EuropaProperty has completed its 13th annual CEE Investment Awards, which took place at the prestigious Intercontinental Hotel in Warsaw, Poland. The awards gala was met with resounding acclaim and was warmly embraced by both the award recipients and their distinguished guests.
The awards ceremony was a visual spectacle, once again graced by a significant gathering of around 350 senior professionals from the European and Central European real estate sector. This solidified the event’s esteemed reputation as a true cornerstone within the investment industry.
Kajima Properties Europe emerged as the standout performer this year, clinching three prestigious awards spanning the primary investment and development categories. Panattoni, Solida Capital Europe, and NEPI Rockcastle also secured their share of notable accolades.
Highlighting the burgeoning interest in the region’s PRS/PBSA/Residential sectors, Kajima Properties Europe garnered well-deserved praise from the jury in the PRS/PBSA/Residential Developer and Investment categories. Additionally, the company secured the Joint Venture Investor of the Year award.
The outlook for the PRS/PBSA sectors in the region appears promising, as evidenced by Solida Capital Europe’s recognition for the PRS/PBSA Future Project award for the Wenedow PBSA development in Warsaw. The student housing sector is experiencing substantial growth with significant development potential. Echo Investment received a commendation from the jury for its PBSA development, STUDENT DEPOT Krakow.
This year, retail investments saw a notable surge, exemplified by NEPI Rockcastle’s substantial acquisition of Forum Gdansk in Poland. Building on this success and its astute investment strategy across the region, the company was also acknowledged as Retail Investor. LCP Properties was honoured for its expanded development strategy, earning the title of Retail Developer of the Year.
While office investments have experienced a slowdown, transactions are still being concluded. CBRE Investment Management clinched the Core Investor prize, while Globalworth was lauded by the jury as Office Investor of the Year. A noteworthy achievement for the company was the sale of Warta Tower in Warsaw to a Cornerstone Investment Management subsidiary. Domestic investors are stepping in to fill the void left by more cautious institutional investors.
In the warehouse sector, Newport Logistics Fund garnered recognition as Warehouse Investor, while Solida Capital Europe secured the title of Investment Asset Management Firm. DWS was awarded Core+ Investor, and TREI Real Estate and Patron Capital’s Vendo Park in Zambrow was voted Retail Development of the Year.
Panattoni’s Robert Dobrzyski was named this year’s Industry Professional. Panattoni, a prominent warehouse developer in Europe, stands as one of the CEE region’s largest and most successful industrial firms, undertaking projects throughout the region. The company also claimed the Warehouse Development of the Year award for the BTS Factory for Reynaers Aluminium in Poland.
Varso Tower in Warsaw secured the Office Project of the Year award. The recently completed office complex was deemed by the jurors as an exemplar of leading Class A office development and a testament to Poland’s cutting-edge office infrastructure. Other noteworthy developments included the fully renovated Palac Dunaj by Zeitgeist Asset Management in Prague.
pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank was named this year’s Bank of the Year. The specialized bank was commended for its core lending business and pivotal role in providing credit to the real estate industry.
Ghelamco, a leading real estate development company in Poland, received the Future Project of the Year award, recognized by the jury for its consistently successful sustainable development model, exemplified by the soon-to-be-delivered The Bridge office development in Warsaw.
A personal accolade was presented to Sierra Balmain’s Marcin Popowski as the Rising Star of the Year. Sierra Balmain also earned the title of Property Management Firm of the Year, while Gleeds once again secured the Project Management Firm award.
Further company honours were bestowed upon JWA for Professional Service Provider, TPA as this year’s outstanding Tax and Financial Adviser, and New Work as the leading Serviced Offices Provider. AXI Immo took home the Agency award, and workcloud24 was recognized as the Proptech Innovation Provider.
Other notable industry winners included Greenberg Traurig as Law Firm, Kajima as Construction Firm, and Strabag PFS as Facility Management Firm. APA Wojciechowski received the Architectural Firm of the Year award, DHL Supply Chain was named Logistics Service Provider, and Lodz was honoured with the City of the Year award.
On behalf of our sponsors, judges, and attendees, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the winners. The groundwork is already laid for an even more exceptional event next year.
The 14th annual CEE Investment Awards are scheduled for October 24th, 2024.