What House? Awards Announced

Gordana Davila

November 24, 2012

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The winners of the 31st What House? Awards – the best new homes in Britain – have been announced at  London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Actor James Nesbitt hosted the Awards, which saw CALA Homes take home the biggest prize in new homes – the What House? Housebuilder of the Year 2012.

There were winners from every corner of the UK among the 20 other categories honoured, in front of nearly 1,400 senior property industry figures at the most prestigious event in the housebuilding calendar.

Rupert Bates, editorial director of Whathouse.co.uk, said: “The standard this year across all categories has been arguably the best in the 31-year history of these coveted Awards. From volume housebuilders committed to a culture of excellence through every site and every discipline, to niche developers producing some sensational cutting-edge products, the very best of housebuilding was on show.”

“We would like to thank all the housebuilders, suppliers and other industry colleagues, together with the event sponsors and judges, who have once again supported this great event – the day the new homes flag flies highest.”

The winners of the What House? Awards 2012 in full are:

Housebuilder of the Year: CALA Homes


Best Large Housebuilder, sponsored by Electrolux

Gold: Linden Homes

Silver (joint): Berkeley Homes and Redrow Homes

Bronze: Taylor Wimpey


Best Medium Housebuilder, sponsored by Roca

Gold: CALA Homes

Silver: Banner Homes

Bronze (joint): Hillreed Homes and Croudace Homes


Best Small Housebuilder, sponsorer by Nolte Kitchens

Gold: Antler Homes

Silver: City & Country Group

Bronze (joint): Newcourt Residential and Conservation Builders Limited


Sustainable Developer of the Year, sponsored by Thomas Gray

Gold: Barratt Homes

Silver: Linden Homes

Bronze: Taylor Wimpey


Housing Association of the Year, sponsored by Premier Guarantee

Gold: Thames Valley Housing Association

Silver: Sovereign Housing Association

Bronze: Great Places Housing Group


Best Starter Home, sponsored by Belgravia Business Group

Gold: McGinnis Group, ‘The Bungalow’, Coopers Mill, Belfast

Silver: United House, The Fold, Sidcup, SE9

Bronze: Lovell, ‘The Milton’, Kensington Court, Liverpool


Best House, sponsored by Vogue Interiors

Gold: CALA Homes, ‘The Georgian Villa’, Trinity Park, Edinburgh

Silver (joint): Wynndel Property Management, ‘The Sessile’, Naturally Woodlands, Brynna, Wales and Redrow Homes, ‘Villa One’, The Walpole Collection, Ealing, London

Bronze (joint): Country & Metropolitan Homes, ‘The Osborne’, The Garrison, Shoeburyness, Essex and Linden Homes, ‘The Treverva’, Tremorvah Heights, Falmouth, Cornwall


Best Apartment Scheme, sponsored by spicerhaart land & new homes

Gold: Oakmayne Bespoke, Verge Mayfair, London W1

Silver (joint): Urban Splash, Longlands, Stalybridge and Dandara, Castle Quay, St Helier, Jersey

Bronze: Ipsus Developments, Ipsus07, Clapham, London


Best Luxury House, sponsored by Johnson Tiles

Gold: Q Developments, ‘Ava House’, Coombe Hill, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

Silver (joint): Millgate Homes, ‘Beech House’, Boars Hill, Oxfordshire and Octagon, Loom Lane, Radlett, Hertfordshire

Bronze: Antler Homes, Roebuck Grange, Maidens Green, Berkshire


Best Renovation, sponsored by Electrolux

Gold: City & Country Group, Balls Park, Hertford

Silver: St James, Roehampton House, London SW15

Bronze: Linden Homes, Kingston Mills, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire


Best Development, sponsored by spicerhaart land & new homes

Gold: The Hyde Group, Packington Square, Islington, London N1

Silver: Genesis Housing Association, New Hendon Village, Colindale, London NW9

Bronze (joint): Hillreed Homes, Greenway, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent and St Modwen, Locking Parklands, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset


Best Partnership Scheme, sponsored by Scottish Power

Gold: AIMC4 (Stewart Milne Group, Barratt, Crest Nicholson, BRE, Oxford Brookes University and H+H UK), Noble Park, Epsom, Surrey

Silver: Crest Nicholson with HCA, Southampton City Council, Radian and E.ON, Centenary Park, Southampton

Bronze: Mount Anvil and One Housing Group, Central Square, London EC1V


Best Luxury Development, sponsored by Laufen

Gold: Octagon, Kingswood Warren Park, Kingswood, Surrey

Silver: Antler Homes, Sovereign Mews, Ascot, Berkshire

Bronze (joint): Newcourt Residential, Palace Gate, East Molesey, Surrey and Lochailort, Sackville Place, The Vine, Sevenoaks, Kent


Best Mixed-Use Development, sponsored by Virgin Media

Gold: Urban Splash, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Devon

Silver: Dandara, Castle Quay, St Helier, Jersey

Bronze (joint): Linden Homes, Kingston Mills, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire and Barratt Homes, New Central, Woking, Surrey


Best Sustainable Development, sponsored by Quooker

Gold: Urban Splash, Lakeshore, Bristol

Silver: Weston Homes, The Retreat, Chigwell, Essex

Bronze: L&Q, Oberon Court, East Ham, London E6


Best Retirement Development, sponsored by House to Home

Gold: Audley Retirement, Mote House, Bearsted, Kent

Silver (joint): Urban Renaissance Villages, Bramshott Place Village, Liphook, Hampshire and Audley Retirement, St Elphins Park, Matlock, Derbyshire

Bronze: Churchill Retirement Living, Dean Lodge, Southbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset


Best Brownfield Development, sponsored by whathouse.co.uk

Gold: Miller Homes, h2010, Hunslet, Leeds

Silver: Linden Homes, Evolve, Devonport, Plymouth, Devon

Bronze (joint): Taylor Wimpey, Diglis Water, Worcester and Bellway, City Peninsula, Greenwich, London SE10


Best Interior Design, sponsored by Silestone by Cosentino

Gold: Q Developments, ‘Ava House’, Coombe Hill, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

Silver (joint): Oakmayne Bespoke, Verge Mayfair, London W1 and Mount Anvil, Central Square, London EC1V

Bronze (joint): Millgate Homes, ‘Beech House’, Boars Hill, Oxfordshire and London Square, Wimbledon Village, London SW19


Best Exterior Design, sponsored by Welbeck Group

Gold: Q Developments, ‘Ava House’, Coombe Hill, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

Silver: United House and Cathedral Group, The Library Building, Clapham, London

Bronze (joint): Barratt Homes, Houndwood, Street, Somerset and Urban Splash, Park Hill, Sheffield


Best Landscape Design, sponsored by Show House

Gold: Lower Mill Estate, Lower Mill Estate, Somerford Keynes, Gloucestershire

Silver: Taylor Wimpey and Bovis Homes, Cambourne, Cambridgeshire

Bronze: St Edward, Stanmore Place, Harrow, London HA7

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