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Blasdale Named Real Estate Personality of the Year at Prestigious Awards | Midlands property news

Fred MacAulay


Lucy Blasdale, former director of development at Homes England, who recently became director of development for major projects at Barratt Developments, has been named Property Personality of the Year at Initiated Midlands Residential Property Awards, held last night at The Eastside Rooms in Birmingham. Showcasing the best projects and developers over the past 12 months, the awards were presented by Fred MacAulay and sponsored by Cordia Blackswan, Court Collaboration, Cynergy Bank, Earl Kendrick, Gowling WLG, K. Hayter Associates, McAuliffe Group, Move Reports UK , Pennycuick Collins, Spitfire Homes, Waterman Infrastructure & Environment and William Davis Homes. Encore and Knight Frank sponsored the appetizer and networking booklets, respectively.

Residential Property Advisor of the Year
Sponsored by Judicial collaboration
Winner: Arcadis
The judges were impressed with the company’s work on a wide variety of complex projects and the key role it played in securing vital funding for development projects. It’s a company that makes things happen.
Selected:
Claremont Planning Consulting
Waterman Infrastructure and Environment
Frankish Knight

Apartment Development of the Year
Sponsored by Pennycuick Collins
Winner: The Gothic, Jewelery Quarter, Birmingham (Cordia Blackswan, Kavannagh Construction, BPN, PMP Consultants)
It is a unique development with authentic details and architectural excellence, which has retained the best features of the 19e century building. A project that shows how to bring a key element of the city’s historic urban landscape back to life
Selected:
Timber Yard, Southside, Birmingham (The Galliard Aspley Partnership, Claridge Architects)
The Gate, Waterside Village, Loughborough (Solus Homes, HSSP Architects)
Bath Lane, Leicester (rg+p, CODE Co Living)

Home Builder of the Year
Sponsored by Gowling WLG
Winner: Birmingham City Council
The judges were impressed with the scale and quality of the council’s projects, as well as its unwavering commitment to building communities and prioritizing place-making. A local authority that speaks with authority when it comes to residential development.
Strongly recommended: Miller Houses
Selected:
Living space
William Davis Houses
Lovell Houses
Spitfire houses
Piper Houses

Law firm of the year
Sponsored by Move reports to UK
Winner: Gateley
This is a law firm that seems to thrive on very complex workloads, with many different elements and issues to resolve. His first-class expertise has helped advance a wide range of projects in the region over the past year.
Selected:
Lodders Lawyers
Freeths
ShakespeareMartineau
Roythornes
Gowling WLG

Venue Building Project of the Year
Winner: The Gate, Waterside Village, Loughborough (Solus Homes, HSSP Architects)
This is location building at its finest – delivering major visual and economic upgrades to a key gateway and unlocking additional redevelopment in the area. A door that paved the way for broader, long-term regeneration
Selected:
Snowhill Quay, Birmingham (Berkeley St Joseph, Grid Architects)
Great Hampton Street, Jewelery Quarter, Birmingham (Cordia Blackswan, Kavannagh Construction, BPN, PMP Consultants)
The Parklands, Sudbrooke, Lincolnshire (Jackson Living, Influence Landscape Planning and Design)
Glenvale Park, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire (Glenvale Park LLP, Northants LLP, Midtown Capital, North Northamptonshire Investments, Taylor Wimpey, Barratt Homes, Lagan Homes, Keepmoat Homes, Persimmon Homes, LNT, Ilke Homes, MAN Group)
The Island Quarter, Nottingham (The Conygar Investment Company, Jestico + Whiles)
Nightingale area, Derby, (Wavensmere Homes, BBS Capital, Cedar Group, Gould Singleton)

Architectural Practice of the Year
Sponsored by Spitfire houses
Winner: Corstorphine & Wright
The judges were impressed with his work on the Perry Barr Regeneration Scheme and the key role he played in promoting this groundbreaking development. The practice was also recognized for the variety of quality projects it originated.
Strongly recommended: rg+p
Selected:
ONE Creative Environments
PSSS Architects

Residential Property Management Agent of the Year
Sponsored by Earl Kendrick
Winner: centrick
Centrick expertly handled some major and difficult issues with empathy, resourcefulness and clear communication with tenants. A fine example of a customer-centric approach.
Selected:
Bis
Pennycuick Collins

Residential Regeneration Project of the Year
Sponsored by Waterman Infrastructure & Environment
Winner: Perry Barr Regeneration Scheme, Birmingham (Birmingham City Council, Arcadis, Lendlease Construction, Turner & Townsend)
After years of underinvestment, Perry Barr’s £700million regeneration will be a lasting legacy of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. And the 1,416 homes it will create will make a significant contribution to the city’s housing needs.
Selected:
Bluebell Court, Lichfield, (rg+p, Midland Heart)
Port Loop, Birmingham, (Urban Splash, Places for People, Canal & River Trust, Birmingham City Council)
Moreton Edge, Moreton-in-Marsh, (Deeley Homes, BBA Architects)

Offer of the year
Winner: Sale of land at Malabar Farm, Daventry, for 1,100 houses (Spitfire Homes, Knight Frank, Crest Nicholson, Stepnells, Shakespeare Martineau, Hawksmoor Property Services, Lodders Solicitors, DAC Beachcroft)
The judges were impressed with the scale and complexity of this transaction, and that it will unlock wider regeneration in the region. The project will play a major role in the development of this strategically important city.
Strongly recommended: Forge Care Specialized Child Care Development Funding, Nuneaton, (Assetz Capital)
Selected:
Term financing of £160m from Soho Wharf, Birmingham, (The Galliard Aspley Partnership, Heimstaden Bostad, Savills)
£4m purchase of Intersection House for residential redevelopment (Beyond Property Group, Claremont Property Group, Colliers)
Sale of land in Lichfield with consent for 750 homes (Fisher German, Highgate Land & Development, IM Land, Redrow Midlands)
£17m growth funding for Hayfield Homes (OakNorth Bank)

Skills and Training Program of the Year
Sponsored by K Hayter Associates
Winner: BAM Construction Midlands and Baily Garner
This training program emphasizes that T-levels are an attractive alternative to university that can create the reservoir of skills needed for the future. The program has a significant impact when it comes to tackling the shortage of expertise in the sector.
Selected:
GF Tomlinson
Willmott Dixon

Social housing prices
Sponsored by Cordia Blackswan
Winner: Heart of Midland
The judges were impressed with Midland Heart’s commitment to carbon-free affordable housing and its work to meet sustainability targets well ahead of the government deadline. A pioneer who skilfully combines accessible living with a climate-friendly approach.
Selected:
Living space
Platform Living Group
One Creative Environments

Urban and Urban Developer of the Year
Sponsored by William Davis Houses
Winner: The Galliard Aspley partnership
This collaboration between two leading developers has brought valuable investment to every corner of Birmingham. The judges were also impressed with the social and community benefits offered by its programs.
Selected:
Wavensmere Homes
Cordia Blackswan
Urban splash

Emerging Residential Real Estate Personality of the Year
Winner: Joe Shorey, Residential Development Sales Manager, Savills
Joe has achieved a lot in a short time and built a great reputation. He developed long-term strategic relationships and identified new business opportunities. His hard work led to the sale of 61 homes with a gross development value of over £18million.
Selected:
Ben Martin, Project Manager, Jackson Living
Abigail Gooderham, Principal Engineer, Lioncourt Homes
Daniel Rawlings, Senior Design Coordinator, Lioncourt Homes

Small residential development of the year (less than 100 units)
Sponsored by Cynergy Bank
Winner: Colonel Wright Close, Bakewell, Derbyshire (Platform Housing Group, Pelham Architects, Homes England)
The project marks the culmination of a decade of work, providing a unique development whilst retaining the look and feel of this scenic part of the Peak District National Park.
Strongly recommended: Beaufort, Edgbaston, Birmingham (Spitfire houses)
Selected:
Laburnum Gardens, Stoke Golding, Leicestershire (Cartwright Homes)
The Gothic, Jewelery Quarter, Birmingham (Cordia Blackswan, Kavannagh Construction, BPN, PMP Consultants)
Manor Gardens, Hackman’s Gate, Worcestershire (Horgan Homes)
Project 80, Eco Drive, Handsworth Birmingham (Midland Heart, Tricas Construction, Birmingham City University, Building Alliance)
Dukes Field, Desford, Leicestershire (Miller Homes)
Cranham Drive, Worcester (ONE Creative Environments, Sanctuary Group)

Residential Development of the Year (over 100 units)
Sponsored by McAuliffe Group
Winner: Timber Yard, Southside, Birmingham (The Galliard Aspley Partnership, Claridge Architects)
This is a project with an innovative approach to town center development, maximizing space and providing a major catalyst for the regeneration of Birmingham’s Southside.
Selected:
Primrose Estate, Kings Norton, Birmingham (Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust, Arcadis, Tilia Homes)
Kedleston Grange, Allestree, Derbyshire (Miller Homes)
Consilio, Stratford-upon-Avon (Spitfire Homes, Knight Frank)
Port Loop, Birmingham (Urban Splash, Places for People, Canal & River Trust, Birmingham City Council)
Copcut Rise, Droitwich, Worcestershire (William Davis Homes, Stephen George + Partners)

Residential Property Personality of the Year
Winner: Lucy Blasdale, former Development Director, Homes England
Our recipient’s story begins in 2002 when she had a letter published in the career advice section of the Guardian newspaper saying that the English Partnerships regeneration agency would be a great place for her. This proactive approach obviously worked as she landed a job with the agency soon after.

She rose through the ranks of the organization – now called Homes England – to become Director of Development, heading up the development team in the Midlands and South West.

Over the past 20 years, his work has led to the creation of over 47,000 homes and investment in projects with a total value of over £1billion. All of this has been achieved on some of the most complex and difficult to deliver development schemes in the Midlands and South West.

She has led major projects in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent, as well as large-scale urban extensions in the Midlands, running through a 3,500-home sustainable urban extension at Lawley in Telford, with the scheme now in its 11e phase.

She recently left Homes England to become Director of Development in the major projects division of Barratt Developments, where she will undoubtedly achieve many more great things.