WhatHouse? Awards 2020: The Winners Announced

Posted 27 November 2020 by Keith Osborne

Britain's best new homes and housebuilders have been announced at the industry-leading WhatHouse? Awards 2020...

The very best new homes and housebuilders in Britain have been honoured today at the WhatHouse? Awards 2020, which took place online for the first time.

In a virtual ceremony hosted by Romesh Ranganathan, Hill was crowned Housebuilder of the Year at the WhatHouse? Awards, the most prestigious accolades in the new homes industry.

It was the 40th year of the Awards, but due to the pandemic and lockdown, for the first time the ceremony was held digitally, with the audience watching online.

As well as winning the blue riband Housebuilder of the Year, Essex-based Hill won golds in the Best Medium Housebuilder and Best Development categories.

WHA 2020 Judges Report

Berkeley Group won Best Large Housebuilder, while Esquire Developments from Kent was awarded Best Small Housebuilder.

“It was a great day, although how we missed 1,700 physically in the room and all the noise and elation that creates. Romesh Ranganathan was a fantastic host and I would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who took part – especially our sponsors and judges, unwavering in their support. The housebuilding industry at its best,” said Rupert Bates, editorial director of WhatHouse.com and Show House magazine.

Here is the winners list in full:

Housebuilder Of The Year



Best Large Housebuilder – sponsored by heylo

Gold: Berkeley Group

Silver: Miller Homes

Silver: Places for People

Bronze: Redrow


Best Medium Housebuilder – sponsored by Robinson Manufacturing Ltd

Gold: Hill

Silver: Bewley Homes

Silver: William Davis Homes

Bronze: Churchill Retirement Living

Bronze: Hayfield


Best Small Housebuilder – sponsored by Nicholls & Clarke

Gold: Esquire Developments

Silver: Horgan Homes

Silver: Rose

Bronze: Galion

Bronze: Quinn Homes


Housing Association Of The Year – sponsored by What House Digital

Gold: Abri

Silver: Catalyst


Best Build To Rent Project – sponsored by Roca

Gold: 10 George Street, Canary Wharf, London E14, Vertus

Silver: Blackhorse Mills, Walthamstow, London E17, Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) Real Assets


Best Starter Home Scheme – sponsored by Connells

Gold: Parklands, Barking Riverside, London IG11, L&Q

Silver: Daedalus Village, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, Abri and Wates Residential

Bronze: Lavender Walk, Carshalton, London SM5, Clarion Housing


Best House – sponsored by Q Assure

Gold: The Byford at Base, Newhall, Harlow, Essex, Countryside Properties

Silver: The Mulberry at Great Court Farm, Totnes, Devon, Baker Estates

Bronze: Gifford, Tornagrain, Inverness, ZeroC (part of Places for People) & Moray Estates

Bronze: Waterfront Avenue Townhouse, 55 Degrees North, Edinburgh, Places for People

Bronze: 6 Oakum Square, Stonelea Gardens, Leyton, London E11, Peabody


Best Apartment Scheme – sponsored by Roca

Gold: 10 Park Drive, Canary Wharf, London E14, Canary Wharf Group

Silver: The Dumont, 27 Albert Embankment, London SE1, St James

Bronze: 250 City Rd, London EC1V, Berkeley Homes


Best Luxury House – sponsored by Moneypenny

Gold: Hampton Place, Wentworth Estate, Surrey, Octagon Developments

Silver: Seascape, Littlestone, Kent, Sunningdale House Developments

Bronze: Devonshire House, Manor Gardens, Clent, Worcestershire, Horgan Homes


Best Renovation – sponsored by Nolte Kitchens

Gold: Beaumont Gardens, St Albans, Taylor Wimpey

Silver: Caley House, Wimbledon, London SW19, West Eleven

Bronze: The White Building at Chapel Gate, Basingstoke, Hampshire, Barratt Developments


Best Development – sponsored by Haier

Gold: Mosaics, Oxford, Hill

Silver: Lambton Park, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, Miller Homes

Bronze: Taplow Riverside, Taplow, Maidenhead, Berkeley

Bronze: 59 Lansdown, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, CALA Homes


Best Partnership Scheme – sponsored by heylo

Gold: Lime Quarter, Bromley-by-Bow, London E3, Vistry Partnerships & Newlon Housing Trust

Silver: Motion, Lea Bridge, London E10, Hill & Peabody

Bronze: Rochester Riverside, Rochester, Kent, Countryside Properties & Hyde


Best Luxury Development – sponsored by Laufen

Gold: Sandgate Pavilions, Encombe, Sandgate, Kent, Sunningdale House Developments

Silver: Pavilion, Inverleith, Edinburgh, AMA Homes

Silver: Forbury, Blackheath, London SE13, Berkeley Homes


Best Mixed Use Development – sponsored by BT

Gold: Lime Quarter, Bromley-by-Bow, London E3, Vistry Partnerships

Silver: The Old Fire Station, Clifford Street, York, London Ebor Developments & The Helmsley Group

Bronze: London Dock, Wapping, London E1W, St George


Best Retirement Development – sponsored by Hamro

Gold: Audley Cooper's Hill, Englefield Green, Surrey, Audley Group

Gold: Waterton Green, Walton, Yorkshire, LIFEstyle by ENGIE

Silver: The Folds, Romiley, Stockport, Adlington Retirement Living

Silver: Audley Stanbridge Earls, Romsey, Hampshire, Audley Group

Bronze: Fitzford Lodge, Tavistock, Devon, Churchill Retirement Living

Bronze: Dundee House, Midhurst, West Sussex, Lilyford


Best Sustainable Development – sponsored by Q Assure

Gold: Fairbrook Grove, Faversham, ME13, Gold Property Developments

Silver: Woodberry Down, B Finsbury Park, London N4, Berkeley Homes


Best Regeneration Scheme – sponsored by BT

Gold: Chapel Riverside, Southampton, Inland Homes

Silver: Fish Island Village, Hackney Wick, London E3, Hill & Peabody

Silver: Port Loop, Birmingham, Urban Splash & Places for People

Bronze: Burrstone Gardens, Merstham, Surrey, Raven Homes


Best Interior Design – sponsored by Green Lighting

Gold: Skeel Library, Hampstead Manor, Hampstead, London NW3, Mount Anvil

Silver: Holford House, Roehampton, London SW15, Richstone Properties

Bronze: Radstone Gate, Stelling Minnis, Kent, Pentland Homes


Best Exterior Design – sponsored by Tidywork Studio

Gold: Lyons Place, London, W2, Almacantar

Silver: Tornagrain, Inverness, ZeroC, part of Places for People

Bronze: Lambton Park, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, Miller Homes


Best Public Realm – sponsored by Show House magazine

Gold: Hayfields, Southmoor, Oxfordshire, Hayfield

Silver: Wembley Park, Wembley, London HA9, Quintain

Bronze: Brooklands Square, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Places for People


Find a copy of the Judges Report here.


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