2008 Housebuilding Innovation Awards

The Housebuilding Innovation Awards are the industry’s own awards - created by the industry, for the industry.

Redrow and Explore take top accolade at 2008 Housebuilding Innovation Awards

Redrow and Explore Living scooped the prestigious housebuilding Innovator of the Year accolades at the 2008 Housebuilding Innovation Awards at the Millennium Mayfair Hotel on October 23.  Hosted by Today programme presenter John Humphrys and attended by 350 housebuilding industry guests, the Awards recognised excellence in innovation in the industry.

Devised by Housebuilder magazine and the Home Builders Federation, and run in partnership with NHBC, the Housebuilding Innovation Awards aim to recognise companies which are demonstrating a commitment to innovation in the housebuilding industry. They are supported by the government, which views them as an aid to raising standards.

Redrow was applauded for its regeneration work, community involvement programme, its marketing campaign and training initiatives. Explore Living was praised for its innovative use of technology for its marketing of Quest Place, Essex.

The Housebuilder Special Award went to English Partnerships for its outstanding regeneration work and packages aimed at first time buyers and key workers. Several entries had adopted EP’s first time buyers model and the award also acknowledged this.


Best sustainability initiative

Berkeley Group – The Berkeley Group - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Cartwright Pickard Architects – Primrose Hill, Huddersfield

Hanson Formpave – Permeablepaving integrated with GSHP – Saves energy and recycles water

Rosemullion Homes – Sustainability initiative

ZEDfactory – RuralZED

Winner: Cartwright Pickard Architects – Primrose Hill, Huddersfield

Housing product of the year

Cavity Trays - Type GBFICS

Classic Marble (Showers) - Classi Seal

Masterblock - Enviroblock – Sustainability Built In - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Solarcentury - The Complete Solar Roof

Thermaflor – Eco-Slab a sustainable flooring system

Winner: Classic Marble (Showers) – Classi Seal

Best customer satisfaction initiative

Gentoo Group – Adding value

GT Homes – Best customer satisfaction initiative - HIGHLY COMMENDED

McCarthy & Stone – Moving experience

Pennyfarthing Homes – Customer ready certificate

Winner: Pennyfarthing Homes – Customer ready certificate

Best training/staff initiative

Barratt Developments – Graduate development programme

Barratt Homes Bristol Division – Barratt Bristol & Plymouth University

Kier Residential – Kier Residential Production Management Academy

Places for People – Hats off to housing degree success

Redrow – Assistant site manager development programme

Redrow – Urban Design Training & Awareness

Winner: Places for People – Hats off to housing degree success

Best regeneration partnership between a developer and the public sector

Barratt Developments – Mandale Park, Thornby-on-Tees

Bellway – Meden Valley Bellway Partnership

Bovis Homes – Pleck Regeneration

First Base – Adelaide Wharf

George Wimpey/Cruden Homes – R3, Raploch, Stirling

Places for People – Changing the face of London’s schools

Redrow Homes (South West) – Vision@Devonport

Winner: Redrow Homes (South West) – Vision@Devonport

The community award

Lovell Partnerships – Lovell Learning Programme

McCarthy & Stone Assisted Living – Compass Hill, Taunton

Miller Homes – Miller Respect

Redrow Homes (South West) – Vision@Devonport

Winner: Redrow Homes (South West) – Vision@Devonport

Best marketing innovation

Barratt Kent – New South Quarter

Explore Living – Quest Place

Miller Homes – Revised Customer Journey

Redrow – Re:Assure

Urban Splash – Saxton Leeds

Winner: Explore Living – Quest Place

Best innovation in technology

Autodesk – Buzzsaw

Baxi – Baxi Ecogen Micro-chip

Mar City Developments - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Rocksure Systems/Taylor Wimpey – Taylor Wimpey protects staff with Peoplesafe

ZEDfactory – RuralZED

Winner: Rocksure Systems/Taylor Wimpey – Taylor Wimpey protects staff with Peoplesafe

Best initiative to aid first time buyers/key workers

Acorn – Woodlands Village, Wakefield

Bovis Homes – Jumpstart

English Partnerships in association with First Base, Gentoo & Urban Splash

Places for People – OWNHOME helping you buy a home

Liverpool Habitat for Humanity – Kingsley Road, Granby-Toxteth

Winner: Liverpool Habitat for Humanity – Kingsley Road, Granby-Toxteth

Best innovation in design

Barratt Developments – The Barratt Green House

Cartwright Pickard Architects – Bourbon Lane, London

Miller Homes – Miller Zero

Paul Newman New Homes – Ashland Vale, Milton Keynes


Winner: Barratt Developments – The Barratt Green House

Innovators of the Year

Large Sized


Redrow - WINNER


Small to medium sized

Explore Living - WINNER

Rosemullion Homes

Pennyfarthing Homes

Mar City Developments

Special recognition award

English Partnerships

Supported by the Government

"Many housebuilders are already taking up our challenge to deliver affordable, quality homes in sustainable and inclusive communities, but we want to raise standards across the board.  We support the Housebuilding Innovation Awards as a celebration of the achievements of the very best and the inspiration to the rest to aim higher."

Baroness Kay Andrews, Sustainable Development Minister, CLG

"The Housebuilding Innovation Awards are a highlight of every housebuilder’s calendar and the ceremony was truly a glittering occasion. We have been working on Oxley Woods for over two years now and we are delighted to have been honoured with two awards, which pay tribute to our commitment to excellence at the forefront of design and innovation."

Peter Gurr, Managing Director of George Wimpey South Midlands



  • Best Sustainability Initiative
  • Housing Product of the Year
  • Best Customer Satisfaction Initiative
  • Best Training/Staff Initiative
  • Best Regeneration Partnership between a Developer and the Public Sector
  • The Community Award
  • Best Marketing Innovation
  • Best Innovation in Technology
  • Best Initiative to Aid First Time Buyers/Key Workers
  • Best Innovation in Design
  • Housebuilding Innovator of the Year – small to medium size housebuilders
  • Housebuilding Innovator of the Year – large size housebuilders

For more details call Helen Board on 020 7960 1634 or email helen.board@hbmedia.co.uk