This brand-new award category for 2017 is for the best development of any size in the South of England (for the purposes of this category – below Birmingham). A highly competitive market place where the construction of new homes is increasing, this award recognises an exceptional range of new homes that stands out from the crowd whilst remaining accessible to first time buyers.


HENLEY HOMES | REMBRANDT HOUSE - redevelopment 2017

Rembrandt House in Watford is a unique, historic property of a quality rarely available to ftbs. It has been created from a landmark listed building, with a beautiful Edwardian façade, on a 3.4-acre site. Henley have transformed the high-ceilinged and light-flooded interior into 43 one, two and three bedroom apartments, some with mezzanine levels, while restoring the 120m-long neo-classical exterior. Careful thought was given to maximising space and making a feature of the huge windows, whilst retaining energy efficiency. Ample parking and transport links allow easy connections. Thirty apartments were for private sale averaging £477 per sqft (with only a handful remaining) and 13 are available via Origin Housing Association.


Magna West

Founded in 2015 by Chris Madelin and Oliver Mason, Magna Group, the homebuilder, was set up to deliver affordable luxury homes for all. Such a vision has already started to take shape, with exponential growth over the last two years and a current GDV of £130 million. Magna Group is currently building nine luxury developments in Surrey and Hampshire, all of which offer perfect first home purchases for ftbs. Magna West in West Byfleet, 40-minutes from central London, comprises 22 one bedroom units and five duplexes. Fixtures and fittings include NEFF and Miele appliances, high-spec sound and lighting systems, marble bathrooms, oversized shower units and Axor Hans Grohe taps and showers. Magna West homes start at £205,000, with Help to Buy options.



The Featherstone is a £32 million urban development in central London, comprising 65 properties, including 46% affordable homes for ftbs, which exceeds normal planning requirements. Southern Housing Group, one of the largest housing associations in southeast England, have commissioned and will be managing the unique collection of one, two, three and four bedroom apartments and duplexes, set across 20 affordable and 35 private sale homes. The Featherstone was developed without government funding, therefore the sale of the open market homes are essential to providing cross-subsidy funding for affordable homes. Southern Housing Group are confident the range of property sizes and tenure will encourage a real mix of residents.



Taylor Wimpey’s brand new Eclipse development in east London is one of the most prestigious and stylish schemes the homebuilder is undertaking in the south of England. Set in Walthamstow, this collection of one, two and three bedroom apartments offers ftbs a fantastic opportunity to step on the property ladder in a highly-desirable part of the capital. As well as being designed to a high specification, the apartments each feature open-plan kitchen/living/dining areas, leading to an elegant private balcony or terrace, and are low maintenance, energy-efficient and require no repairs, or upgrades. Walthamstow has recently undergone extensive regeneration and, with excellent transport links, Eclipse is the ideal spot for young professionals working in the capital.