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.

Entries for next year’s Awards will be invited in Spring 2009.

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