Redrow Homes was described as "the best of the big guns in a very competitive field" at the 2011 What House? Awards, beating Berkeley Group and Linden Homes into second and third place respectively.
Gold - Redrow Homes
Redrow Homes, praised for its New Heritage Collection design launch, was named ‘Best Large Housebuilder' at the 2011 What House? Awards.
"New Heritage, largely detached two-storey family homes, takes its architectural lead from the Arts & Crafts movement, with projecting plinths, dropped eaves, larch lap boarding and bay windows," said What House? judges.
They added: "The properties are burnished with high specification interiors and kerb appeal. Not only has the range sold, it has repositioned the Redrow brand, cementing its middle market profile, without neglecting the affordable housing sector."
The What House? judges also praised the company's founder and chairman Steve Morgan for his efforts to remind politicians and conservationists that housebuilding is a key driver of economic growth; while highlighting Redrow's wide range of achievements across the year. The company builds over 2,600 new homes annually in England and Wales.
Kim Peters, sales and marketing director for Redrow Homes, commented: "Last year we came away with silver; to go one further and win the gold award is amazing and is testament to the hard work of Redrow employees across England and Wales. Our current advertising campaign highlights the pride we invest in creating high quality homes which our customers can enjoy living in. To have this recognised independently is very rewarding."
Silver - Berkeley Group
Berkeley Group's commitment to continuous improvement and high quality range of new homes was recognised by the ‘Oscars' of the housebuilding industry, with the company winning an astonishing 12 What House? awards, including silver for 'Best Large Housebuilder of the Year', one of the new homes industry's premier prizes.
Judges focussed on the quality and design of the homes built, with all aspects of the housebuilder's performance being assessed, from site presentation to the standard of after-sales service and overall customer care.
Having earned themselves a first-class reputation for building top quality new homes across London and the Home Counties constructing lavish houses to top quality apartments, they aspire to cater to all buyer needs," said WhatHouse.co.uk's editorial director Rupert Bates.
Bronze - Linden Homes
Over the past ten years Linden Homes has placed itself amongst the best in the industry and this was acknowledged by the company's success at last year's awards.
The company was commended by What House? judges for the highest standards in design and construction maintaining their commitment to building the very best new homes and delivering excellent customer service.
Graylingwell Park in Chichester for instance is the UK's largest carbon neutral development, with plans for 750 homes and a range of energy-efficient systems and services, including a communal heating and power plant as part of an on site energy centre.
"The evolution and performance of this scheme will be fascinating," said What House? judges. "Linden regenerates as well as it innovates, with projects such as Evolve in Devonport and some delightful architecture in sympathy with local surroundings across its diverse portfolio."
"We are absolutely delighted to have won," said Peter Youll of Linden Homes. "I truly believe these are testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved."
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