Gordon Wu receives RICS Lifetime Achiever accolade from leading land, property and construction honours
HONG KONG - MediaOutReach - 17 March 2019 - Homegrown real estate giants Swire andWheelock are among the biggest winners at this year's RICS Awards, Hong Kong2019 -- a prestigious annual event celebrating outstanding contributions to HongKong's built environment, which took place at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong onFriday 15 March 2019.
MeanwhileHopewell Holdings Chair Sir Gordon Wu claimed the greatest individualhonour, crowned with the respected RICS Lifetime Achiever award in recognitionof his five-decade career developing pivotal property, infrastructure andbusiness projects across Hong Kong, China and Asia.
SirGordon was among the first Hong Kong entrepreneurs to invest in mainland Chinaduring the economic reforms of the 1980s. He has played a pioneering role in developingpivotal transport links across the Pearl River Delta, and Sir Gordon has beenvisionary in driving the construction of recently realised HongKong--Zhuhai--Macau Bridge which is an integral part of the Greater Bay Areadevelopment.
Atotal of 12 team awards (as well as two individual awards) were given out recognisingnoteworthy developments and professional achievements in Hong Kong's land,property and construction industries -- with two homegrown firms coming uptrumps with multiple awards. Hong Kong-based Wheelock Properties scoreda double, winning both Residential Team of the Year and Corporate SocialResponsibility Project of the Year.
MeanwhileHong Kong-born multinational brand Swire Properties scored ahat-trick, winning three different categories: Swire Properties Limited wasvictorious in both Construction Project Construction Team of the Year andSustainability Achievement of the Year, while Office Team of the Year wasclaimed by Swire Properties Management Limited.
Alan DalgleishFRICS, Head Juror, said: "With such high standards across theindustry in Hong Kong, the competition this year was incredibly fierce -- andour job as jurors was incredibly difficult. We are proud to recognise sometruly outstanding progress."
The2019 RICS Awards, Hong Kong introduced two brand new awards, ConstructionProject Management Team of the Year and Research Team of the Year, recognising newskills, specialities and areas of expertise within the ever-evolving build environmentindustry,
ClareChiu, Chief Operating Officer, Greater China of RICS, added: "The RICSAwards Hong Kong is the highest honour bestowed by a global professional bodyin the built environment.
"Thisyear's awards serve as a fitting celebration of the depth and breadth of talentworking today to craft the iconic skyline of Asia's World City."
Results of RICS Awards Hong Kong 2019:
- Office Team of the Year
- Residential Team of the Year
Winner: Wheelock Properties Limited
- Retail Team of the YearWinner: Knight Frank
- Facilities Management Team of the Year
Winner: JLL - Hang Seng Bank
Excellence: Architectural ServicesDepartment, HKSAR Government - Installation of Leakage Detection System in NorthDistrict Government Offices, CBRE, Guardian Property Management Limited -- FacilitiesManagement One-Stop Service
- Property Management Team of the YearWinner: Savills Services Group -- People's Place
Excellence: Harriman Property ManagementLimited, JLL
- Professional Consultancy Services Team of theYear
- Construction Project Management Team of the Year
Winner: Swire Properties - One Taikoo Place
Excellence: ArchitecturalServices Department, HKSAR Government - Hong Kong Children's Hospital, Architectural Services Department, HKSARG -Fitting-out of the Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres, Gammon Engineering& Construction Company Limited with Wheelock Properties Limited
- Refurbishment / Revitalisation Team of the Year
Winner: Nan Fung Development Limited - The Mills
Excellence: New World Development CompanyLimited, Wharf Real Estate Investment Company Limited and Harbour City EstatesLimited
- Research Team of the Year
Excellence: Our Hong Kong Foundation,Wheelock Properties Limited
- Sustainability Achievement of the Year
- Best Deal of the Year
Winner: Cushman & Wakefield and Link
Excellence: Colliers International Pacific Limited, Savills (Hong Kong)Limited
- CorporateSocial Responsibility Project of the Year
Winner: WheelockProperties Limited
- Young Surveyor of the Year
Winner: Mr AlvinLeung MRICS
Excellence: Mr RaphaelHui MRICS, Mr Kwok Pui Sum MRICS
- Lifetime Achiever: Sir Gordon Wu
For additionaldetails about the RICS Awards Hong Kong, please visit rics.org/hkawards.
To downloadhigh resolution photos of the RICS Annual Dinner 2019 Hong Kong, please visit: www.bdcshk.com/webcontent/RICS/RICSDinnerPhoto_2019.zip
About RICS Awards Hong Kong
The RICS Awards Hong Kong showcases outstandingachievements and developments in Hong Kong's land, property and constructionindustries and across the built environment. The awards are open to everyoneworking within the property profession. The jury panel of the RICS Awards 2019Hong Kong is formed by twelfth outstanding local property key players.Nominated projects have all displayed outstanding performance inprofessionalism, outcome and achievement, teamwork and innovation.
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