Retail excellence recognised at the sixth annual EuropaProperty CEE Retail Real Estate Awards Gala

EuropaProperty’s fifth annual CEE Retail Real Estate Awards, which highlighted the best commercial retail real estate companies, retailers, projects and people in the CEE region for 2012, continued to build on previous successes by welcoming over 400 top real estate professionals to this year’s event. The awards, held on February 21st at the five-star Intercontinental Hotel Warsaw, were selected by an international academy of jurors, comprised of senior industry professionals.

Rising above the general malaise in Europe’s retail sector, this year’s ceremony underlined the continued enthusiasm for retail real estate in Central and Eastern Europe, with a broad spectrum of winners collecting accolades for their continued market success.

Highlighting their extensive regional coverage, knowledge and experience, ECE Projektmanagement were this year’s biggest winners, collecting three awards.

Two of the awards received were for their Central development in Slovakia. The project was awarded Retail Project of the Year in the large category and took away the coveted Overall Retail Project of the Year award too. The company also walked away with the Property Management Firm of the Year award, highlighting the growing importance of good asset management.

Atrium Real Estate Management was honoured as the Overall Company of the Year for its accomplishments over the last year on the Polish retail property market.

“We are extremely happy about the award, all the more so as our accomplishments were assessed by industry representatives,” commented Katarzyna Cyz, CEO at Atrium Poland. “Our strong position as an owner, investor and now also developer is chiefly confirmed by our portfolio of 21 retail properties across Poland.”

Also recognized for their investment success in the region over the past year was CBRE Global Investors, which picked up the Investor of the Year award.

This year’s ceremony saw a lot of companies walk off with more than one award and past winners recognised again for their continued market success.

Ptak Holdings, for example, scooped two awards. Driving the success of the company is Albert Ptak, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, who was recognised as this year’s Overall Professional of the Year, as well as seeing his company receive an award for their Ptak Outlet Centre, the largest outlet centre in Poland, in the Factory Outlet Centre of the Year award category.

Project categories continued to reflect the changing dynamics of the region’s retail developments. This year’s projects were distinctively on smaller development scales, mirroring the more conservative pipeline plans from the region’s developers.

Other projects awarded on the night included Dekada Realty’s Dekada Olsztyn for Retail Project of the Year in the small category and Paige Investments/AEW Europe’s KLIF.DOM MODY, a highly praised refurbishment project, won Retail Project of the Year in the medium category.

Other major accolades were given to Echo Investment, which was recognised for their continued development in 2012 and walked off with the Retail Developer of the Year award for the second year in a row. Salans picked up the Law Firm of the Year award for the third year in succession.

Jones Lang LaSalle also won Agency of the Year for the third year in a row, four times overall, illustrating the leading role it plays in the retail sector across CEE, in market conditions which remain somewhat challenging.

Beatrice Mouton, Regional Director, Head of Retail CEE at Jones Lang LaSalle commented: “We are absolutely delighted with the CEE Retail Agency Award, which is a testament to our clients' appreciation for Jones Lang LaSalle's expertise, professionalism and strategic, broad advisory, as well as the company’s strong performance across the region. What is particularly important is that this title has been achieved in challenging economic circumstances and growing competition on the market. The award is a prestigious recognition from the industry not only for the leasing teams, but also for other Jones Lang LaSalle retail business divisions such as investment, valuations, property management and research.”

Additional company awards were presented to pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank, which was voted Bank of the Year for the second year in a row. Tax and Financial Adviser of the Year award went to TPA Horwath, with the company also taking the Professional Service Provider of the Year award for the first time. Cushman & Wakefield also won the Project Management Firm of the Year award for the first time.

Coffeeheaven won an award for the fifth year in a row. Other companies picking up an award for the fifth consecutive year included Chapman Taylor, which again picked up Architectural Firm of the Year.

Overall retailer of the Year went to Reserved, who were recognised for their extensive expansion throughout 2012 and the Newcomer of the Year award was received by COS.

Other winners for the retailer specific awards included: Pure Fitness, SMYK, Kazar, Mohito and Jula.

AWARD WINNERS
• Entertainment/Leisure Retailer of the Year: Pure Fitness
• Big Box Retailer of the Year: Jula
• Specialty Retailer of the Year (under 100 sqm) Coffeeheaven
• Speciality Retailer of the Year (over 100 sqm) Smyk
• Fashion Retailer of the Year (under 200 sqm) Kazar
• Fashion Retailer of the Year (under 500 sqm) Mohito
• Fashion Retailer of the Year (over 500sqm) Reserved
• Newcomer of the Year: COS
• Professional Service Provider of the Year: TPA Horwath
• Tax and Financial Adviser of the Year: TPA Horwath
• Architectural Firm of the Year: Chapman Taylor
• Law Firm of the Year: Salans
• Property Management Firm of the Year: ECE Projektmanagement
• Project Management Firm of the Year: Cushman & Wakefield
• Consultant / Letting Agent of the Year: Jones Lang LaSalle
• Bank/Finance Provider of the Year: pbb Deutsche Pfanbriefbank
• Investor of the Year: CBRE Global Investors
• Developer of the Year: Echo Investment
• Factory Outlet Centre of the Year – Ptak Outlet Centre – Ptak - Poland
• Retail Project Small: under 15,000 sqm GLA – Dekada Olsztyn – Dekada Realty - Poland
• Retail Project Medium: 15,001 sqm to 30,000 sqm GLA - KLIF.DOM MODY – Paige Investments/AEW Europe – Poland
• Retail Project Large: over 30,001 sqm GLA – Central - ECE - Slovakia
• Overall Retailer of The Year: Reserved
• Overall Company of the Year: Atrium
• Overall Project of the Year: Central - ECE - Slovakia
• Overall Professional of the Year: Albert Ptak – Ptak Holdings

The event brought together some of the top-performing firms from all of the major retail market sectors in the rapidly expanding CEE region. The winners were selected by an independent jury panel of over 40 key sector decision makers, ranging from developers, landlords, advisors and occupiers, active in the retail industry across the CEE region.

The annual CEE Retail Real Estate Awards Gala is the region's premier retail awards event, hosted by EuropaProperty. The event, organized for the fifth time, attracted several hundred real estate representatives and covered countries of Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, Austria, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

“EuropaProperty has been truly effective in extending our contacts network, and in facilitating business partnerships even in areas we haven't expected,” commented Barbara Somogyiova Director of International Expansion at List Fashion Group, at the award’s event. “Their knowledge of the market and clear commitment to generate real business opportunities has been a true value added to our brand's entrance on the CEE markets.”

The retail awards gala and forum was organized to acknowledge and highlight the growing international significance of the commercial retail real estate market and related industries in the CEE region from both a development and investment perspective. Awards were presented for companies in the region for outstanding accomplishments for the year 2012.

EuropaProperty would like to thank all the participants at the event and congratulate the winners. The awards for 2013, to be held in February 2014, are set to be even more competitive in these increasingly dynamic markets and challenging times.

The EuropaProperty CEE Retail Real Estate Awards for 2012 was sponsored by Premier Partners: Inter IKEA Centre Group, CBRE Global Investors, TriGranit Management Corporation, and PTAK. Associate Partners: Helaba Bank, pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank, Atrium, ECE, Magnusson and TPA Horwath. Award Sponsor: Manhattan Software Group (Investor of the Year), Mk Illumination (Retailer of the Year). Supporting Partner: IBC. Audit: Ernst & Young. Wine Partner: Mielżyński. Venue Partner: InterContinental Warsaw. Car Rental Partner: AVIS. Media Partners: Biznes Polska, Biz Poland and Inteligentny Budynek.

Article published on 05.03.2013
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