The annual UKAA Awards 2023 – which took place yesterday evening (2 November) – honours those who have delivered outstanding contributions to the Build to Rent sector over the past year.
The evening was packed with excitement, including a surprise award for Build to Rent Industry Shaper Tracey Hartley, Chief Operating Officer, Europe at Cortland. Since taking up her role in October 2022, Tracey has been instrumental in helping the company grow its portfolio and elevate the rental living experience across the UK.
Previously, Tracey has worked on the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ Private Rented Sector Taskforce, as well as with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors on the creation of the first private rented sector industry-wide code of practice.
She also worked with the Institute of Residential Property Management to create Ofqual-regulated qualifications for Build to Rent, helping to shape the future of the industry for both those working within it and renters. With this in mind, Tracey also serves as a key member of the UKAA Policy, Research & Education Committee, which helps ensure that learning and development are best in class within the sector.
Rental expert Roger Southam of Roger Southam Associates was honoured with the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award. With 40 years of real estate sector experience, Roger has worked on residential, retail, office and public sector assets in the UK and overseas.
This includes the provision of development, investment and management services, with a focus on innovation, cash flow improvement and driving down gross to net leakage, resulting in enhanced income and capital values. Roger has also been the best performing partner for GE Capital, GMac and HSBC for eight consecutive years and was a driving force in the formation of the UKAA.
Richard Smith, Moda’s Managing Director took the top prize – awarded with the Rising Star Award. Richard brings his extensive hospitality experience to the sector, having previously worked his way up to Brand and Operations Director at De Vere. He has also won previous awards including the Marriott International Hotel of the Year, UK Hotel of the Year and Bill Marriott’s Chairman Award.
One to watch over the coming years, Richard’s mission is for Moda to be recognised as a sector-leading employee brand, showcasing world-class operational standards consistently. Customer experience and resident interaction is at the heart of his approach.
Three teams were also honoured for the Whole Life Costing Awards. The Development Phase Whole Life Costing Award was awarded to Cortland Consult. The judges highlighted that the company demonstrated an outstanding degree of leadership and innovation in significantly reducing project whole life costs, while positively impacting environmental, social and governance (ESG) outcomes.
David Phillips scooped the Supply Chain Whole Life Costing Award, which recognises the team for integrating whole life costs into their processes in a new and innovative way, to the benefit of a project.
The Operational Phase Whole Life Costing Award was awarded to Iterum Trading, who showcased the highest standards of innovation in leading significant changes to existing services to deliver a measurable impact on whole life costs.
The Overall Whole Life Costing Award was presented to David Phillips. Judges commented that the company demonstrated practical progress with the development and application of their technology. Judges were impressed that the company showed industry leadership and support to educating and raising awareness in the industry on the circular economy and the benefits of whole life costing.
“Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s UKAA Awards. What a superb evening honouring so many talented individuals and teams from across the Build to Rent sector. The awards have also provided an opportunity to discuss leading examples of innovation and best practice, serving as inspiration to all those within the Build to Rent space.”Brendan Geraghty, CEO, UKAA