City & Country Celebrates WhatHouse? Awards Success Again

Gold Award for Donaldson's - City & Country

City & Country has continued its long-running success at the WhatHouse? Awards, claiming a coveted Gold Award in the Best Renovation Category for Donaldson’s, as well as a Bronze Award in the same category for King Edward VII Estate.

The result caps an outstanding year for Donaldson’s, which officially launched in February 2018. Meanwhile King Edward VII Estate’s Bronze Award is its fourth WhatHouse? success in as many years.

Helen Moore, Managing Director of City & Country, said:

“We’re extremely proud of our reputation as the UK’s leading heritage developer and our success over the years at the WhatHouse? awards, particularly within the Best Renovation category, reflects this.

“Our Gold Award for Donaldson’s is a huge achievement considering the building only launched for sale at the beginning of the year. It has been a vast and challenging restoration project but thanks to our painstaking work it is now one of the finest new residential developments in Edinburgh.

King Edward VII Estate, meanwhile, has been one of our flagship developments for the past three years. Its transformation in that time is truly miraculous and it is now home to vibrant community of home owners. As always, we dedicate these successes to our fantastic team of heritage building experts who all come together to create projects of real distinction and merit.”

Held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel and hosted by Jack Whitehall, the WhatHouse? Awards are the housebuilding industry’s most revered awards and are attended by many of the UK’s major housebuilders and developers.

What the Judges had to say


“Breathing new life into any building is challenging; when it is an Edinburgh icon built in the 1840s and designed in the style of an Elizabethan palace, it is daunting. This is an outstanding project: the ‘rescue’ task alone was some feat; the finished project sets a new benchmark for best renovation.”

• King Edward VII Estate

“The work throughout is sensitive, has been done with regard for the building’s original fabric and is of a very high quality with incredible attention to detail. Notable is the care lavished on the communal areas, the thoughtful interconnection of the buildings and gardens and the feel of community.”