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Sage wins landmark award.

Byline: By Rebekah Ashby

The cream of the region's property industry gathered on Tyneside last night to see computer giant Sage's dramatic new headquarters in Newcastle Great Park crowned North-East Landmark of the Year.

More than 300 property professionals attended The Journal's inaugural Landmark Awards at The Hilton Newcastle Gateshead.

Judges described the pounds 65m building ( which took away the Office Development title, as well as the most sought after award of the night ( as "dramatic, contemporary and efficient" and said the offices have achieved a "major impact".

Winners of the first awards, which are sponsored by Watson Burton LLP law firm, were also announced in Retail/Leisure, Environmental, Public Sector and Residential Development categories.

The building excellence awards, which are also supported by Barclays and surveyor Lamb & Edge, were introduced to highlight regional building excellence and reward developments that highlight the best in concept, design and construction.

The Journal editor Brian Aitken said: "We recently published a special edition of The Journal based around 100 Reasons Why It's Great Up North. That showed me that the North-East has a proud tradition of innovation and excellence.

"I think there is a swagger and justifiable confidence in the business world here just now, which is extremely good news if you are an architect, developer or contractor.

"These awards are about showcasing building excellence and the panel of judges had some pretty difficult decisions to make because the quality of entries was extremely high."

The judges praised the standard of entries, saying they had enhanced the region and the architect, developer and contractor for the winning project each received an award. Richard Freeman-Wallace, head of property at Watson Burton law firm and member of the judging panel, said: "The award ceremony was a fitting climax to a significant new property award which has captured the imagination of the region's property industry.

"We're delighted the Landmark Awards have proved to be an instant winner. There was strong competition in all categories and the full house at the awards dinner underlined the interest and enthusiasm of property professionals across the North-East.

"The awards reward the people who make a long- term difference to the places in which we live and work. Their talent keeps the region's buildings looking distinctive, purposeful and stylish.

"Watson Burton is delighted to have initiated the Landmark scheme, and to have had the active support of The Journal, whose backing made a tremendous difference to the success of the competition. Sponsorship from Barclays and Lamb and Edge was equally appreciated.

"The first year of the Landmark awards has proved that a competition which focuses on the property professionals has a key place in the region's calendar of annual awards."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 8, 2004
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