Winners of CoStar Agency Awards in London unveiled

By James Buckley - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 14:32

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The finale of this year's series of CoStar Agency Awards event saw more than 100 industry delegates turn out in London last night, where the winners from the capital’s office sector were unveiled. We take a look at who shared the spoils.

Professionals from London’s agency community, as well as some the city’s preeminent developers and investors descended on Le Méridien Piccadilly Hotel, where more than 100 delegates came to celebrate, making it CoStar’s most well attended awards so far.  

Oxford Properties’ Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Paul Brundage, delivered the evening’s keynote speech in which he shared his thoughts on where the London market is heading and how to encourage more diversity within the sector, before taking questions from the audience.

Each year CoStar recognises the UK’s top commercial property agencies, through a detailed analysis of the thousands of deals it collects over 12 months.

In addition to the awards that are based on CoStar data, the company also publishes CoStar News Editor’s Choice awards. In this category readers vote for the “Deal of the Year” and “Dealmaker of the Year” awards in each region as well as “Best Newcomer” in selected markets.

In the London City Office category, Cushman & Wakefield took the lion’s share of the prizes, scooping awards for most active agent for availability, disposals, acquisitions and number of disposals. JLL took the only other prize in that category, being crowned most active agent by number of instructions.

Cushman & Wakefield’s James Meikle won dealmaker of the year and the deal of the year award went to Brookfield Property Partners’ 100 Bishopsgate for the 249,635 sq ft letting to law firm Freshfields. Sioned Thomas took the prize for the City’s best newcomer.

CBRE dominated in the London West End Office category, scooping awards for most active agent by availability, number of instructions, disposals (sq ft) and number of disposals.

Cushman & Wakefield took the other West End award for most active agent by acquisitions. The individual awards for the West End went to Mark Fisher of Tuckerman for dealmaker of the year; and Derwent London’s 390,000 sq ft 80 Charlotte Street won deal of the year for its deal with Arup.

In Midtown there was a good spread of winners, with CBRE picking up two awards for most active agent by availability and most active agent by disposals (sq ft). Colliers International also claimed two prizes in this category, including most active agent by number of instructions and number of disposals. Cushman & Wakefield was crown Midtown’s most active agent by acquisitions (sq ft).

Individual glory for the Midtown market went CBRE’s Simon Lee who won dealmaker of the year, while deal of the year went to Almacantar’s 125 Shaftesbury Avenue for its 140,000 sq ft letting to WeWork.

In the West London & Thames Valley Office category, there was a good spread of winners, with JLL picking up most active agent by disposals and most active agent by availability. Duncan Bailey-Kennedy won two accolades for most active agent by number of instructions and most active agent by number of disposals. Cushman & Wakefield won most active agent by acquisitions (sq ft).

The Editor’s Choice dealmaker of the year went to Shaun Wolfe of Frost Meadowcroft, with deal of the year going to CBRE Global Investors’ and Boultbee Brooks Real Estate’s The White Building, where Roc Search took 13,315 sq ft.

CBRE dominated the London Docklands Office category, picking up awards for most active agent by availability (sq ft), disposals (sq ft) and number of disposals. BNP Paribas Real Estate was Docklands’ most active agent by acquisitions (sq ft) and Cherryman was the most active by number of instructions. BNP Paribas Real Estate’s Dan Bayley was crowned Docklands’ dealmaker of the year and deal of the year was the GPU’s deal to take 495,426 sq ft at 20 Cabot Square.

Union Street Partners bossed the London Southbank Offices category, scooping three of the five prizes, including most active agent by availability (sq ft), number of instructions and number of disposals. The other awards in the Southbank category went to JLL for most active agent by acquisitions (sq ft) and disposals (sq ft).

Southbank’s dealmaker of the year went to Cushman & Wakefield’s Toby Ogden, while deal of the year went to Battersea Power Station for Apple’s 467,325 sq ft leasing deal at the development.

GM Real Estate won two awards in the London Central Single Branch category, including most active agent by availability (sq ft) and most active agent by disposals (sq ft). Monmouth Dean was crowned most active agent by number of instructions, while DeVono Cresa was the most active by acquisitions and Edward Charles & Partners took the prize for number of disposals.

Single branch dealmaker of the year went to Hanover Green’s Neil Proctor and Feiner de Smith won deal of the year for the 82,594 sq ft letting to Framestore at 28 Chancery Lane.

jbuckley@costar.co.uk

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