Elvis came back to life at The O2 as the glitz and glamour of The Wharf Property Awards returned for a fourth year.
More than 300 guests packed out Building Six for the Las Vegas-themed event, sponsored by Gawor and Co, to see 17 winners receive their prizes on Thursday, May 19.
Following a Champagne reception on the terrace, the audience was treated to a performance of Viva Las Vegas from the king himself before feasting on a three-course meal supplied by Gaucho.
And then, one by one, the winners were announced and took the stage to receive their prestigious awards from Elvis.
Here we talk to all the winners.
New Starter – Tanver Ajmal from Metro Village
Tanver said: “I feel so great, to be in the industry for just a couple of months and have won an award it feels amazing.
“It’s an amazing company to work for I would like to thank my colleagues who have been really supportive and helpful.
“I would like to thank my director Ching Tang, for giving me the opportunity and for recognising potential in me and if it wasn’t for my team or for her I wouldn’t have won this award.
“I expect to remain in the property industry in this area. It’s a great area, so much potential and so much development. I feel I have a great future at this company.”
Multi-Branch Agency – Chase Evans
Lettings manager Adam James said: “We feel amazing.
“We work hard, play hard and we enjoy our job.”
Affordable Housing Scheme – Stadium Place by L&Q
“We feel absolutely amazing and very chuffed. It’s such an iconic development and has had a lot of attention.”
Corporate Social Responsibility – Chestertons
Marketing director Giles Milner said: “We are really proud of this. To have this recognition is really nice.
“It’s down to the whole company. Together we are working towards what we want to do for the community.”
Female Agent – Ching Tang from Metro Village
Ching said: “Oh my God I’m ecstatic, surprised, emotional, honoured – just all those emotions rolled into one.
“It’s all about teamwork and my hard work in industry just trying to become a good role model for the women out there.
“I’m hoping to bring more women into the industry and I’m hoping to inspire them get them into the property world.”
Manager – Kelly Rees
Kelly said: “My team is my greatest asset and the fact that I have won this means more than anything.
“It’s all down to my team, I care about them. They drive me nuts but that’s what makes me more proud. They are like my children.”
Sales Negotiator – Jack Mahoney from Olivier Jaques
Jack said: “It’s such a proud moment for me.
“It’s nice to be rewarded for the hard effort I put into my job.”
Small-to-Medium Agency – Lourdes Estate Agents
Branch manager Anthony Scott said: “I feel amazing. We are privileged and grateful. We have to put this down to our company’s great teamwork, motivation and customer service.”
Large Agency – MyLondonHome
Sales and lettings director Christian Thomas said: “I feel really great. It’s all about trusting the people that you work with and good old fashioned hard work.”
Professional Services – Inven Homes
Directors Wale Owolabi and Ryan Atherley and inventory clerk Charlotte Charles collected their award for Professional Services.
Wale said he felt “shocked and very, very happy”.
“I think it is good recognition for the work we have done over the last seven years.
“Networking and maintaining the business that we have got is our biggest achievement because there are a lot of clients we started with that have now grown and we have grown with them and managed to keep them, which shows we are quite a progressive company.
“Our main thing is to have personal relationships with clients. If they have an issue they can pick up the phone and call me or Ryan or Sammy and say ‘this is our issues’ and we can solve it straight away. We don’t have that big company mentality where we don’t pay people attention and they are just a number.”
Support Person – Tanya Thomas-Charles of Lourdes Estate Agents
She said: I’m really, really chuffed. It wasn’t expected at all.
“The company are amazing, especially with their persona and presence, not just in Aldgate but all over Canary Wharf. They are very supportive no matter who they are speaking to, whether it be an existing client or someone who has just walked in off the street. They are like a family.”
New Office – Chanin Estates
Director Catherine Chan said: “It means so much I have worked so hard for this, it has been my long dream. We started off our first year in a serviced office and then opened the office in March and I can’t tell you how elated I am right now, all my hard work has paid off and I’m building my team and we are fighting and coming back for more.
“I have been in the industry for 13 years and have a lot of passion for property and love everything about it, I cannot think of doing anything else.
“There is a lot of controversy with the sales market at the moment but I think if you have the determination to do well you will be fine.”
Residential Development – Merchants Walk by Peabody
Marketing manager Andrew Peglau said: “We are really excited. This is one of our best performing developments in the last year.
“I think for us its important to serve the Canary Wharf area in terms of residential development so for us its a great achievement.”
“There’s a lot of discussion about Brexit and changes to Stamp Duty in the industry at the moment but what’s great is that east London, where Merchants Walk is located, is one of the more affordable areas of London at the moment so it gives us the opportunity and buyers the opportunity to consider an area they might not have done previously to get on the property ladder.”
Innovation – Wardian London by Ballymore
Legal and operations manager Bella Smith said it was a “fantastic” moment.”
The Wardian development has been a very exciting project for us and we are very pleased it has been recognised.
“It brings something different to the area. We have brought more of a nature feel to Canary Wharf.”
Completions manager Louis Hamston said: “It’s a landmark scheme in terms of the environment we are promoting. The external spaces are second to none and we have certainly showcased the greenery and outside space that we have within the Wardian development.
When asked if the current state of the industry made being innovative more difficult Bella said: “It’s actually a plus for us because with the challenges ahead people want something a bit special and I think we will be providing that with Wardian.”
Lettings Negotiator – Terence Crowder
Terence said: “I’m ecstatic. Nine years of hard work in sales and lettings has finally paid off for me and this award comes home to Metro Village.
“I started for an independent company nine years ago and have worked for two big corporates, Ching took me on board last year and I gave it my all.
“I love everything about the industry and London is the capital city of the world, why would I not want to work here?
“My boss, is opening up an office in 2017, I won’t say where, and I have been guaranteed management there so for me it’s management all the way now.”
The People’s Choice – Harrison Property Partners
Sales and lettings director Andrew Matin said: “To be voted for by the people is just fantastic, what an achievement.
“In our infancy as a business it is a privilege to be rewarded by the people themselves.”
“The people matter. They are inspirational.”
The Special Recognition award was presented to Mark Gawor of Gawor and Co. Find out what he had to say here.
Before the awards were presented guests heard from The O2’s commercial director Steve Sayer.
He said: “The dome had a somewhat chequered history when it opened but now I think it has a real synergy with Canary Wharf and the whole of east London.
“We are trying to build on that synergy and over the course of time we have tried to establish ourselves as the number one venue in the world.
“A few of you may know we will have a designer retail village here that will open in 2018 and that will be really exciting for the area, complimenting what you guys have got in Canary Wharf.
“We are excited about that coming to life at The O2."
A big thank you to all our sponsors, suppliers, entrants and guests for making the awards a night to remember.