IPE - PensionDanmark was the big winner at this year's IP Real Estate Awards in Amsterdam, taking home no fewer than five prizes - including Best European Real Estate Investor.

The Danish pension fund also scooped the awards for the Nordic Countries, Best Innovation, Best Sustainable Investment and Best Large Real Estate Investor.

The other top award went to the partnership between asset manager APG and pension provider PGGM (both based in the Netherlands), the UK's Universities Superannuation Scheme and Maastricht University, which set out to establish a global environmental benchmark for the property sector.

The partnership won the accolade for Outstanding Industry Contribution for the second year in a row.

Other big winners on the night included the UK's Clwyd Pension Fund, which landed the awards for the UK and Ireland, Best Opportunistic Investment and Best Small Real Estate Investor.

Germany's Gothaer won plaudits for the Best Use of Debt, in addition to being deemed the best investor in the Austria, Germany and Switzerland region.

Denmark's ATP - last year's big winner - won the award for Best Portfolio Construction, and Danish pension supplier PFA and the UK's Crown Estate were joint winners of Best Core Investment.

Ireland's GE Woodchester DB Pension Fund won Best Newcomer in Real Estate, while Towers Watson walked away with the Consultancy of the Year prize.

The full list of winners for the IP Real Estate Awards 2011:

Best Institutional Investor:

Austria/Germany/Switzerland                                      Gothaer
Benelux/France                                                            Altera Vastgoed
Nordic Countries                                                          PensionDanmark
UK/Ireland                                                                    Clwyd Pension Fund

Best Core Investment                                                  PFA and Crown Estate
Best Use of Debt                                                         Gothaer
Best Direct Investment                                                Första AP-fonden/Andra AP-fonden
Best Innovation                                                            PensionDanmark
Best Indirect Investment                                              Gothaer
Best Opportunistic Investment                                    Clwyd Pension Fund
Best Portfolio Construction                                          ATP
Best Sustainable Investment                                       PensionDanmark
Best Value-Added Investment                                     West Midlands Pension Fund
Best Newcomer in Real Estate                                   GE Woodchester DB Pension Fund
Consultancy of the Year                                              Towers Watson
Best Small Real Estate Investor                                 Clwyd Pension Fund
Best Medium Real Estate Investor                             Finanssektorens Pensionskasse
Best Large Real Estate Investor                                 PensionDanmark
Outstanding Industry Contribution                               APG/PGGM/USS/Maastricht
Best European Real Estate Investor                            PensionDanmark

Congratulations from all at IP Real Estate to the winners and a big thank you to all our sponsors, as well as everyone who joined us in Amsterdam for the IP Real Estate Investor Forum & Awards 2011.