Shannon Commercial Properties claims major industry award for regional excellence

Ray O'Driscoll winner of the Regional Excellence Award, Shannon Commercial Properties with Pat Davitt CEO IPAV Picture Jason Clarke

Ray O'Driscoll winner of the Regional Excellence Award, Shannon Commercial Properties with Pat Davitt CEO IPAV Picture Jason Clarke

SHANNON Commercial Properties has claimed a major industry award for ‘regional excellence’ in property development.

The Shannon Group company claimed the Regional Excellence Award at the Property Industry Excellence Awards announced in Dublin on Thursday night.

The KPMG Irish Independent awards, which were presented at the Convention Centre Dublin, are in their fourth year and showcase industry excellence.

Over 120 nominations were judged across 11 categories, with Shannon Commercial Properties getting the nod for the Regional Excellence Award from a panel of judges chaired by Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT and also including Kathryn Meghen, CEO of RIAI; Pat Davitt, CEO of IPAV and Sean Lenihan of Engineers Ireland.

The award for Shannon Commercial Properties is in recognition of the effect that the company is having not just on its own property portfolio in the Mid-West since it came into being in 2014, but also as a driver of the wider regional economy.

 “We’re thrilled to have been selected for this award,” said Ray O’Driscoll, Managing Director of SCP.

“These are the most prestigious awards in the property industry. There is a significant amount of development activity in the regions and the standards are high and the competition strong. We’re are very much dedicated to achieving and maintaining high standards and this is recognition of that.”

Since 2014, Shannon Commercial Properties has invested €40 million in creating new and upgraded office and advanced manufacturing space in the Shannon Free Zone. The record spend has seen the company construct 200,000 sq ft of new offices and advanced manufacturing units for tenants such as Jaguar Land Rover and GE Sensing and refurbish over 400,000 sq ft of facilities initially constructed in the 1980s.

Tenants that have occupied these upgraded facilities include Edwards Lifesciences, Magellan Aviation, STS UJet, Jetpower and others.

“We’ve had a very busy few years and what the market is really telling us is that if we develop premium office, commercial and industrial space, they will be snapped up,” said Mr O’Driscoll. “But the job is only beginning, and we have a long road ahead, full of opportunity that we intend to maximise for Shannon Commercial Properties and Shannon Group but also for the Mid-West region.”

It comes as another Shannon Group company, Shannon Airport, was recently awarded the Airport of the Year by the European Regions Airline Association.