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RICS APAC Awards 2022: Australia

RICS APAC Awards 2022: Australia

The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. They recognise outstanding achievement, teamwork and companies.

Congratulations to all winners and finalists for RICS Awards 2022 Australia, who each demonstrated industry leading achievements and have shown high standards of professionalism across the built environment in Australia.

During the recent announcement week, it was also our pleasure to announce Peter Spiller FRICS, as the recipient of the most prestigious award for built environment professionals, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Head to the RICS LinkedIn page or access all the announcement videos via the links below.

  • 2022 winners
  • Highly commended

2022 winners

Building Certification Team of the Year

 

Building Approvals and Advice

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Building Consultancy Team of the Year

Knight Frank Australia Pty Ltd

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Dispute Resolution Team of the Year

Accura Consulting

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Facilities Management Team of the Year

Knight Frank Australia Pty Ltd

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Project Management Team of the Year

Savills Australia

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Property Management Team of the Year

No1 ANZAC Square

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Quantity Surveying Team of the Year

AECOM Australia Pty Ltd - Cost Management

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Real Estate Advisory Team of the Year

Savills Australia

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Real Estate Agency Team of the Year

Cygnet West

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Research Team of the Year

Cushman & Wakefield

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Valuation Team of the Year

JLL Australia

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Innovation Award

Systech International

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Sustainability Award

QV1

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Young Achiever of the Year

Chanel Ong, MBM

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Woman of the Built Environment Award

Nellie O'Keeffe, Investa Property Group

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Peter Spiller FRICS

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Highly commended

Quantity Surveying Team of the Year

Arcadis

Linesight

Sustainability Award

Knight Frank Australia Pty Ltd

Young Achiever of the Year

Janitha Kaushal MRICS, Knight Frank Australia Pty Ltd

Paul McArd FRICS, Accura Consulting

2022 Finalists

  • Accura Consulting

    Nominated for: Dispute Resolution Team of the Year

    Accura Consulting are a chartered quantity surveying firm that specialize in matters of quantum and delay in the construction industry. They provide industry stakeholders practicable and actionable advice and "dig deeper" into the problem to provide the right solution through reasoned technical arguments based in facts and evidence.

    AECOM (Australia Pty Ltd)

    Nominated for: Quantity Surveying Team of the Year

    The Centre's for National Resilience provide purpose-built quarantine accommodation across Australia. AECOM is supporting the Commonwealth Government as Lead Consultant across the country’s three facilities which provide capacity as strategic Commonwealth assets for ongoing use in future health crises, national emergencies, and humanitarian responses. AECOM’s Quantity Surveying team are providing cost management services for the three facilities and were instrumental in contributing to the successful delivery of the Melbourne facility which was delivered under an accelerated program. The team exceled in their response to the pressures and demands of the project with high levels of professional, teamwork and innovation.

    Arcadis

    Nominated for: Innovation Award and Quantity Surveying Team of the Year

    Developed by the Arcadis Cost Management Team in Australia, Cost Clarity is an online application designed to improve and maximise our clients experience. Cost Clarity provides our clients with instantaneous access to their project cost data. It challenges and improves project performance by providing clear and transparent data, improving project team collaboration, and by generating advanced analytics and insights. All of this together, provides our clients with an elevated understanding of the cost impact of their decisions. It is a quantum shift in the delivery of cost management services.

    BGIS

    Nominated for: Innovation Award

    BGIS developed a unique model that proposed the installation of LED lighting projects, whilst significantly reduces the CAPEX outlay component required by the Client through the obtainment of Energy Saving Certificates whilst leveraging off the NSW State Government grant (IPART Energy Saving Scheme) providing a gain share incentive – a concept that hasn’t yet been seen across the commercial sector in this format.

    Building Approvals and Advice (BA&A)

    Nominated for: Building Certification Team of the Year

    With a passion for building safety worthy of celebration, the small team of certifiers at Building Approvals and Advice (BA&A) worked hard to help ensure compliant homes and pools around Brisbane. Technology and innovation enhanced workflow efficiency. Their commitment to education for industry professionals was deserving of recognition. Despite significant challenges and complex decisions to be made after state legislative updates, change was managed effectively. Guidance from the Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors (RICS) supported the BA&A team to act ethically. They have demonstrated outstanding dedication, collaboration, and professionalism to deliver smooth building approvals for complex residential projects.

     

    Capital Consulting International (Australia) Pty Ltd

    Nominated for: Dispute Resolution Team of the Year

    CCI provides dispute resolution services to the insurance and construction industry. We combine international best practice with local know-how. CCI acquired Aston Consult in 2021. The Puhoi to Warkworth Project is an 18.5 km dual carriageway PPP Project, being constructed north of Auckland, New Zealand by a joint venture between The Fletcher Construction Company and Acciona Infrastructure. Since 2019 CCI has provided a variety of commercial and dispute resolution services to the joint venture. This submission showcases a particular assignment undertaken just before the start of the Covid 19 Pandemic, which enabled the Project to avoid a lengthy legal dispute.

    CBRE

    Nominated for: Building Consultancy Team of the Year

    CBRE’s Building Consultancy team consistently delivered for clients despite the challenges of COVID-19, achieving significant year-on-year growth of over 35%. Several key projects were completed, including the AVEO portfolio, comprising 93 Retirement living assets in five states within a 2 month delivery period, working with other CBRE teams to assist a potential buyer on the Milestone Portfolio (45 Properties, 112 Buildings) and culminating in the Technical Due Diligence of the Dexus Australia Logistics Portfolio, comprising of 76 industrial &logistics assets. The team launched 3D scanning services and established a permanent Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) team in 2022.


    Nominated for: Property Management Team of the Year

    CBRE’s multi-disciplinary No1 ANZAC Square management team upholds the highest standards of service, ethics and expertise to deliver on AsheMorgan’s vision for a transformed office precinct and tenant experience that sets a new benchmark for Brisbane. With a focus on deep tenant engagement throughout a challenging $25 million renovation with 95% occupancy, the team has exceeded the expectations of their client and tenants to deliver an outstanding tenant experience that matches the premium build and finish of the space.

    Nominated for: Real Estate Advisory Team of the Year

    CBRE’s Advisory & Transaction Services – Occupier team is proud to have worked with Not-for-profits (NFPs) during the pandemic period to help them reduce costs and channel funds towards causes that matter. In 2021, this included working with Headspace in Melbourne to achieve over $590,000 in lease savings over two years, with our process and in-depth financial analysis allowing us to exceed headspace’s targets on cost and flexibility. These achievements led to the team’s appointment by the youth mental health foundation to review its Sydney and Brisbane lease arrangements in 2022.

    Colliers

    Nominated for: Property Management Team of the Year

    The ISPT Portfolio provides Property and Facilities management to 15 ISPT Properties on the Australian eastern seaboard. The Team consists of 21 team members across all facets of Shopping Centre Management. Overall we are focused on ensuring asset performance whilst delivering on ISPTs community initiatives and assisting ISPT’s growth objectives.

    Nominated for: Real Estate Agency Team of the Year

    Colliers’ Melbourne CBD Office Leasing team is a dynamic powerhouse of real estate professionals. The team is passionate, takes personal responsibility and accountability towards client and project outcomes, always striving to challenge what's expected, pushing landlords to deliver the best projects through, thoughtful innovation, technology, amenity, and sustainability initiatives. Although the Melbourne lockdowns have created a difficult leasing environment, the team has never waded from their mission to maximise the potential of property to accelerate the success of their clients and people.

     

    Nominated for: Real Estate Agency Team of the Year

    At Colliers, we empower our people to be enterprising to exceed expectations; collaborate to drive exceptions results; invest in relationships to drive enduring value; do what’s right for our clients, people, and communities; and be experts to lead our industry into the future. The Colliers Sydney CBD Office Leasing team is a dynamic powerhouse of real estate professionals who consistently achieve outstanding results both within the business and wider market. Despite COVID-19 lockdowns and challenging market conditions, the team has collaborated to deliver exceptional results throughout 2021 and beyond.

     

    Cushman & Wakefield

    Nominated for: Research Team of the Year

    The paper "Office Demand in a Post Pandemic Market" provides a quantitative estimate as to how the structural force of increased hybrid working will balance with the cyclical force of employers fighting a 'war for talent' amid a historically tight labour market. Rather than using a one-size-fits-all approach, it utilizes scenarios that can be applied to a range of industries, as well as tenants and landlords alike. The authors are John Sears, Head of Research ANZ, Chris Marrable, Director - Strategic Consulting ANZ, and Dominic Brown, Global Head of Demographic Insights.

    Nominated for: Project Management Team of the Year

    Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) acted as project managers for a purpose-built PC2 laboratory and warehouse facility in Bundamba, Queensland. This unique and technically complex project repurposed an existing warehouse into a ‘building-within-a-building’ structure that encompasses laboratories, temperature-controlled storage, and office amenities. The solutions-focus and professionalism of the team ensured the completed facility met the exacting standards of their client while challenging the industry status quo providing a leading example that existing building stock can be repurposed. C&W project management team is proud to have been instrumental in building the largest genomics testing facility in the southern hemisphere.

     

    Cygnet West

    Nominated for: Real Estate Agency Team of the Year

    Cygnet West is a market-leading team of 140 professionals providing all property services across the office, retail, industrial, hotel, retirement living, land and residential sectors. With a 90-plus year history of operating in Western Australia, Cygnet West has more than 2,500 properties under management and during 2021 were responsible for 156,000 sqm leasing transactions and $1.2 billion worth of property successfully sold on behalf of clients across all property types. In 2021, Cygnet West was able to break through WA’s strict border restrictions to broker 94.5 per cent of all Perth CBD office sales worth more than $10 million.

     

    JLL Australia

    Nominated for: Facilities Management Team of the Year

    Through the COVID-19 pandemic period, Australia Post experienced unprecedented growth in e-commerce take-up by the community and businesses, resulting in the expansion of their property portfolio and operational hours. JLL Australia Post account FM operations team assisted Australia Post with a variety of risk management measures, operational changes, and risk management approaches to support 24x7 operations, and COVID-19 response teams to assist the Community facing retail network. JLL’s successful implementation of COVID-19 pandemic support to Australia Post limited the impacts crippling distribution and logistics services, and over 99% of the post office network remained open.

    Nominated for: Real Estate Advisory Team of the Year

    JLL was engaged by a major occupier in Perth to help them create a hybrid working environment to enable their people to work where and when to get great outcomes. A detailed study and unique approach to market engagement was devised to maximise the outcome for our client in a city with limited options that met their requirements. This led to an outcome that exceeded all expectations providing our client with a flexible work environment with significant cost savings across the term of the lease.

    Nominated for: Research Team of the Year

    We believe that world-leading research is a compass for change. We place a high priority on research that will positively affect our outlook on this fast-changing world. As recognised in Australia's real estate industry, we offer thought leadership, insightful forecasting, and critical analysis. Our dedicated research team uncovers market trends related to all aspects of real estate, providing objective, fact-based market analysis and commentary.

    Nominated for Valuation Team of the Year

    With experts in all major capital cities and deep relationships with key policy makers and stakeholders, JLL provides fast and quality advice to clients across all industries. JLL’s National Residential Advisory Services Team provide expert strategic advice across the sector, with the ability to value all types of property from basic commercial and residential to complex specialised assets. This submission details the team’s excellence in the 2021 and ongoing Services Australia valuation and indexation services project. The combination of JLL’s teamwork, deep market experience, extensive research, technical accounting expertise and financial analysis capabilities contributed to the success of the project.

     

    Knight Frank Australia Pty Ltd

    Nominated for: Building Consultancy Team of the Year

    During late 2021 through to early 2022, the Knight Frank Building Consultancy team was awarded a 10-year capital expenditure and Repairs and Maintenance assessments life cycle audit instruction on a portfolio of 21 Aged care and Retirement Living Facilities across Australia on behalf of St Vincent’s Care Services. The team successfully inspected 21 assets concurrently over a 4-month period and provided a concise comprehensive report which detailed the condition of all assets structurally, and identified any WHS, sustainability and climate risks. This enabled the client to understand their assets and ascertain likely capital costs required for their ongoing maintenance. 

    Nominated for: Facilities Management Team of the Year and Sustainability Award

    Knight Frank’s WorkZone team has achieved multiple sustainability firsts; thus, setting a standard for Western Australian commercial properties. Through passion, innovation and a focus on measurable results across the two buildings, our achievements include:

    • Becoming the first 6 Star NABERS Energy office building in Western Australia without green power for WorkZone West in 2021
    • Becoming the first carbon neutral commercial building in Western Australia for WorkZone East in 2021
    • Receiving Waterwise Gold Recognition for WorkZone East, one of nine buildings in Western Australia in 2021

    Linesight

    Nominated for: Quantity Surveying Team of the Year

    Linesight was engaged by Equinix, the world’s digital infrastructure company™, to provide full cost management services for its first xScale data centre in the country known as SY9x, a project that supports Australia’s transformation into a top 10 digital economy. The facility falls within the US$575million joint venture (both SY9x & SY10x), which will provide more than 55MW power capacity and accommodate the unique workload deployment of a targeted group of hyperscale companies, including the world's largest cloud service providers. The scope and scale of these data centres aligns Australia’s vision to become a modern data and digital-driven society by 2030.

    MBM

    Nominated for: Building Consultancy Team of the Year

    The requirements of the recently developed SBBIS is work perfectly suited to the Chartered Building Surveyor and is heavily reliant on the core competencies such as building pathology, defects assessment and rectification methodology. The well documented issues with residential developments within NSW required action by the industry and this scheme will play a large part in providing assurance to the many stakeholders involved in residential strata developments. Involvement with RICS Building Surveying Panel will only advance the benefits within the industry for the various stakeholders, owners and occupiers, RICS and the Chartered Building Surveyor.

    Nominated for: Dispute Resolution Team of the Year

    The MBM expert witness team is a proud and high achieving team who has developed strong communication skills and technical skills that have allowed them to flawlessly deliver quantum expert witness evidence to numerous clients on a vast selection of projects. The ability to perform under tight deadlines and court orders, the ability to read, review and evaluate thousands of pages of liability evidence and reports, and then to complete high quality deliverables should not be overlooked. The team make up includes 3 older experienced experts, two emerging experts in their twenties and a female cadet in training.

    Nominated for: Quantity Surveying Team of the Year

    MBM is nominating our schools team including David Madden, Selma Trepanic, Autumn Lu, Loc Tri Nguyen, Heather Chang, EmilyWang, Bill Alemis and others who assisted on the following projects:

    • Green Square PS
    • Greater Western Sydney Cluster projects
    • Fort St PS

    MBM team acknowledges their responsibility as Cost Managers to be proactive and believe that communication by all parties but especially the Quantity Surveyor is key to project success. Being the best QS possible matters to MBM team and being proud of their professional achievement helps them to promote Quantity Surveying in the industry and beyond.

    Nominated for: Research Team of the Year

    MBM’s evolution from traditional cost planner to a modern and commercial cost advisor is a move we feel all modern quantity surveyors need to make to stay relevant and contribute to a greater good. The point of difference in MBM producing the DfMA guidelines document (costing modern schools construction) is that we were not only contributors or bit part players but acknowledged drivers of the methodology. MBM submits this nomination for Research Team of the Year for the research done to-date and ongoing efforts to improve a sustainable approach to deliver educational facilities for the next generation.

    Plan1 Project Management & Consultancy

    Nominated for: Real Estate Advisory Team of the Year

    Richard as part of Plan1 Project Management & Consultancy, being independent, utilised his strong relationships with all real estate agencies and landlords across City of Melbourne to foster a collaborative approach to reactivating spaces across the municipality. Richard strategically focused on strengthening strips where there are deep vacancy issues. With Richard’s strong network of agencies,19 formerly vacant shopfronts were activated to a range of tenants in the first 9 months of the program. Richard also worked with several successful applicants to the shopfront activation program to extend their leases on a longer-term basis.

     

    Project Cost Management Group

    Nominated for: Innovation Award

    Project Cost Management Group (PCMG) has innovated and customised a Program & Budgeting Tool to capture, organise, visualise and present on the Victorian Government's $5.3 billion Housing program. PCMG look beyond the typical out-of-the-box reporting method where the program involves multiple stakeholders and spans from site across the State of Victoria. It’s PCMG’s continuous customization, interactive nature and proactive approach of the tool, which showcase how when innovation is coupled with expertise, professionalism, and teamwork, that outstanding value for money outcomes can be achieved outcomes that are deserving of the 2022 RICS Innovation Award.

    Nominated for: Quantity Surveying Team of the Year

    Project Cost Management Group (PCMG) was engaged as Principal Cost Manager on Victorian Government’s $5.3B Big Housing Build Program to find a way to capture, organise, visualise and present on several billion dollars of cost information coming from sites across the State. PCMG overcame this challenge by developing an innovative Program & Budgeting Tool. It’s PCMG’s continuous customization and proactive approach of the tool, however, which showcase how when innovation is coupled with expertise, professionalism, and teamwork, that outstanding value for money outcomes can be achieved, outcomes that are deserving of the 2022 RICS Quantity Surveying Team of the Year Award.

    Property Inspections Sunshine Coast

    Nominated for: Building Consultancy Team of the Year

    Stuart Marsay BSc MRICS (Property Inspections Sunshine Coast) is the first RICS residential building and timber pest consultancy in Australia, specialising in residential properties. He is the first and only RICS practitioner to have successfully navigated the QBCC and pest management criterion, which shows the determination he has as an individual to succeed. 

    QV1 

    Nominated for: Sustainability Award

    QV1 is a 43-storey modernist skyscraper located at the western end of Perth’s CBD. Designed by internationally renowned architect Harry Seidler AC, QV1 was one of Australia’s most energy-efficient buildings at its 1991 completion. As the oldest premium-grade office tower in Perth CBD, QV1 prioritises achieving outstanding sustainability outcomes through a robust ESG framework that is industry-leading. 

     

    ResolveXO

    Nominated for: Real Estate Advisory Team of the Year

    ResolveXO industrial team, while managing the property portfolio of their client Silk Contract Logistics, identified an opportunity to  consolidate the warehousing and distribution centres into a single high-tech ‘campus’ - better located, more efficient and environmentally sustainable. In solving how to fund the project, the team developed an innovative approach that allowed their client to purchase a 12HA parcel of land with a long settlement term. This permitted the ResolveXO team to prepare development applications, market the land to prospective developers, create a favourable leaseback, and sell at a significant profit achieving their client’s objectives with minimal exposure to risk.

     

    Savills Australia

    Nominated for: Project Management Team of the Year

    The Savills-nominated project management team that delivered the retail and urban ground-plane precinct of West Village has demonstrated the highest levels of client service, leadership and initiative to help Sekisui House produce what is arguably one of the finest examples of urban renewal in Australia. The team delivered an inspiring and authentic retail environment that seamlessly blends with a superb example of sub-tropical gardens that creates a place of respite and peace in the middle of inner-city Brisbane.

    Nominated for: Real Estate Advisory Team of the Year

    The Savills Property Consultancy (SPC) team is nominated for their work in aiding the transformation of Blacktown in the west of Sydney. Blacktown City Council (BCC) has embarked upon of program of 8 projects to transform the city. The SPC team has been appointed on 6 of these projects, including: attracting a University for Blacktown and the Blacktown Exercise Sports and Technology Hub (BEST Hub).

     

     

    Systech International

    Nominated for: Dispute Resolution Team of the Year

    Systech has provided crucial dispute resolution and avoidance services to major infrastructure projects in New South Wales. The team has proven that it can work under extreme pressure to meet the various time constraints, whilst producing the required evidence and substantiation to a high standard. This required our team to show a great commercial and legal understanding of how to present a claim and required a high level of construction knowledge to identify areas of lost productivity.

    Nominated for: Innovation Award

    The Systech team developed a new project planning and delay analysis software, which features industry leading precision and accuracy by producing daily analysis reports that identify delays in real time, allowing timely notifications and preventive mitigation measures to be implemented in advance of project impacts. It performs Time Impact and Windows Analysis, to quantify Extensions of Time, defining periods of compensation. It is of particular importance as both are calculated to a precision 30 times more accurate than the standard practice of monthly analysis, to establish entitlement and concurrency. Primavera compatible, endorsed by the ICLA, compliant with recognised international standards.

    Nominated for: Quantity Surveying Team of the Year

    The Systech Quantity Surveying Team on the North East Link Project, Victoria are providing Cost Engineering and Commercial Management services to the Client, MTIA. In particular, the Team is responsible for developing innovative tendering techniques, including embedding team members in bid teams to ensure compliance and to focus on deliverables, greater cost certainty and mitigation of delays. This approach called for exceptional professionalism and impeccable conduct and ensured the bidders could deliver compliant bids with the required level of experience and confirm specific resource availability, during Covid-19 restrictions to keep the tender process on track.

     

     

    TBH

    Nominated for: Dispute Resolution Team of the Year

    TBH is the experienced voice in Claims and Dispute Resolution. The TBH-Dispute-Resolution-Team wanted to re-connect to the industries construction dispute lawyers following the lock downs experienced by us all around Australia. Commencing in 2021, the TBH-Dispute-Resolution-Team are in the process of delivering +40 training sessions to legal teams on the principles of disputes within time and cost claims. The purpose of these sessions is to deliver an educational activity that is relevant to their immediate or long-term needs in relation to their professional development and practice of law.

    Turner & Townsend

    Nominated for: Quantity Surveying Team of the Year

    Turner & Townsend’s Portfolio commercial management team based in Sydney have been working together for over five years, delivering major projects for key clients. The quantity surveying team comprised of Simon Kearney (Director), Robert Mahon (Associate Director) and Atika Anwar (Senior Cost Manager) are redefining the definition and role of cost managers in Australia by taking full ownership of budgets and cost and providing data driven insights and proactive advice to their clients.

    Nominated for: Sustainability Award

    The Solar in Schools program supports the Northern Territory Government’s ambitious net zero targets. The program has been an incredible success through reducing carbon emissions, providing a unique learning opportunity for students and saving schools tens of thousands of dollars that is then redirected back into school budgets.

    Nominated for: Sustainability Award

    In mid-2021, Turner & Townsend was engaged by the Woolworths Supermarkets Format and Network Development (FND) to program manage and accelerate their sustainability program to help Woolworths achieve its ambitious sustainability commitments. As the program managers for the FND sustainability program, Turner & Townsend is collaborating with the Woolworths FND team to reduce carbon emissions by assisting them in implementing innovative practices, new technologies and standardising their practical sustainability initiatives into new supermarket stores and store upgrades. The FND Sustainability Program is specifically focused on the improvement of sustainability across the Woolworths supermarkets portfolio and supports the Woolworths Groups’ commitment to sustainability.

  • Atika Anwar, Turner & Townsend

    Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year

    Atika Anwar is a senior cost manager at Turner & Townsend and the youngest quantity surveyor to manage a portfolio of fit-out projects for Turner & Townsend's key client accounts. Atika takes full ownership of budgets and costs, saving her clients millions of dollars across their program of works. Atika is a strong advocate for women in the construction industry and is currently the NAWIC NSW Chapter Treasurer Co-Chair, using her cost management skills to create a positive change for women in the construction industry.

    Chanel Ong, MBM

    Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year

    Born in 1995 in Sydney’s South West to refugee parents from Cambodia, the path to a professional Quantity Surveyor was not something that was expected. After graduating from an all female high school, it came as a surprise when Chanel chose to pursue a career in an industry that was heavily male dominated. With her team of 4 she managed $1B Nepean Redevelopment Project from the Early Design Phase, Business Case Cost Planning, through Very Early Contractor Involvement (VECI), Early Contractor Involvement, Main Works Offer, Tender Review, Delivery and Completion of Stage 1 Works

    David Nguyen, ResolveXO

    Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year

    David works as a Corporate Property Analyst at Australasia’s largest independent Corporate Property Strategy firm, ResolveXO. Since joining the company as an RMIT University graduate in Property and Valuation, David has demonstrated a pro-active attitude, tenacious work ethic and client-first mindset has impressed everyone and led to winning ResolveXO’s annual XO Factor Award for his contribution to the business. In just two years he has become the go-to analyst for his most senior colleagues, led complex client engagements, and developed financial models that have been used as the basis for decision-making across multi-million-dollar property lease portfolios.

     

    Dominic Au-Yeung, CI Australia

    Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year

    As CI Australia's Senior Leasing Executive in North Sydney, Dominic commenced in the company’s Graduate Program in 2020. He has since hit the ground running, working tirelessly to deliver strong results for landlords across the North Shore, in a market that has presented both complex challenges and new opportunities.

    Dominic Salvisberg, Knight Frank Australia

    Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year

    Dominic Salvisberg, Property Accountant in the Asset Management Services team at Knight Frank Australia, has channelled his passion for the property industry by consistently exceeding expectations and optimising systems in his role. Despite starting his career during the tumultuous beginnings of COVID-19, he has demonstrated proactivity by establishing new channels of communicating and updating team members and clients. He has also shown a strong work ethic and diligence by improving transparency, identifying and rectifying errors and consistently striving to be better. He has made significant contributions to the team and is has achieved excellence in the property accounting field.

    Kelly Paine, Systech International

    Nominated for: Woman of the Built Environment Award

    After a decade working in planning for a main contractor Bouygues UK, Kelly now leads the planning department for Systech in Australia. She has had the opportunity to work in leading roles in complex projects involving delay analysis, expert work in disputes, and claim negotiations. Her experience covers an extensive scope of works and she provides professional services both local and global clients including many major Contractors and large engineering projects. Currently, she is working on a large transport infrastructure project, setting up and implementing project controls systems, in alignment with other projects and packages to ensure a successful delivery.

     

    Janitha Kaushal, Knight Frank Australia Pty Ltd

    Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year

    Janitha Kaushal, Facilities Manager at Knight Frank manages commercial and retail properties in the Perth CBD including two A-Grade buildings. He has achieved several firsts in sustainability including:

    • Achieving the first 6 Star NABERS Energy office building in Western Australia without green power for WorkZone West
    • Achieving the first carbon neutral commercial building in Western Australia for WorkZone East
    • Receiving Waterwise Gold Recognition for WorkZone East

    He is a source of inspiration for other employees strive to get the best out of their duties and is a deserving candidate for the Young Achiever award as he exemplifies the award criteria.

    Jonathon Close, M3 Property

    Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year

    Jonathon Close is an associate director of m3property. Mr Close is a high achiever who has worked diligently in his profession undertaking his own initiative to transform internal systems within the company and to improve brand and marketing awareness. Further to this, he has worked closely with clients to focus on favourable sustainability outcomes for clients and improve NABERS ratings. Mr Close has also imparted his knowledge in a series of guest lectures at RMIT and has taken upon himself to mentor junior members at m3property.

     

    Laila Burnet, M3 Property

    Nominated for: Woman of the Built Environment Award

    Laila Burnet is the National Director of the Health, Aged Care and Seniors Living team, where she leads a team of 11 people. The m3property’s Health, Aged Care and Seniors Living (‘Health’) team is recognised as one of Australia’s leading independent valuation and advisory service providers within this sector. Ms Burnet is regularly called up on to speak at conferences, events and provide thought leadership across a wide spectrum of industry topics. Ms Burnet is the driving force behind this team’s continued expansion and sought after expertise in this speciality area.

     

    Lorine Liu, Systech International

    Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year

    When working on the SEPA project, Lorine has increased the commission by 300% over and above expectations. Lorine requires very little attention and even so she attends all our social functions and is such a great team player. Lorine is capable of using new and innovative technology. These attributes and qualities and skills are exactly what our clients look for when engaging with Systech.

     

    Megan Smith, WT Partnership

    Nominated for: Woman of the Built Environment Award and Young Achiever of the Year

    Megan is an accomplished Quantity Surveyor, having worked on major projects in New Zealand, the UK and Australia. Megan consistently drives high standards in all her work, and the Clients and Consultants she works with greatly respect the advice she provides. Megan’s technical achievements speak for themselves as a future leader in our industry. Her influence and leadership goes beyond leading technical teams, she is also the main driver behind the WT Elevate learning and development programme. Megan is also a strong advocate for advancing women in construction.

    Nellie O’Keeffe, Investa Property Group

    Nominated for: Woman of the Built Environment Award

    Nellie O’Keeffe is the Project Director for the Pitt Street over station developments, currently being delivered by Oxford Properties Group and Investa Property Group. Leading the project for four years, she continues to deliver successful outcomes and implement innovative initiatives. Nellie represents the changing environment of the property and construction industry, empowering younger females to strive for personal success through collaboration with wider teams. With an inspirational leadership style that has adapted to dynamic environments, Nellie continues to motivate her team to persevere through unexpected challenges with focus and resilience to deliver outcomes.

     

    Paul McArd, Accura Consulting

    Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year

    Before the age of 35, Paul McArd founded Accura Consulting, became fellow of the RICS and established himself as a testified quantum and technical expert witness in Australia and the Middle East. Paul founded Accura Consulting in 2016 to address the need for a fresh approach to the claims consulting, quantum and delay expert witness market.

    Sam Mountstephen, CBRE

    Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year

    Sam Mountstephen is a Director of the Retail division of CBRE Valuation & Advisory Services in Victoria, leading a very successful operation. With experience spanning more than a decade, Sam specialises in the valuation of shopping centre assets in Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania, and holds a position on all major bank panels. Since joining CBRE in 2016, Sam has worked alongside industry-leading Retail Valuation & Advisory Services experts to hone his skills. Having been promoted to Director in 2020, Sam is also an active participant in the CBRE Next Generation program and the Australian Property Institute’s membership admissions committee.

     

    Whitney Weng, Turner & Townsend

    Nominated for: Young Achiever of the Year

    Since joining Turner & Townsend in April 2021 as an assistant cost manager, Whitney has continued to exceed expectations and is now a cost manager and the financial assurance lead for a key client account. In this role, Whitney implemented a new data management process, providing her client with a single source of truth for cost data and benchmarking on their program of works. Whitney has taken on a lead role in the Turner & Townsend Corporate Responsibility team and actively pursues great outcomes. Whitney is passionate about creating a positive impact on the industry and wider community.

It is fantastic to see this year's nominees' level of expertise, innovation and enthusiasm. I hope each nominee continues to strive for excellence and helps motivate and guide others on their journeys through the property industry.

Darren Whitelegg FRICS
Director, DAHO Property

Darren Whitelegg Honos Property
Chair of the Judging Panel

Meet The Judges

  • Darren Whitelegg Honos Property
    Darren Whitelegg Honos Property

    Director, DAHO Property

    Darren is the Founder of DAHO Property which assists clients with their Real Estate solutions across Australia. With over of 35 years’ experience in Asset / Property Management, Darren has assisted major Corporates and Investors deliver their Portfolio / Property strategies. He is a current member of the RICS Oceania Advisory Board and is a regular contributor to a number industry associations.

  • Managing Director – Asia Pacific, Turner & Townsend

    As Managing Director of Turner & Townsend’s Asia and ANZ regions, Anooj is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the Asia and ANZ businesses.

    He sits on Turner & Townsend’s Global Operations Board, Global Management Board, Asia Board, ANZ Board, Korea Board and chairs the India and Asia Real Estate Boards as well as the Real Estate, Infrastructure and Natural Resources Boards in ANZ. He also sits on Turner & Townsend’s global Purpose steering committee.

    Since his appointment as Managing Director of ANZ in 2015, Anooj has overseen a growth of circa 60 percent of the ANZ business and a diversification program across 14 sectors, 13 offices and 6 service lines. In addition to his current role, Anooj was appointed as Managing Director of Turner & Townsend’s Asia region in 2020, leading an additional 17 offices and a combined team of over 1,700 people.

    Anooj is passionate towards creating a cohesive construction industry, particularly focusing on how to enhance performance through collaboration; as well as driving efficiency resulting through the most cost-effective mutually beneficial client outcomes. He currently sits on the RICS Australasia Advisory Board and is a judge for the RICS Australia Awards as well as the PPP Awards for Asia Pacific.

  • Director - Civil at AECOM

    A Chartered Surveyor since 1994, Brigitte has significant experience in business planning, operations management, strategic planning and advisory, project management, contract management, design management and facilities management. As a senior leader in AECOM Brigitte currently leads a team of 90 civil and geotechnical engineers in Victoria working on some of the region’s largest infrastructure projects with a strong focus in the energy, transport, aviation and government sectors. She also sits on Steering Committees for multi-billion dollar Transport programs in Victoria. Prior to this Brigitte led the AECOM Project and Program Management team of 85 staff across the southern region.

  • John Talbot
    John Talbot

    Asia Pacific Head of Valuation and Advisory Services at JLL

    John has regional responsibility for leading and managing JLL’s Valuation Advisory platform across the Asia Pacific region, which encompasses 700 valuers across 13 countries. John has over 30 years’ experience in the commercial property industry working predominantly in institutional valuations, consulting, development appraisals, capital transactions and fund management. He is a member of the firms Australian Executive Committee and sits on the firm’s Global Valuation Advisory Executive Board.

  • Group Manager - Commercial & Risk at DECMIL

    Aine Flannery is Group Manager – Commercial & Risk, of Decmil, where she oversees the Commercial & Risk profile of the business within Project Delivery. Her role is to provide corporate support to projects including risk, claim, change and procurement management. Aine also oversees any litigation matters across those projects. Aine has over 17 years’ experience in the resource and construction industries and is a Member of RICS.

  • Head of Legal, Building at Lendlease

    Matt Meakin is a lawyer / quantity surveyor with over 20 years experience across the construction, infrastructure and property sectors.

    Matt is currently the Head of Legal for Lendlease’s Building business where he overseas all legal work for Lendlease’s construction business in Australia. Matt has also held senior leadership roles within the commercial management function of Lendlease and other large contractors.

  • Glen McKernan
    Glen McKernan

    Managing Director, GM Growth Consulting

    Glen is a versatile property professional with over 20 years management and operational experience successfully leading teams and completing major projects to achieve stakeholder objectives. He has expertise in working closely with a diverse range of people, communities, customers, stakeholders and developing mutually beneficial relationships.

  • Head of Asset Management for Office & Industrial at CIPAM

    Michael has 25+ years industry experience with a strong asset management and leasing background.

    He’s worked with Challenger/CIPAM for 17yrs, holding various roles with broad-ranging responsibilities in Australia and Europe.

    Michael is currently Head of Asset Management for Office & Industrial at CIPAM.

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    Valuer General of New South Wales

    Dr Parker is the Valuer General of New South Wales. He is an internationally recognised property industry expert and highly regarded property academic, being a Visiting Professor of Property at the Henley Business School, University of Reading and a regular expert witness on property funds management and property valuation matters in the Federal Court and the Supreme Court.

  • Richard Dunham Stacey
    Richard Dunham Stacey

    Transactions Manager at AXA Investment Managers

    Richard is an experienced Property Fund Manager who has held senior fund management roles in both listed and wholesale property trusts. He also has valuation, property management and commercial agency experience and is a past-Chair of RICS’s NSW Committee.. Richard has written, presented and facilitated RICS and PCA training workshops to the commercial property industry. Currently, he is Transactions Manager at AXA Investment Managers.

  • Director J Goddard & Co - Building Consultancy, Sustainability Advice and Project Management 

    John Goddard FRICS - independent building consultant, project manager and sustainability advisor in commercial property. Sole trader since 2007, before which he established and ran Building Consultancy Australia developing technical due diligence in Australia and project managing commercial building refurbishment.

    John is a strong advocate for high standards of sustainability in existing commercial property - the other 98%. He worked closely with the GBCA on their Green Star Performance tool.

    John chaired the RICS Sustainability Group Oceania promoting sustainability and producing guides including:

    • Green Roof Guide
    • Greening Make Good
    • Valuer’s Guide: Sustainability & Valuation of Commercial Property
    • Choosing & managing energy efficient space
  • Dermot has been a Property academic for the last 14 years predominantly at University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architectures, Building and Planning. Dermot led the undergraduate Property Major for 8 years from 2012 to 2020. He has taught across development, feasibility, planning, market research, risk, investment and  finance and project management.

    Dermot had a 30-year career across property consulting, property development, and banking and finance, quantity surveying, commercial management, contract claims and litigation support, and project management to director and general management roles. Clients including large healthcare entities, constructor’s association, international hotel group, property entities, builders and sub-contractors.

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