City & Country has been crowned Housebuilder of the Year at the prestigious 2014 WhatHouse? Awards.
As well as winning the event’s most coveted award, the heritage specialists also claimed Gold Awards for Best Medium Housebuilder and Best Renovation for the Marquess Villas at Bentley Priory, rounding off an evening of fantastic success.
Commenting on the success of previous and existing developments, as well as the exciting projects to come in 2015, judges agreed that the developer was the outstanding builder of the year.
Helen Moore, Managing Director of City & Country, comments: “We are truly honored to be named WhatHouse? Housebuilder of the Year 2014. This is a culmination of many years of hard work, commitment and dedication and the whole City & Country team deserves a huge amount of praise for their efforts. Further Gold Awards for Best Medium Housebuilder and Best Renovation takes our tally to seven Gold awards in the last five years and reinforces our position as the leading housebuilder of 2014.”
She continued: “We remain focused on building on this success and we will continue to seek to improve our business still further over the coming years. 2015 promises to be a hugely exciting period for the company; we have recently announced four new acquisitions, and we will be launching the keenly anticipated King Edward VII Estate, West Sussex, in the New Year.”
Over the last five years City & Country has witnessed an astounding period of evolution, growing from 40 completions in 2010, to 125 for the year end 2013/14. Over the same period, turnover increased by an impressive 327% from £11.5 million to £49.6 million; key factors in the company claiming the esteemed Gold award for Best Medium Housebuilder in the first year of entry, following Silver or Gold awards for the last five years in the Best Small Housebuilder category.
Held at a glittering ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel and hosted by comedian Rob Brydon, the WhatHouse? Awards are the housebuilding industry’s most revered awards and coined “the Oscars of the Housebuilding industry”. Now in its 33rd year, the awards celebrate outstanding build, design and innovation.
What the Judges had to say:
• Housebuilder of the Year – “City & Country doesn’t just nurse historic properties back to life with tender loving care and under the beady eye of heritage beaks; it injects heavy doses of adrenalin into its patients. With some sensational projects in the pipeline, there is more history to be made and enhanced.”
• Gold: Best Medium Housebuilder – “City & Country is a specialist, taking on projects that many would run a mile from. Preserve the past and enhance the future is its mission and the business delivers time after time.”
• Gold: Best Renovation, Marquess Villas, Bentley Priory - “Although not a large scheme, what makes it special is the way the divisions have been executed, the care taken to ensure the future ‘readability’ of the building, the exemplary craftsmanship and the retention and repair of as much original fabric as possible.”
In September 2014 City & Country launched The General, an outstanding restoration of the former Grade II Listed Bristol General Hospital, which will be home to 205 one to four bedroom new and converted apartments and houses.
2015 will see City & Country launch the highly anticipated King Edward VII Estate, to date the most significant development to have gained planning permission within the South Downs National Park and regarded as an irreplaceable heritage asset of national and local significance.
New developments announced include:
• Sundridge Park Manor, Greater London – a Grade I Listed manor designed by Sir John Nash dating back to 1200, regarded as nationally significant heritage asset that has passed through the hands of English nobility.
• Bramshill House, Hampshire – a stunning Grade I Listed mansion, built in the early 17th Century, set within a Grade II Listed park.
• The Playfair Building at Donaldson’s College, Edinburgh - completed in 1850 and one of the city’s best known landmarks. The Playfair building itself forms a quadrangle around an internal courtyard and is surrounded by parkland.
• Regent House and Consort House, Bristol – two Grade II Listed buildings in south Bristol.
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