• 29 Nov 2022

2022 KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards - Winners Announced

Congratulations to O'Mahony Pike & MOLA Architecture and Henry J. Lyons the joint winners of the Architecture Award at the 2022 KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards. The ceremony was held in the Convention Centre, on 24 November 2022. 

Photo caption: O'Mahony Pike and MOLA Architecture, Ben Thomas, Orla O Callaghan, Micheal O’Carroll receiving the Architecture Award presented by the RIAI Charlotte Sheridan, MRIAI
Photo caption: O'Mahony Pike and MOLA Architecture, Ben Thomas, Orla O Callaghan, Micheal O’Carroll receiving the Architecture Award presented by the RIAI Charlotte Sheridan, MRIAI

Architecture Award - Joint Winners

O'Mahony Pike & MOLA Architecture for 10-12 Hanover Quay - an excellent example of how historic fabric can be retained and re-used in an imaginative way, forming part of a contemporary scheme, and contributing to the sense of place. Henry J Lyons for Bottleworks, Barrow Street a project shaped by its boundaries. Sitting on a threshold between the new, dense Silicon Docks and the low-rise terraced houses of Dublin’s historic docklands, this new three-story above double-basement building houses an enterprise and innovation centre filled with light and that draws upon the industrial heritage of the area.

Ireland’s longest established property awards programme announced its 2022 winners at the gala awards night attended by over 800 stakeholders from across Ireland. Affectionally known as “The Oscars” of the property industry, the 11 award winners are symbolic of the resilience and determination within all categories of the real estate sector and reflect the excellence that will ensure a brighter future for all stakeholders. A common theme by award winners was a commitment to making the built environment more sustainable and interactive with its community, not just occupiers.  

Jim Clery, Partner, Head of Real Estate at KPMG commenting on the 2022 winners said: “The Irish property industry has a demonstrated history of resilience and ability to deal with uncertainty. The standard of exceptional projects awarded once again reflects the industry’s resilience. Supply chain issues, high input costs and rising interest rates have dominated the news in recent months, but there is no doubt that our industry will find innovative solutions to get through stronger than before, just as they have done over the past two years. At KPMG we’re delighted to support the recognition of excellence in Ireland’s property industry and the showcasing of high-standard activities that are shaping the future of the industry.”

The Overall Winner was IPUT Real Estate who reflect the capability, determination and prowess of the industry at its most excellent. As a leading office investor in Dublin for over 50 years, IPUT have moved into an office redevelopment and regeneration programme, having recognised that the same types of offices that have dominated the urban landscape for the last two decades could no longer be built. IPUT continue to invest in, and develop projects that put placemaking at the forefront of an enhanced experience for occupiers and the local community, and it is this viability that translates into financial resilience for investors. With a robust fund performance and continued outperformance of the MSCI benchmark, IPUT continue to be a vehicle of choice for local and global investors. In the last 10-years IPUT raised over €1.2 billion is fresh equity for the IPUT property fund. IPUTs pathway to Net Zero intends to reach a 40% reduction to operational and embodied emissions in its operational portfolio by 2030. IPUT are leading the way toward net zero offices, one of its tenants committed to operate the first fully operational net zero office building in Ireland. As part of its pathway to net zero IPUT are funding the planting of 106,000 native species of trees in Co. Cork which will sequester over 6,000 tons of CO2 over 40 years. IPUT is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion for existing and potential employees. As of Sept 22, the IPUT team was 55/44 male : female. The advances made by IPUT in use of technology include the launched My IPUT app to better connect occupiers with their workplace community. IPUTs bold decision making hallmarks include continuation with the development programme through the pandemic where it progressed 685,000 sq ft. of office development during the period.

Urban Realm and Planning Award - Princes Street, Cork, by Meitheal Architects & Cork City Council which demonstrated the paradigm shift is not only in how the public uses its city, but also gives imagination to traditionally conservative stakeholders to see what is possible.           

The Community & Heritage Award, was jointly awarded to two stellar Donegal winners. Mc Cabe Architects for Lyons Mill, a transformational community regeneration project in Sligo’s Docklands. Central to this project is the adaptive reuse of the 150-year-old mill. Now viable and sustainable, a ground floor café, Digital Hub and new public realm make this new urban quarter an attractive place to live, work and relax. The Ballyshannon Historic Towns Initiative from Donegal County Council has resulted in the conservation of twelve historic buildings based on a sustainable heritage-led approach, best conservation practice, strong community engagement and value for money.

In the Climate Action & Sustainability Award D/RES Properties was the winner for its Positive Living as exemplified at Tinakilly Park in Rathnew Co.Wicklow a flagship sustainable development of 365 energy efficient homes which shall generate their own renewable energy in a community microgrid to support the energy demand of the national electricity grid and reduce homeowners energy bills by 45%.

Collen won the Contractor Award and has been delivering property excellence for 212 years.

The Workplace Innovation (Best Covid response) Award was received by Ethos Engineering for The Ethos Living Lab which delivers vital solutions proven to address the identified challenges that it clients are encountering as they strive to deliver healthier and more adaptable working environments.

The Property Fund Manager Award went to IPUT Real Estate, a generational investor who are committed to creating places that endure economically & socially and in doing so ensuring investors return.

The Proptech Deployment Award was won by Offr, the online transaction platform that is working with estate agents to bring speed, transparency and simplicity to property transactions across Ireland.

Kevin Sands took The Young Property Professional (U30) Award as the founder of Prop.ie, a property technology and development group. Kevin is developing software solutions for government, institutions and organisations while he raised €10m in financing to develop 46 social housing properties.

In the Residential Agency Award, Hooke & MacDonald lifted the award as it excelled in the adoption of sustainability, placemaking, and environmental advice to clients as well as being to the fore in technological innovation, governance, research, market reports and team wellness.

At the awards, Paul Muldoon of MediaHuis, said, “While these awards are about recognising excellence, there is also the very important element that all nominees and winners are contributing not just to the economy but to the wellbeing of the nation. This is more notable in 2022 than in any year prior, where we have seen centuries old buildings repurposed to living and work spaces. Massive congratulations to all winners. They are regenerating, protecting the environment, while designing the future of living and working. Critically they are doing their utmost to generate sustainable housing stock. I am grateful to our sponsors KPMG, PINERGY and Addelshaw Goddard for their continued support. I would also like to thank our Patrons - Hibernia, Irish Life, Cosgrave Developments and Linesight who have been instrumental in the development of the very important educational element of these awards - funding of the TUD Doctorate in Property Research.”

Our own CEO, Kathryn Meghen & President, Charlotte Sheridan MRIAI were on the judging panel.