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While some people complain that new homes lack the character of older homes, converted properties provide the best of both worlds for buyers. Purchasing a conversion not only allows you to be part of the story of the building but it also means you are involved in the important process of bringing an unused space back to life.
After scooping two golds, a silver and a brozne at the What House? Awards 2012, Urban Splash are in celebratory mood. For those who have been following the developer it comes as no surprise that their innovative approach has been recognised - the developer has continued to take risks with cutting edge, affordable, residential property during a time when it's easier to play it safe. Even more daring, they've done it outwith the safe zone of London.
House buyers looking for new homes in Bristol, hunting for cutting-edge properties with eco-credentials, urban chic or quirky character will be spoilt for choice, as a range of housebuilders get to work on some outstanding developments across the city.
Anyone looking for new homes in Yorkshire, who dreams of a fusion of city and country, will adore Leeds. It is surrounded by Yorkshire's finest countryside, including the Dales and the Pennines. Its transport links are excellent with the M1, A1 and M62 on the doorstep and a well connected main railway station.
The shortlist of companies to develop and maintain the Olympic Village after the Games, which could potentially include 3,500 new homes, has been announced by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).
Despite various bids, no new home builders are on the shortlist. Instead three private sector investors, Delancey & Qatari Diar, Hutchinson Whampoa and Wellcome Trust, have been selected. A final decision on a winner will be made this summer.
Friendly, full of character and with some of the best-value new homes in the White Rose county, it is well worth launching a house-hunting expedition to South Yorkshire. Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster are the main hubs but they are surrounded by some stunning, historic villages all served by the M1, M18 and A1.