What House Awards - 26 November 2014
You have to have an innate confidence in this industry to brand yourself a heritage developer. To many people such a description is a contradiction in terms. Not in the case of City & Country.
Give the company an historic, listed building and it sees opportunity, not only to polish the heritage, but to fuse it with the brand new. It is an irresistible combination that makes this Essex-based housebuilder worthy of gold in a hugely competitive category that attracted a record number of entries.
First and foremost, 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. Creative conservation is another of the company’s mantras.
Preservation doesn’t have to mean slavish retention of the old unless the heritage police insist, but fresh thinking and brush strokes on historic canvases.
The heritage vale of a building is a bonus, not a burden. City & Country even employs historians and archaeologists to dig into the site’s past and establish its historical significance.
The business may love its history, but City & Country is a thoroughly modern, entrepreneurial housebuilder. It has been a record financial year for the company, now in its 52nd year as a family-run business.
It was also recently named in the Investec Hot 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies and ranked as one of the Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to inspire Britain. A graduate trainee programme and a raft of staff motivation initiatives reinforce the remarkable teamwork required to deliver such sensitive, complex projects.
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