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The WhatHouse? Awards 2016 winners announced at spectacular event today

Posted 18 November 2016 by Keith Osborne

The most coveted awards in the UK's new homes industry have been announced this afternoon at the 35th WhatHouse? Awards...

The largest event in UK housebuilding has ended with Churchill Retirement Living being crowned WhatHouse? Housebuilder of the Year 2016, in front of 1,700 industry peers at the Grosvenor House Hotel this afternoon.

The specialist developer, which builds around 500 homes per year exclusively for people aged 55 and above, also picked up the title Medium Housebuilder of the Year and a Silver for Best Retirement Development.

Berkeley Homes was named Large Housebuilder of the Year (those building more than 1,000 new homes over 12 months) in addition to four other Awards, with Spitfire Bespoke Homes handed the Gold in Best Small Housebuilder (for those completing under 100 new homes annually). Trivselhus by Esh took the title of Sustainable Housebuilder of the Year, while Network Homes, which won a Gold and Bronze for starter homes schemes in Greater London, took the title of Housing Association of the Year.

Last year’s Housebuilder of the Year Hill, which has seen a very busy last 12 months, narrowly missed out on retaining the crown, but still won a Silver for Best Medium Housebuilder, Bronze for Sustainable Housebuilder of the Year and Golds for Best House and Best Development.

In all, the WhatHouse? Awards 2016 Gala Luncheon in the Great Room of the five-star Park Lane hotel saw the independent judging panel name Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in 19 categories before the Housebuilder of the Year was announced by host William Hague, former leader of the Conservative Party and Foreign Secretary.

Other major winners include Crest Nicholson, with three Awards (Best House, Best Partnership Scheme, Best Mixed-Use Scheme), London Square (Best Medium Housebuilder, Best Luxury Development, Best Mixed-Use Scheme) and Audley Retirement (Best Medium Housebuilder, Best Retirement Development, Best Interior Design)

Rupert Bates, editorial director of Whathouse.com and head of the judging panel, says: “[It's] the day the new homes flag flies highest. The industry has many challenges ahead, but for now let us celebrate the best new homes in Britain. We would like to thank all the housebuilders, suppliers and other industry colleagues who have once again supported this great event.”

Here’s the full list of winners from this year’s WhatHouse? Awards, download the Judges' Report (pictured) for all the details:


Housebuilder of the Year

WhatHouse? Awards 2016 Judges' Report cover​Churchill Retirement Living


Best Large Housebuilder – sponsored by Roca

Gold, Berkeley Homes

Silver, Redrow Homes ; CALA Homes

Bronze, Barratt Developments


Best Medium Housebuilder – sponsored by N+C

Gold, Churchill Retirement Living

Silver, Hill ; City & Country Group

Bronze, Audley Retirement ; London Square


Best Small Housebuilder – sponsored by Jablite

Gold, Spitfire Bespoke Homes

Silver, Metis Homes

Bronze, Wyatt Homes ; Langton Homes


Sustainable Housebuilder of the Year – sponsored by NHBC

Gold, Trivselhus by Esh

Silver, Linden Homes

Bronze, Hill


Housing Association of the Year – sponsored by What House Digital

Gold, Network Homes

Silver, NU Living/Swan Housing Association

Bronze, Peabody Trust ; Sentinel Housing Association


Best Starter Home Scheme – sponsored by Sky

Gold, Network Homes, The Junction, London SW9 ; St Modwen, Glan Llyn, Newport, Wales

Silver, Kier Living, Balaam Wood, Birmingham

Bronze, Network Homes, Lime Walk, Wembley, London


Best House – sponsored by Nolte Kitchens

Gold, Hill, 'The Longstowe', Ninewells, Cambridge

Silver, Turnwood, 'Park View', Chesterton, Cambridge ; Millgate,  Plot 13, Sundridge Park, Bromley, London

Bronze, Crest Nicholson, The Villas, Bath Riverside, Somerset ; Fruition Properties, 8 Merchant Terrace, Hammersmith, London W12


Best Apartment – sponsored by Warwick Estates

Gold, Ipsus Developments, Ipsus 08, Blackfriars, London SE1

Silver, A2Dominion/FABRICA, City Wharf, London N1

Bronze, Berkeley Homes, One Tower Bridge, London SE1 ; Berkeley Homes, Abell & Cleland  House, London SW1


Best Luxury House – sponsored by Alexander James

Gold, Huntsmere, ‘Franklyn’, Alderley Edge, Cheshire

Silver, Octagon, ‘High  Ridge’, Oxshott, Surrey ; Henley Homes, 20 Linksway, Northwood, London

Bronze, Aspire, Kings Chase, Oxshott, Surrey


Best Renovation – sponsored by Jackson-Stops & Staff

Gold, City & Country, The Mansion Apartments, King Edward VII Estate, Midhurst, West Sussex

Silver, Thomas Homes, Old Railway Quarter, Swindon, Wiltshire

Bronze, Esquire Developments, Hazells Farm, Northfleet Green, Kent


Best Development – sponsored by Beko

Gold, Hill, Ninewells, Cambridge

Silver, Durkan Estates, The Academy, Woolwich, London

Bronze, Developing London, Clock House Gardens, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire ;  Millgate, Woolley Hall, Maidenhead, Berkshire


Best Partnership Scheme – sponsored by Thomas Gray

Gold, Crest Nicholson, Park Central, Birmingham

Silver, Hill, Ilan Square, Hackney, London E5

Bronze, St James, Vauxhall City Farm, London SE11


Best Luxury Development – sponsored by Laufen

Gold, London Square, Star & Garter, Richmond, London

Silver, Millgate, Englemere, Ascot, Berkshire

Bronze, Berkeley Homes, One Tower Bridge, London SE1


Best Mixed-Use Scheme – sponsored by Aldermore

Gold, Quartermile Developments, Quartermile, Edinburgh ; St George, Fulham Reach, Hammersmith, London

Silver, London Square, London Square Putney, London

Bronze, Crest Nicholson, Harbourside, Bristol


Best Retirement Development – sponsored by Show House

Gold, Audley Retirement, Audley Chalfont Dene, Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire

Silver, Anchor, Hampshire Lakes, Yateley, Hampshire ; Churchill Retirement Living, Hawthorn Lodge, Farnham, Surrey

Bronze, McCarthy & Stone, Constance Place, Knebworth, Hertfordshire


Best Regeneration Scheme – sponsored by Kerry London

Gold, Berkeley Homes, Woodberry Down, London N4

Silver, Miller Homes, Varsity North, Edinburgh ; Network Homes, Park Heights, Stockwell, London

Bronze, Bower Mapson, The Buttercross, Witney, Oxfordshire ; Inspired Homes, Green Dragon House, Croydon, London


Best Interior Design – sponsored by Green Lighting

Gold, Audley Retirement, Audley Chalfont Dene, Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire

Silver, Oakmayne Bespoke, The Fitzbourne, Marylebone, London W1

Bronze, Telford Homes, ‘The Triplex Penthouse’, Parliament House, London SE11 ; London Square, Star & Garter, Richmond, London


Best Exterior Design – sponsored by Ibstock

Gold, A2Dominion/FABRICA, City Wharf, London N1

Silver, Hill, Ilan Square, Hackney, London E5

Bronze, David Wilson Homes, Leithfield Park, Godalming, Surrey


Best Public Realm  - sponsored by TCL

Gold, Berkeley Homes, Goodmans Fields, London E1


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