasing competitiveness of Hong Kong’s real estate sector.”

The RICS annual Lifetime Achiever Award was presented to Mr Tony Tse Wai Chuen, BBS, Founder and Director of Brand Star Limited. The RICS jury panel noted Mr Tse’s dedication to serving his professional communities, academic bodies, and the public at large as a member of numerous Hong Kong associations’ boards and advisory committees, and his 2014 Bronze Bauhinia Star recognition made him an exemplary candidate and role model for surveying professionals.

“Surveyors have played a critical role in the marvellous development of Hong Kong over the past few decades, and it is my great honour to accept the Lifetime Achiever Award from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors,” said Mr Tse.

RICS is devoted to attracting the highly skilled young professionals to the industry. The organisation fosters young surveyors through career advice opportunities and recognises exceptional achievements of its young talents through programmes such as RICS Young Surveyor of the Year Award.

Mr Henry Bott MRICS, Head of Digital of Swire Properties, was named as the Young Surveyor of the Year. Mr Bott is the founder of blueprint, Swire Properties’ technology-focused accelerator and co-working space in Taikoo Place.

“I am honoured to have been selected as Young Surveyor of the Year at the RICS Awards, Hong Kong 2017,” said Mr Bott. “The blueprint project epitomises Swire Properties' commitment to innovation and experimentation, and I’m delighted that the RICS considers it one of the most inspirational initiatives in land and property in Hong Kong. My thanks go to the management of Swire Properties for their support and open-mindedness which allowed me to contribute to the growth of the Taikoo Place community and Hong Kong tech startup ecosystem.”

Results of RICS Awards, Hong Kong 2017: (in alphabetical order)

1. Construction Project Team of the Year:
Winner: Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd
Certificate of Excellence: West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

2. Corporate Real Estate Team of the Year:
Winner: CBRE
Certificate of Excellence: Cushman & Wakefield

3. Facility Management Team of the Year:
Winner: The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Certificate of Excellence: JLL; Link Asset Management Ltd

4. Office Team of the Year:
Winner: JLL
Certificate of Excellence: CBRE; Cushman & Wakefield

5. Professional Consultancy Services Team of the Year:
Winner: Knight Frank
Certificate of Excellence: CBRE; Cushman & Wakefield

6. Property Management Team of the Year:
Winner: Harriman Property Management Limited;
Certificate of Excellence: CBRE; JLL; Link Asset Management Ltd

7. Residential Team of the Year:
Winner: JLL
Certificate of Excellence: Knight Frank

8. Retail Team of the Year:
Winner: CCH Asset
Certificate of Excellence: Champion REIT – Langham Place; MTR Corporation Limited

9. Sustainability Achievement of the Year:
Winner: Architectural Services Department and Dragages Hong Kong Limited
Certificate of Excellence: CBRE; Wheelock Properties (Hong Kong) Limited

10. Best Deal of the Year:
Winner: Savills Hong Kong and Wheelock Properties (Hong Kong) Limited
Certificate of Excellence: Cushman & Wakefield

11. Corporate Social Responsibility Project of the Year:
Winner: Wheelock Properties (Hong Kong) Limited
Certificate of Excellence: Hong Kong Housing Society; Link Asset Management Ltd

12. Young Surveyor of the Year:
Winner: Mr Henry BOTT MRICS, Swire Properties
Certificate of Excellence: Mr Kit CHEUNG MRICS, Colliers International Hong Kong; Ms Jacqueline WONG MRICS, JLL; Ms Michelle WONG MRICS, Knight Frank; Ms Gloria ZHANG MRICS, Arcadis

13. Lifetime Achiever Award:
Mr Tony Tse Wai Chuen, BBS

For additional details about the RICS Hong Kong Awards, please visit rics.org/hkawards. To download high resolution photos of the RICS Hong Kong Annual Dinner 2017, please visit: http://www.bdcshk.com/webcontent/RICS_2017/Photo.zip

About RICS Awards Hong Kong

The RICS Awards Hong Kong showcases outstanding achievements and developments in Hong Kong's land, property and construction industries and across the built environment. The awards are open to everyone working within the property profession. The jury panel of the RICS Hong Kong Awards 2017 is formed by twelve outstanding local property key players. Nominated projects have all displayed outstanding performance in professionalism, outcome and achievement, teamwork and innovation.

About RICS

Confidence through professional standards

RICS promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. Our name promises the consistent delivery of standards – bringing confidence to the markets we serve.

We accredit 125,000 professionals and any individual or firm registered with RICS is subject to our quality assurance. Their expertise covers property, asset valuation, real estate management; the development of infrastructure; and the management of natural resources, such as mining, farms and woodland. From environmental assessments and building controls to negotiating land rights in an emerging economy; if our members are involved the same professional standards and ethics apply.

We believe that standards underpin effective markets. With up to seventy per cent of the world’s wealth bound up in land and real estate, our sector is vital to economic development, helping to support stable, sustainable investment and growth around the globe.

With offices covering the major political and financial centres of the world, our market presence means we are ideally placed to influence policy and embed professional standards. We work at a cross-governmental level, delivering international standards that will support a safe and vibrant marketplace in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure, for the benefit of all.

We are proud of our reputation and work hard to protect it, so clients who work with an RICS professional can have confidence in the quality and ethics of the services they receive.

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