Housebuilder Awards 2020

03 December, 2020


Housebuilder Awards - WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Barratt Developments has been crowned Large housebuilder of the year for the second year running at the Housebuilder Awards 2020.

The award was announced at an online ceremony held yesterday afternoon (December 3) and hosted by Housebuilder Media publishing director Ben Roskrow and Home Builders Federation executive chairman Stewart Baseley.

Barratt picked up the Best refurbishment project award for The White Building at Chapel Gate, Basingstoke, was highly commended in Sustainable housebuilder of the year and a finalist in two other categories.

Accepting the award, Barratt ceo David Thomas said: “To win this award for the second year in a row really endorses everything we are seeking to do. I would like to thank all of our team at Barratt including our subcontractors and our suppliers for everything they do to make us a better and stronger business.”

Hill was the winner of the Medium housebuilder of the year, also scooping the Best training or recruitment initiative award and there were joint winners of the Small housebuilder category – Cavanna Homes and Pye Homes, the latter also winning the Best design for three storeys or fewer award.

Berkeley won Sustainable housebuilder of the year and in announcing the award Baseley paid tribute to Berkeley founder and industry legend Tony Pidgley who died this year.

The Housebuilder Star Award was won by Taylor Wimpey for its Care Home Initiative in which more than 50 care homes were provided with PPE during the first wave of the pandemic. TW ceo Pete Redfern said: “When we found we could help out in a really meaningful way it was really special for us. The team got very involved and it became very personal.”

McCarthy & Stone, which won the Best retirement scheme award, was also given a Special Recognition Award by the judges for both innovation in its business model and for “stepping up to the plate during the pandemic to focus on protecting its customers and staff” with the effect that Covid-19 infection rates in its homes were 27% lower than the general over 65s UK population and four times lower than the over 85s.

Accepting the Award, McStone ceo John Tonkiss said: “This Award recognises the phenomenal work that everyone has done here during this exceptional and challenging year. I truly believe that Covid-19 has highlighted the critical role that the retirement sector has in keeping our older people safe and well.”

Other winners this year included Legal & General Homes which won Best customer initiative and Best community initiative; Places for People and Urban Splash which won Best regeneration initiative for Smith’s Dock in North Shields; Urban Splash again for Best marketing, a joint win with Bellway which gave away a house on “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway”. Telford won Best design for four storeys or more for The Forge in east London.

Product of the year was Manthorpe’s Redshield cavity barriers and Lee Marley Brickwork was crowned subcontractor/services provider of the year.


Best customer satisfaction initiative

  • Legal & General Homes – Building a customer- focused culture (Winner)
  • Bovis Homes – The Unwrapped Home
  • Cartwright Homes – A family business with family values (Commended)
  • Hayfield – We build homes that we would love to live in ourselves
  • Redrow Homes – Online reservation (Commended)
  • Yourkeys – Yourkeys platform

Best regeneration initiative

  • Places for People and Urban Splash – Smith’s Dock, North Shields (Winner)
  • Barratt London – Hendon Waterside
  • Curo – Mulberry Park, Bath (Commended)
  • Hill and Peabody – Motion, Lee Bridge Road, East London
  • Keepmoat Homes – Greenway Road, Speke, Liverpool
  • Mount Anvil and FABRICA by A2Dominion – Keybridge, Vauxhall
  • Urban Splash – New Islington, Manchester

Best refurbishment project

  • Barratt Homes – The White Building @ Chapel Gate, Basingstoke (Winner)
  • Esquire Developments – Manor Farm, Kent
  • Hayfield – Hayfield Green, Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire
  • Russell Armer Homes – Lesketh How, Ambleside
  • Taylor Wimpey – Beaumont Gardens, St Albans (Commended)
  • Urban Splash and Places for People – Park Hill, Sheffield

Best community initiative

  • Legal & General Homes – Social Value Charter (Winner)
  • Keepmoat Homes - Youth engagement programme and skills hub
  • McCarthy & Stone – Connecting a community (Commended)
  • Taylor Wimpey – Pennington Wharf
  • The Edenstone Group – River View Garden Village, Lydney
  • Vistry Group – Hedgehog Highways

Best marketing initiative

  • Bellway – Gives away a home on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (Winner)
  • House by Urban Splash – Virtual viewings (Winner)
  • Inspired Villages – Virtual village centre (Commended)
  • Redrow – ‘A better way to live’ placemaking videos (Commended)
  • Urbanwise & Jack Renwick Studio – Brigade Court

Best training or recruitment initiative

  • Hill – Women into Construction partnership (Winner)
  • Bovis Homes – The Unwrapped Home (Commended)
  • Keepmoat Homes – Youth engagement programme and skills hub (Commended)
  • Millbank Land Academy – Supporting SME housebuilders
  • St George – Activ8
  • Taylor Wimpey – Apprenticeships

Best retirement scheme

  • McCarthy & Stone – Chiltern Place, Amersham (Winner)
  • Inspired Villages – Gifford Lea, Tattenhall
  • Lilyford – Dundee House, Midhurst

Best design for three storeys or fewer

  • Pye Homes – Park View, Woodstock (Winner)
  • Cavanna Homes – Alfred’s Gate, Newton Poppleford
  • Cavanna Homes – Kings Orchard, Stoke Gabriel (Commended)
  • Francis Jackson Homes – Willowhurst, Priors Hall Park, Corby (Commended)
  • Miller Homes – Lambton Park, County Durham
  • Millgate Homes – The Allington, Breedon Place, Pangbourne
  • Oakwood Homes – North Moor Villas, West Lancashire
  • Rose Builders – Queens Drive, Woodbridge
  • Thakeham – The Martingales, Surrey

Best design for four storeys or more

  • Telford Homes – The Forge, Upton Park (Winner)
  • Barratt London – High Street Quarter, Hounslow
  • Berkeley – South Quay Plaza, East London
  • Hill, Peabody and Pollard Thomas Architects – Motion, Lee Bridge Road, East London (Commended)
  • Places for People and Urban Splash – Smokehouses at Smith’s Dock, North Shields (Commended)
  • Strawberry Star – Bronze, Wandsworth

Housebuilder Special Recognition Award

  • McCarthy & Stone (Winner)

The Housebuilder Star Award

  • Taylor Wimpey – Care home initiative (Winner)
  • L&Q – Production Innovation Team
  • Yourkeys – Riccardo Iannucci-Dawson

Sustainable housebuilder of the year

  • Berkeley Group (Winner)
  • Barratt Developments (Commended)
  • Keepmoat Homes
  • Pent Developments
  • Telford Homes
  • Thrive Homes (Commended)

Subcontractor/ services provider of the year

  • Lee Marley Brickwork (Winner)
  • Aptus Utilities
  • Cura Homecare
  • Eco2Solar
  • Greenstone Design
  • JLES
  • Trustmgt

Product of the year

  • Manthorpe Building Products – Redshield cavity barriers (Winner)
  • AG – Anchor vertica machine install
  • Cellecta – Mojave
  • GlobalX – BuildX
  • Scanning 4 Planning - Satscan
  • Stewart Milne Timber Systems – Sigma II build system
  • Surestop
  • Vent-Axia – Lo-carbon sentinel kinetic cooker hood
  • Wavin – Q-bic plus

Small Housebuilder of the Year

  • Cavanna Homes (Winner)
  • Pye Homes (Winner)
  • Cartwright Homes
  • Curo
  • Francis Jackson Homes
  • Hayfield Homes
  • Thrive Homes

Medium Housebuilder of the Year

  • Hill (Winner)
  • Legal and General
  • Places for People
  • Telford Homes
  • Urban Splash

Large Housebuilder of the Year

  • Barratt Developments (Winner)
  • Bellway
  • Berkeley
  • Bovis/Vistry
  • Keepmoat
  • McCarthy & Stone
  • Redrow
  • Taylor Wimpey

Housebuilder Awards 2020 Judges

Ben Roskrow, Publishing Director - Housebuilder Media

David Birkbeck, CEO - Design for Homes

Jenny Herdman, Director - Home Building Skills Partnership 

Mark Gibney, Head of London Planning Avison Young

Richard Jones, Head of Residential - Arcadis

David Bryant, Chairman - HBF Small Developers Group 

Grainne Gilmore, Head of Research - Zoopla

Iain Painting, Partner - Barton Willmore

Sarah White, Residential Market Manager - British Gypsum

Ian Bott, Associate Director - PRP

John Slaughter, Director of External Affairs - HBF

John Tebbit, MD - Robust Details 

Keira Proctor, MD - A Proctor Group

Guy Lambert, Head of Marketing and Communications - NHBC