Malaysia’s leading real estate corporations were recognised at the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) 2017, last week, presented by Kohler.

Leading nominee Tropicana Corporation Berhad dominated the evening, winning a total of eight golden trophies, including the year’s biggest award for Best Developer (Malaysia). It also won the ‘Best of Malaysia’ award for Best Condo Development (Malaysia) for its Tropicana Residences project, a new luxury condo that will rise in the capital. Selangor-based Tropicana Corporation also took the award for outstanding green development for its themed urban garden, aptly named Tropicana Gardens, while the integrated community project Tropicana Metropark won Best Mixed Use Development for elevating the standard of living for its residents and visitors.

In Iskandar Malaysia, UMLand Seri Austin collected two awards for Aster 2 – Double Storey Semi-Detached House, including the coveted Best Housing Development (Malaysia) title. Meanwhile, UMLand took the stage thrice for winning the Best Condo Development (Iskandar), and special awards in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development. It shared the latter two with last year’s Best Developer winner Sime Darby and this year’s champion Tropicana Corporation. Ideal Property Group rounded out the CSR winners.

A total of 21 awards and special recognitions were presented to 17 shortlisted developers during the well-attended gala ceremony that welcomed nearly 300 guests, including Guest of Honour, Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Besar Seri Menanti, Tunku Ali Redhauddin ibni Tuanku Muhriz, chairman of PropertyGuru Malaysia. Steve Melhuish, co-founder and vice-chairman of PropertyGuru Group, gave the opening remarks.

The black-tie event gathered the country’s best developers and recognised the year’s most outstanding development in the residential, commercial and design sectors in Kuala Lumpur, Iskandar and Penang.

An independent panel of experts deliberated on the eligible nominees over the last six months. The panel was once again headed by incumbent chairman Prem Kumar, executive director of Jones Lang Wootton, who praised the resilience of the domestic property market as it continues to undergo a period of consolidation. Kumar said: “We wanted to make an impact to the industry and that’s why the panel of judges decided to expand this year’s awards categories to recognise other important segments such as affordable housing. We want to encourage developers to cater to different types of Malaysian consumers.”

This year, two separate awards were presented for Best Mass Market Developments – condo and landed – which both went to LBS Bina Group Berhad. Another new category for Best Universal Design Development – in recognition for quality projects that cater to many kinds of people regardless of age, size and abilities, was presented to Southkey Mosaic by Southkey City Sdn Bhd.

Main domestic winners in Malaysia will now advance to the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final in Singapore this November to compete with peers from 16 other markets in regional categories to be named the ‘Best in Asia.’

Source: Media Release