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WhatHouse? Awards 2023: The Winners Announced

Posted 17 November 2023 by Keith Osborne

Britain's best new homes and housebuilders have been announced at the prestigious What House? Awards 2023...

The Hill Group won the most coveted prize in British housebuilding at the 2023 What House? Awards, powered by myenergi and presented by comedian Ed Gamble at a glittering gala lunch at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House hotel in London on Friday.

Hill won Housebuilder of the Year and also collected eight other awards – a stunning achievement by the company, based in Waltham Abbey, Essex – including Gold for Best Large Housebuilder and two Golds for its Rubicon development in Cambridge in the Best Development and Best Exterior Design categories.

“Exceptional homes and the flourishing communities we create are the result of the dedication and passion of our team,” said The Hill Group founder and chairman Andy Hill.

Weston Homes retained its Best Medium Housebuilder title, as well as winning Gold for Best Sustainable Development, while Best Small Housebuilder Gold went to Horgan Homes, based in the West Midlands.

It was an extraordinary day too for heritage developer City & Country, who took all three awards in the Best Renovation category, as well as Gold for Best Luxury House, winning seven awards in total.

Other Gold winners were Apo (Best Build to Rent Developer), Churchill Retirement Living (Best Retirement Home Developer), Yorkshire Country Properties (Best Starter Home), One Housing (Best House), Hibau (Best Smart Home), Wedgewood Homes (Best Apartment Scheme), Orbit and Wates (Best Partnership Scheme), Octagon (Best Luxury Development), Battersea Power Station (Best Mixed-Use Development), Countryside Partnerships and Taylor Wimpey Central London (Best Regeneration Scheme), Canary Wharf Group (Best Interior Design) and Redrow (Best Public Realm).

The Awards, in front of an audience of 1,400 housebuilding industry professionals and guests, were hosted by one of the UK’s most popular comedians Ed Gamble, co-creator of the chart-topping podcast Off Menu with James Acaster, a regular team captain on BBC’s Mock the Week and a judge on the BBC’s Great British Menu.

“It was a magnificent celebration of the very best new homes in Britain. The quality of the entries, yet alone the winners, was quite exceptional – testimony to industry excellence, with some great housebuilders and developments just missing out on awards this year,” said Rupert Bates, editorial director of What House? and Show House magazine.

“Once again, the What House? Awards were the day the new homes flag flies highest. Many congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to all our sponsors and judges and everybody who attended the biggest day in the housebuilding calendar.”

Here is the full list of winners of the WhatHouse? Awards 2023, and you can read the Judges Report here:

WhatHouse? Awards 2023 Judges Report cover


Housebuilder Of The Year


The Hill Group


Best Large Housebuilder – sponsored by heylo

Gold: The Hill Group

Silver: Redrow

Silver: Berkeley Group

Bronze: Bellway


Best Medium Housebuilder – sponsored by Roca

Gold: Weston Homes

Silver: City & Country


Bronze: Elivia


Best Small Housebuilder – sponsored by Nicholls & Clarke Group

Gold: Horgan Homes

Silver: Fruition Properties

Silver: Freeman Homes

Bronze: Yorkshire County Properties


Best Build To Rent Developer – sponsored by Sky

Gold: Apo

Silver: Quintain

Bronze: Dandara Living

Bronze: Greystar



Best Retirement Home Developer – sponsored by Spring

Gold: Churchill Retirement Living

Silver: McCarthy Stone

Bronze: Audley Group

Bronze: Richmond Villages


Best Starter Home – sponsored by Connells Group

Gold: The Knowle, Shepley, West Yorkshire, Yorkshire Country Properties

Silver: Springfield Park, Maidstone, Kent, Weston Homes

Bronze: Hayes Village, Hayes, Middlesex, Barratt London


Best House – sponsored by Athena Surfaces

Gold: Granville Gardens, Golders Green, London, One Housing

Silver: ‘The Beech’ at Marleigh, Cambridge, The Hill Group and Marshall Group

Bronze: ‘The Caversham’ at Otium Lake, Pluckley, Kent, Hibau

Bronze: ‘The Mitchell Grand’ at Bearsden, Glasgow, Robertson Homes


Best Smart Home – sponsored by myenergi

Gold: ‘The Caversham’ at Otium Lake, Pluckley, Kent, Hibau


Best Apartment Scheme – sponsored by Symphony

Gold: Coastlands, Hythe, Kent, Wedgewood Homes

Silver: Triptych Bankside, Southwark, London, JTRE London

Silver: Bloom, Nine Elms, Battersea, London, Greystar

Bronze: Rubicon, Eddington, Cambridge, The Hill Group

Bronze: The Silk District, Whitechapel, London, Mount Anvil


Best Luxury House – sponsored by Haddonstone

Gold: ‘The Lakehouse North’, St Osyth Priory, Essex, City & Country

Silver: ‘Coppice’, Waterbank, Prestbury, Cheshire, Altin Homes

Bronze: ‘West Meadow’, The Meadow, Westcliffe, Kent, Holloway Studio


Best Renovation – sponsored by Show House

Gold: The Kitchen Yard, The 1840, St George’s Gardens, Wandsworth, London, City & Country

Silver: The Engine House, Midhurst, West Sussex, City & Country

Bronze: Director's Suites, Factory No.1, Bristol, City & Country


Best Development – sponsored by Premier Guarantee

Gold: Rubicon, Eddington, Cambridge, The Hill Group

Silver: Highworth, Swindon, Wiltshire, Backhouse

Bronze: Heartwood, Docking, Norfolk, The Hill Group

Bronze: Tornagrain, Moray Estate, Inverness, Places For People


Best Partnership Scheme – sponsored by Wren Contracts

Gold: Park East, Erith, Kent, Orbit and Wates

Silver: Timber Works, Cambridge, The Hill Group and Cambridge City Council

Silver: Fisherton Street, Westminster, London, Westminster City Council and Linkcity

Bronze: Blackhorse View, Walthamstow, London, Barratt London, Transport for London and L&Q


Best Luxury Development – sponsored by Laufen

Gold: Broadoaks Park, West Byfleet, Surrey, Octagon

Silver: Wardian, Canary Wharf, London, EcoWorld Ballymore

Bronze: The Pavilions, Alderley Park, Nether Alderley, Cheshire, PH Homes


Best Mixed-Use Development – sponsored by myenergi

Gold: Battersea Roof Gardens, Battersea, London, Battersea Power Station

Silver: Wood Wharf, Canary Wharf, London, Canary Wharf Group

Bronze: Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms, London, EcoWorld Ballymore


Best Sustainable Development – sponsored by TriConnex

Gold: Abbey Quay, Barking, London, Weston Homes

Silver: Hayfield Rise, West Lavington, Wiltshire, Hayfield

Bronze: Rubicon, Eddington, Cambridge, The Hill Group

Bronze: St George’s Mead, Semington, Wiltshire, Newland Homes


Best Regeneration Scheme – sponsored by Haier

Gold: Greenwich Millennium Village, London, Countryside Partnerships and Taylor Wimpey Central London

Silver: St John’s Way, Clapham, London, Peabody

Bronze: Platting Village, Miles Platting, Manchester, Lovell Homes and Manchester City Council

Bronze: Fisherton Street, Westminster, London, Westminster City Council and Linkcity


Best Interior Design – sponsored by Signtouch Interactive Technologies

Gold: The Penthouse, One Park Drive, Canary Wharf, London, Canary Wharf Group

Silver: Mitchell Grand, Thorn View, Bearsden, Glasgow, Robertson Homes

Bronze: Sunningdale Park, Ascot, Berkshire, Audley Villages


Best Exterior Design – sponsored by myenergi

Gold: Rubicon, Eddington, Cambridge, The Hill Group

Silver: Ten Degrees, Croydon, London, Greystar

Bronze: ‘The Lambourne’, Sanderling Reach, West Mersea, Essex, City & Country


Best Public Realm – sponsored by What House?

Gold: Woodford Garden Village, Woodford, Cheshire, Redrow

Silver: St Osyth Priory, St Osyth, Essex, City & Country

Bronze: Grand Union, Alperton, London, St George

Bronze: Hayfield Wood, Broad Blunsdon, Wiltshire, Hayfield


You can read the Judges Report in full here.


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