WhatHouse? Awards 2015 winners – Hill, Housebuilder of the Year
Posted 24 November 2015 by Keith Osborne
Not only did Essex-based company Hill win Housebuilder for the Year for the first time at the WhatHouse? Awards 2015, they were also presented with seven other prizes by guest host David Walliams, making them one of the most successful winners of recent years.
The biggest and most coveted new homes awards in the UK also bestowed Hill with three Gold wins (for Best Medium Housebuilder, Best Development and Best Brownfield Development), but also two Silvers (Best Partnership Scheme, Best Sustainable Development) and two Bronzes (Sustainable Developer of the Year, Best Starter Home).
The firm has become one of Britain’s top 20 housebuilders since it was founded in 1999. Its current developments include Ninewells in Cambridge, Base17 in Walworth and Alchester Park in Bicester.
Reacting to the awards, Andy Hill, chief executive of Hill, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be awarded the title of Housebuilder of the Year – it’s a huge endorsement of the great work all the team at Hill have carried out over the previous years as we have grown the business into what it is today. We are particularly proud of our development at The Scene, in Walthamstow, which won multiple awards.
“It’s fantastic to be recognised by WhatHouse? as the country’s top housebuilder in 2015, as we fulfil our own ambitions of becoming the most trusted provider of distinctive, quality homes. Our homes are increasingly known for high-quality design and functionality, as well as embracing innovative sustainable features. Hill’s success at the Awards is a testament to the creativity and craftsmanship of all our staff, together with the whole of our supply chain.
“2015 has been a great year for Hill, but we also have some fantastic developments in the pipeline. These include major schemes in growth centres like London, Cambridge and Oxford, all of which need many more high-quality new homes to satisfy demand. As our business grows, we are also increasingly looking at larger and more challenging projects across London and the South East – it is an incredibly exciting time to be part of Hill as we strive to fulfil our ambitions for future planned growth.”
The WhatHouse? Awards judges said of the company’s achievement:
“When it comes to industry awards, Hill, lifting the most coveted prize in British housebuilding, has just climbed the highest mountain. The company, based in Waltham Abbey, Essex, has had a phenomenal year as a cabinet full of awards testifies.
“Eight awards is a stunning achievement and the fact that they were spread across such a range of categories adds to the lustre of the victories.
“Hill, building more than 1,150 homes last year, has developments in London, Essex, Norfolk, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire and continues to work on innovative partnerships, but a lot of its work is in Cambridge, a city creating quite a residential development reputation.
“Hill has a fierce commitment to customer care, as well as staff development, training and recruitment. There is also a passionate drive to encourage more young people into housebuilding and address the industry’s skills shortages.
“Hill has come an awfully long way from its first office – a lock-up on a Dagenham industrial estate – and there is plenty more to come from the champion builder of 2015.”