Many of Mainland China and Hong Kong’s biggest developers have successfully made it on to the official shortlist for the second annual China Property Awards, part of the decade-old Asia Property Awards series – the largest real estate awards programme in the region.

K. Wah International Holdings Limited and Sino-Ocean Land are the two companies in the running for the biggest award of the year for Best Developer (China). Sino-Ocean Land is also taking on the the housing segment in Beijing with its Ocean Palace project, nominated for the Best Residential Development (Beijing) gong.

Shenzhen Parkland Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. is also among the big nominees of the year, with citations for its luxury residential and commercial projects in Shenzhen.

Last year’s champion and five-time awardee, Henderson Land Development Company Limited, is back with three nods in the Hong Kong and Macau section of the awards, including Best Boutique Residential Development, Best Office Development, and Best Mixed-Use Development for its 18 On Land project located in one of the most affluent neighbourhoods and favourite dining spots in Central Hong Kong.

The developers and developments were shortlisted following a rigorous judging period spanning the last six months, with nominations submitted by industry players and the general public.

Overall, there will be 19 award categories covering the dynamic markets of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macau. The scope of the Awards is a demonstration of the rapid growth of the Chinese markets in the last several years. The top winners in the domestic markets will then compete in the ‘Best of the Best’ categories, with winners announced at the gala dinner.

“We’re delighted to return in China for a second year, with major developers and emerging talents in the country participating again,” said Terry Blackburn, CEO of Ensign Media, owner of the Awards and publisher of Asia’s industry-leading Property Report magazine. “Amidst the recent economic slowdown being witnessed across the country, we are here to shift the attention of the market to the most outstanding developments from the Mainland to Macau that truly deserve international recognition.”

China Property Awards 2015

The highly respected and independent panel of judges is again led by chairman Ivan Ko, who also chairs the China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong Chapter (CRECCHK), organiser of the China Property Awards 2015.

“The quality of developers and projects this year has gone up quite a lot especially in the major cities on Mainland China. It is impressive to see the improvements in concept, building quality and uses which cater very well to the rapidly changing consumer preference and experience of the purchasers and users in the mainland,” Ko said. “I am also glad to see that Hong Kong and Macau are keeping up with new and more efficient use of space.”

He added that the biggest advantage for the Chinese developers taking part in the China Property Awards – which is free-to-enter and widely recognised for fairness and transparency – is the international standard that sets it apart from other local awards in China.

“The China Property Awards represents a certain degree of international recognition that helps bridge the gap between the property markets in China and overseas. I would expect the response from Mainland China will grow strongly in the next few years down the road as the China Property Awards lifts industry standards and the overall market performance.”

In addition to the various award categories, the China Property Awards will be presenting the Real Estate Personality of the Year 2015 trophy to Dr Allan Zeman, chairman and founder of the Lan Kwai Fong Group, and developer of one of Hong Kong’s most iconic entertainment districts. A Hong Kong resident for more than four decades now, Zeman in recent years has championed the growth of domestic markets in Chengdu, Haikou, Wuxi and Shanghai. Zeman’s award was chosen by the editors of Property Report magazine and is the only one not selected by the independent judges panel.

The black-tie event will be hosted in association with CRECCHK’s 13th anniversary gala dinner on Monday, 7 December at the prestigious JW Marriott Hotel in Hong Kong.