High quality on display at CIJ Awards Slovakia 2018
The 14th annual CIJ Awards Slovakia took place at the River Park Grand Hotel along the Danube in Bratislava for the presentation of project and company awards. This leading property event brings together the country's top real estate professionals to honor the best projects and real estate teams. There were dozens of nominations at the end of what has been an extremely successful year, with tough competition in virtually all of the categories. This was seen nowhere so clearly as in the Best Office Development category, which was won by HB Reavis for its landmark project Twin City Tower. HB Reavis was the top prize gatherer in 2018, as it also brought home prize statuettes for Innovation of the Year (its HubHub concept convinced the Jury and the on-line voting jurors), and for Best PR & Marketing Campaign for its promotion of the company's newest project, Nove Nivy.
Another company to be called to the stage more than once was Corwin. The first time was for its project Rezidencia Blumental which won 2018's Best Residential Development honors. The second time was to accept the trophy for the Leading Green Building Development for its entire Blumental scheme. The last of the project awards went to the successful Prologis Park Bratislava, which was judged to have been the Best Warehouse Development of the year. 108 Agency's work with the company Gefco earned it the Best Warehouse Lease this year and contributed to the company's victory in the coveted Best Warehouse Power Broker Team for 2018. The other leasing prize handed out on the night was to representatives of Mayflower in connection with the Yeme Yeme agreement at Promenada Nitra. Wood & Co. was a newcomer to the stage at the Slovak Awards for its acquisition of Aupark Tower, which won the Investment Transaction of the Year trophy.
In the company prize portion of the evening, Wilsons made a return to the stage by dominating the voting for Best Real Estate Law Firm prize, while VÚB was judged to have been the Best Real Estate Bank for 2018. Other agency awards this year went to CBRE, which won in the Best Retail Power Broker Team category, while Cushman & Wakefield picked up the prize for Best Office Power Broker Team category. Not for the first time, JLL won in the Best Capital Markets Team competition. In a changing of the guard, Mayflower won the Best Local Real Estate agency prize and a relative newcomer, Atrios, which nominated several projects this year for judging, won the Best Rising Star prize.