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AS the shortlist for the Insider Wales Property Awards 2018 is announced, property developer and business mentor Mandy St John Davey is thrilled to be a judge in an outstanding year for property in Wales.

Mandy, 57, is the only woman on the panel of judges, who have looked at 13 categories, including Construction Company/Builder of the Year, Architectural Firm of the Year, Property Personality of the Year and, new for 2018, Workplace Design of the Year.

She said: “I was delighted when they asked me to be a judge, but I was also a bit nervous, simply because it’s quite wide scale. But with my in-depth knowledge from having been in property and construction for over 20 years, I felt I had more than enough experience to be able to do a good job. And of course, because of my role  with Women in Property, I have links with lots of the major players, within not only Wales but the wider network.”

Mandy, who lives near Swansea, helps both established investors and people thinking of building a portfolio find their way around the property market. Her expertise has seen her contribute to BBC television and radio shows, Sky News and she’s been featured in Sarah Beeny’s At Home magazine. Mandy is also an active member of the South Wales branch of Women In Property.

Mandy’s passion for property has developed over the years, having bought her first house at 18.

At work, she rose through the ranks, having started work as a receptionist as a teenager, to become a self-employed IT specialist. But two bouts of the crippling disease ME made her reconsider her options and she realised she could have a successful future in property investment.

She set about finding properties prime for improvement and either selling them on or renting them out, while also buying new builds off-plan. In her first two years, she bought and sold between 40 and 50 houses.

As someone who knows the Welsh property market inside out, it is high praise indeed that Mandy is so impressed with the entrants to this year’s Insider Wales Property Awards.

She said: “We’re talking about some of the biggest players in the UK here. Some of the developments and the work are outstanding. Some of them are going to be extraordinary achievements in today’s marketplace.”

The black-tie Insider Wales Property Awards will take place Cardiff City Hall on Thursday, June 28, from 7pm.

Mandy said: “I’m looking forward to everyone in the construction, property and finance industries coming together and enjoying what I would say are some of the key players in the industry being rewarded for excellence.”

The shortlist is:

Funder of the Year:

Development Bank of Wales

Principality Commercial

Hodge Bank

Construction Company/Builder of the Year:

Jehu Group

WRW Construction

CDB

Architectural Firm of the Year:

Lawray Architects

Powell Dobson Architects

Rio Architects

Property Law Firm of the Year:

Hugh James

Acuity Legal

Berry Smith

Developer of the Year:

Watkin Jones and Son

Signature Living

Kier Construction

Agency Team of the Year:

Knight Frank

JLL

Cushman & Wakefield

Savills

Development  of the Year:

Zip World Adventure Terminal (by WRW with Lawray Architects and RVW Consulting)

Coleg y Cymoedd’s  Aberdare Campus (by Kier Construction with Mott MacDonald, Austin Smith Lord and Arup)

University of South Wales Sports Park 2 (by Atkins with Pick Everard and Kier Construction)

Jennings Building redevelopment (by Loftco with DS Properties and Ellis Williams Architects, supported by ABA Holdings, Development Bank of Wales and Townscape Heritage Initiative)

Consultancy of the Year:

DPP Planning

Grasshopper Communications

GVA

Housebuilder of the Year:

Portabella

Anwyl Homes

Waterstone Homes

Beech Developments

Residential Development of the Year:

Gwel Y Môr by Beech Developments (with Prodig, Deeside Timberframe, M&N Roofing, HT Electrical, Yates Renewable Energies, Go Green Systems, Harry Hall Double Glazing, Jarvis Jones Joinery and Ian Hughes)

Arbor Vale by Portabella (with Intelle and Nigel Arnold, backed by Principality)

Bayscape Cardiff Marina by Bayscape (with Rio Architects and BECT Building Contractors)

St Nicholas Fields by Waterstone Homes (with Spring Design)

Fitzalan Court by Midas Construction (with McLaren Group and PMG Group)

Property Deal of the Year:

The sale of Cardiff Waterside by Aviva Investors to Global Mutual (advised on by Knight Frank and Cushman & Wakefield)

The Government Property Agency’s acquisition of 5 Central Square, Cardiff, from Rightacres (advised on by JLL and Knight Frank, development funded by Legal & General)

The sale of power station site in Hirwaun by IG Design Group to Drax Power (advised on by JLL)

The purchase of a site at Celtic Business Park, Newport, for a train factory by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (advised on by JLL)

The acquisition and funding of Custom House, Cardiff for Premier Inn (advised on by JLL, Cushman & Wakefield and BNP, funded by Aviva)

Workplace Design of the Year:

AluK (GB) headquarters by Rio Architects

Office for National Statistics by Paramount Interiors

Willmott Dixon’s Cardiff office by Powell Dobson

Orchard Media and Events headquarters by Davie Sutton Architects (with Huberts Jenkins and Partners and Envirobuild)

Savills’ Cardiff office by Office Image

Swansea University Grove Building by Kier Construction

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