The 29th What House? Awards took place on Friday 19th November 2010 at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
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Weston Homes was crowned Housebuilder of the Year at the What House? Awards in association with www.whathouse.co.uk , at a glittering ceremony in London's Grosvenor House Hotel.
The Essex-based housebuilder won the industry's most coveted accolade at the Awards, which recognise the best new homes in Britain. The Awards, in their 29th year, were hosted by top comedian Jimmy Carr, in front of more than 1000 leading housebuilders and industry suppliers.
Weston Homes, developing in the Home Counties and London, was started 23 years ago from his garage by founder and chairman Bob Weston, with his first property a four-bedroom house in Essex. Weston Homes also won gold for Best Medium Housebuilder and awards in the Best Starter Home and Best Brownfield Development categories.
The What House? Awards judges said: "Weston Homes builds and designs very well; it shows boldness and initiative, it focuses on its customers and its staff. But this award goes beyond just product and performance and looks at leadership from the top downwards and a commitment to promoting the industry and standing up for new home and better ways to get things done." Weston was described as: "salt of the earth with a sprinkling of stardust."
The Berkeley Group won gold in the Best Large Housebuilder category and was also judged Sustainable Developer of the Year. Best Small Housebuilder gold went to Kent-based Millwood Designer Homes.
Miller Homes won two golds for Best Sustainable Development and Best Partnership Scheme, while Gladedale Capital also won a brace of golds in the Best Exterior Design and Best Mixed Use Development categories for Quartermile in Edinburgh.
Other gold winners were Dandara (Starter Home), Urban Evolution (House), Urban Splash (Apartment Scheme), Oakmayne Bespoke (Luxury House), City & Country Group (Renovation), Manor Kingdom (Development), Richmond Villages (Retirement Development), Places for People (Brownfield Development), Octagon (Interior Design), Barratt (Landscape Design), Thames Valley Housing (Large Housing Association) and Knightstone Housing Association (Shared Ownership Development).
"Judges said some of this year's winners were the best new homes they had ever seen. Lazy critics love to lump new homes into a big amorphous mass of mediocrity. The variety of product and design, depth of innovation and breadth of initiatives among the 2010 What House? Award winners explodes every myth about the anonymity and soullessness of new homes," said Rupert Bates, editorial director of www.whathouse.co.uk.
"It has been a year where housebuilders have been at the forefront of political, social and environmental debate and the industry will be a critical driver of economic recovery. Give them the planning keys and let them build," said Bates.
"We would like to thank all the housebuilders, suppliers and other industry colleagues who have once again supported this great event - the day the new homes flag flies highest."