City & Country has a reputation for creating outstanding homes. By the very nature of the restoration projects we embrace, each presents its own challenges and this has been recognised by a wide spectrum of independent experts.
Our success has only been acheived through genuine collaboration and working in partnership with local authorities, English Heritage, Natural England, landowners, our development partners and other key stakeholders.
Over the years we have been able to form strong mutually respectful relationships which have allowed us to find innovative, viable and award-winning solutions for nationally important heritage assets and complex and challenging sites.
Here is a selection of testimonials from a variety of organisations that we work alongside:
“Macquarie selected City & Country as its joint venture partner based on their track record and expertise in repositioning listed buildings. In the 3 yrs since formation of this relationship C&C have successfully achieved a viable planning outcome for the King Edward VII Hospital project in West Sussex which has reinforced Macquarie's view of C&C's expertise in handling this very specialised form of project.”
Grant Monroe, Head of Macquarie Property Finance, Macquarie Bank Limited
“We have worked with City & Country on the important heritage project at Bentley Priory and have been impressed by their knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm"
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive, The Prince's Regeneration Trust
“As a business advisor to City & Country, it is a pleasure to work with an organisation that has talented people who are passionate about their business, award winning, entrepreneurial in spirit and successful.
For many years now, I have seen City & Country grow and develop as a group. I am confident that they are capable of achieving their future plans and their professionalism will help them to respond to the ever changing economic environment. I look forward with confidence to the years ahead.”
Larry Phillips, Managing Partner, Goodman Jones LLP Chartered Accountants
"The key I think to finding a successful use for historic buildings is to combine pragmatism with imagination, and to support that process with expertise and sensitivity. The success which City & Country has brought to some very difficult buildings shows that their approach is not, like other developers to push for a one-size-fits-all solution, but to tailor their work in a way which retains all the character of those buildings while respecting the built heritage."
Dr Lee Proseer, Curator (Historic Buildings), Kensington Palace and Kew Palace
"City & Country has a thoroughly well-deserved reputation as an outstanding residential developer, particularly of challenging sites with heritage assets. This has been achieved through its accomplished, highly professional and experienced team who are a pleasure to work with. Their dedication is second to none."
Peter Village QC
“City & Country demonstrate exceptional care when restoring and breathing new vitality into their historic building projects. Their approach is exemplary.”
Professor Robert Tavernor, BA, Dip Arch, PhD, RIBA, Professor Robert Tavernor Consultancy
“Grant Associates enjoy collaborating with City & Country and working closely to bring life back to the landscape and spaces of these important historic buildings. We have shared City & Country’s unique energy, depth of knowledge and commitment, to help transform neglected spaces to landscapes which are rich and diverse for both people and nature.”
Keith French, Director, Grant Associates
“For the Trust, it has taken five long years to reach this point but we are now delighted to be working alongside City & Country to make our vision a reality. Bentley Priory is an iconic building in three respects: it is an architectural masterpiece; a symbol of the Nation’s social history; and, it was Dowding’s headquarters during the Battle of Britain. While victory at Trafalgar saved England, victory in the Battle of Britain saved the world. City & Country has an enviable track record in sensitive heritage restoration. In partnership together, we can do real justice to Bentley Priory’s rich history for the benefit of future generations.”
Air Chief Marshall Sir Brian Burridge, Chairman of the Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Trust
“Across the country, thousands of old buildings lie forgotten and neglected, tangled up by red tape and development restrictions. Many of these properties are steeped in history and are of outstanding architectural interest, yet are slowly being forgotten about. When I came across City & Country I was overjoyed to find a private developer taking on such complex and worthwhile work.”
“The plight of Britain's architectural heritage is a cause that is close to my heart and it is great to see a company like City & Country so engaged with this too. The restoration projects, which City & Country undertakes, are vital in saving these buildings, and making them fit for a modern purpose. Together, I hope that we can make more people aware of the fantastic architectural legacy we have just sitting there redundant, being lost.”
George Clarke, TVs Restoration Man
“This was a major, high profile instruction, regarding this key city centre development opportunity and we are thrilled to have agreed terms on the sale of the property to a developer with an outstanding reputation as ‘best in class’ for sensitive restoration and regeneration.
“Bristol General Hospital represents one of the largest redevelopment sites in the city and we see it as a potential catalyst to stimulate the wider regeneration of western Redcliffe. It has the potential to accommodate a wide variety of sustainable uses and thus, breathe a new life into the local area."
Andrew Scott, Senior Surveyor within Bristol Agency & Development, BNP Paribas Real Estate
"Unlike many other developers in this filed City & Country's response to listed buildings is refreshingly sympathetic. They see the building as a creative challenge rather than an obstacle, they listen pro-actively to what we as conservation architects have to say and are flexible in their approach to projects."
Chris Betts, Partner, Purcell Miller Tritton
"We have enjoyed working alongside City & Country on the King Edward VII Hospital project. Their appreciation of craftsmanship and attention to detail in the preservation and restoration of historical buildings illustrates the passion and pride they take in their work and makes them an excellent developer and contractor to partner with."
Michael Squire, Senior Partner, Squire and Partners
“It was an incredible honour to be invited to the grand opening of Balls Park and see the remarkable transformation of this local landmark. Having been witness to the many lives of the house, it is remarkable to see the house restored to its glory, ready to be enjoyed by residents of Hertford again. City & Country have an incredible vision, and should be exceptionally proud of what they have created at Balls Park.”
The Worshipful the Mayor of Hertford Councillor Mrs Sally Newton
“Essex has some of England’s finest buildings and these generous bursaries provided by City & Country allow even more people to learn how to use traditional methods to preserve them for future generations.”
Rebecca Carter, Historic Buildings Education Officer, Essex County Council