PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Sri Lanka) 2018 event gathers momentum, shortlist reveal in June

PropertyGuru, Asia’s foremost online property company, is gearing up to host its first-ever Asia
Property Awards gala dinner in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2018 as property developers island-wide continue to express enthusiasm to participate in the region’s most prestigious property tilt.

The inaugural PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Sri Lanka) domestic gala dinner will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo on Thursday, 12 July 2018. It follows the well-received first Sri Lanka competition that took place in Singapore in November 2017 that recognised nine of the finest developers on the island.

“As an emerging market, Sri Lanka has exemplified tremendous real estate potential. Hence, we are delighted with the decision that Colombo will host its own local ceremony of the prestigious PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards, whi
Nominations in the Developer, Development and Design categories and will be accepted until 11 May, with the official shortlist to be revealed in the first week of June.

There are open categories for residential projects in the following locations across the island: Colombo; southern (Galle, Matara, Hambantota); central (Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Matale); and north east (Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya). In addition, there are special awards that will be given to developers with outstanding corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development initiatives.

Blackburn said: “It is a testament to the growing Sri Lankan property sector that it can now host its own local competition and gala dinner. With ongoing infrastructure projects and shifting attitude in real estate policies, the island’s vibrant property sector has caught the interest of foreign investors.” He added: “It is our hope that bringing the trusted Asia Property Awards programme to Sri Lankan shores will help in truly transforming and educating the domestic market, in a similar way that PropertyGuru has revolutionised the home-buying process in Southeast Asia by using consumerfriendly technology that helps people make confident property decisions.”

The local edition is part of the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards, the region’s biggest and most prestigious real estate awards series, which is recognised as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence in the Asian property sector. Boasting an independent panel of industry experts and trusted supervisor BDO, the Awards has an unparalleled reputation for being credible, fair and transparent.

Joining Da Silva and Mayes on the Sri Lankan judging panel are: Stephanie Balendra, director, Homes N Spaces Lanka Properties (pvt) Ltd.; Emeritus Prof. Chitra Weddikkara, managing director, QServe Pte Ltd.; Roshan Madawela, founding director and CEO, RIU Real-Estate Intelligence Unit; Natalie Pendigrast, founder and director, Pendi PVT Ltd; and Nilesh De Silva, chartered architect and director, Kahawita Desilva and Associates Pvt Ltd.

After the domestic gala ceremony in Colombo, winners from Sri Lanka will advance to represent the country at the eighth annual PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final in Thailand on 9 November to compete for more regional accolades and be named the ‘Best in Asia’.

The 2018 PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Sri Lanka) is supported by co-sponsor JLL Sri Lanka; official portal partner Lankapropertyweb.com; official hotel Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo; media  partners BIG Issue and PropertyGuru Property Report, Asia’s leading luxury real estate, architecture and design publication; and official supervisor BDO Sri Lanka.

For more information about the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Sri Lanka), email awards@propertyguru.com or visit the official website: AsiaPropertyAwards.com/sri-lanka-propertyawards/

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