The Property Management Awards are getting closer!
Time to really get planning hey!
As well as a fabulous evening with a delicious dinner, the Property Management Awards are a time for everyone in the industry to come together to celebrate success. Our work isn’t always easy – on all levels from crawling around grimy boiler rooms to detailed contract negotiations it can be tricky – but we feel it’s important to remember and recognise what’s achieved. Individuals work very hard to make our companies what they are and provide excellent service to our clients and this is a chance for them to shine.
This year’s awards ceremony is pretty special for us as it’s the first time we have sponsored an award. We’re focusing on the “Surveyor of the Year” accolade as our way of giving just a little something back to our industry. Not that we have any say in who wins though. As the Awards organisers tell us:
“Whilst hosted by News on the Block, all the Awards are independently judged by an experienced panel of property experts representing the different stakeholders in the industry: leaseholders, managing agents and freeholders.”
The Awards are organised by News on the Block, the online and paper magazine offering comprehensive advice to flat owners. Just thinking about how important they are to the residential lettings industry is enough of a clue about how important an event in our calendar the Property Management Awards are.
Back in August we weren’t allowed to tell you where the awards ceremony would be held. Now it’s close though we can reveal it’s at Troxy in east London. As someone involved with property you’re bound to be as fascinated as we were by the history of the Troxy building. If nothing else it’s the perfect example of how a building can evolve to meet whatever demands may be placed on it. As their website tell us:
“Troxy originally opened as a grand cinema in 1933 and was designed to seat an audience of 3520 people. Erected on the site of an old brewery, it cost £250,000 to build.
“The cinema had luxurious seating areas and mirror-lined restaurants and all the staff wore evening dress. It seemed like Hollywood had come to Commercial Road in all its glory. Outside was a blaze of lights, inside a large foyer with a large sweeping staircase, chandeliers, floor to ceiling mirrors and thick carpets.”
And had you been there during it’s cinematic heyday instead of brushing shoulders withe leading lights in the Property Management industry it would have been stars of stage and screen; the Andrews Sisters, Gracie Fields, Petula Clark, Cliff Richard and even Clark Gable all paid a visit.
Times changed though and after three years empty Troxy became a rehearsal hall run by the Royal Opera House (the stage was exactly the same size as the one in Covent Garden) before a change of direction saw it become a Bingo Hall. That though came to an end in 2005 paving the way for this fabulous building to become the fantastic venue it is today. Many of the original features remain apparently.
I can hardly believe that in next-to-no-time we’ll be there sharing the success of others and enjoying a fantastic evening. There can be no better way to round off the year for DMG Delta.