We have scooped a total of six wins in this year’s WhatHouse? Awards, achieving more awards than any other housebuilder. These coveted prizes, which are in their 40th year, are well-known in the industry as some of the most impressive accolades.
Group Chief Executive, David Cowans, said: “The WhatHouse? Awards have been a symbol of prestige and excellence for the last 40 years. Attracting competition from across the country, these awards recognise developers nationwide so we are honoured to have been so highly regarded for our work. I would like to thank each and every member of the team at Places for People, without them we would not be the company we are today.”
Investment in customer service
Our most notable victory was achieving the silver award for Best Large Housebuilder. Impressing the judges with our commitment to building energy-efficient homes and the launch of our Innovation Lab – a unique initiative enabling us to identify pioneering technologies that will enhance the way we build homes. We also stood out for our investment in customer service and how we have streamlined the home buying process for our customers.
Winning silver for Best Regeneration Scheme at Port Loop in Birmingham, WhatHouse? particularly liked the exciting new community which is taking shape on a formerly redundant urban island, encircled by Birmingham Canal’s Old Main and New Main Line. This community is a joint-venture with Urban Splash, alongside Birmingham City Council and Canal and River Trust, together we are regenerating the 43-acre waterside scheme and creating new homes, workspaces, parks and community facilities. The judges were also impressed by a manifesto, created by the joint-venture, on how Port Loop seeks to act as a blueprint for future development, challenging the existing standards surrounding how people live.
Attention to detail
Tornagrain near Inverness, scooped a silver and bronze award, getting noticed for Best Exterior and Best House respectively. This boutique housing development, comprising of 66 homes, is proving to be in demand in this area. Judges were struck by the careful attention to traditional detailing which gives these homes a sense of timeless quality. Noted also for modern country living with high-quality finishes, items such as stylish Belfast sinks and the wood-burning stoves made this development stand out from the crowd.
Also in Scotland, we achieved a bronze award for our Waterfront Avenue Townhouses at 55 Degrees North in Edinburgh. This community of 101 modern homes has been created with a local architect and provides attractive housing around a central square. The properties were noted for their clever use of light and the design, creating homes that are flooded with daylight and have the added bonus of additional space throughout.
In Milton Keynes, Brooklands Square was awarded bronze for Best Public Realm. Brooklands Square sits at the heart of this development and has been designed to stand the test of time. Providing a bustling, mixed-use centre which features new homes, complemented by an extensive array of facilities for the residents and local community.