This award will be given to small developments that have used the best design and quality to create desirable, affordable and inspiring environments in which people wish to set up their first home. The award is for schemes of fewer than 35 homes.

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Foundry Mews is a collection of 12 contemporary properties in Walthamstow E17, offering first time buyers an ideal opportunity to get on to the property ladder. Featuring a range of town houses, apartments and maisonettes, a variety of buyers are catered for. All properties are available for shared ownership sale, providing much-needed home ownership within the surrounding area. These high-specification properties offer residents the benefits of a desirable location, reaching central London in half an hour. Residents will enjoy a thoughtfully designed development, which holds community at its heart. Meticulously designed to maximise space and light in each property, every design aspect has been created to compliment the heritage of Wood Street, taking inspiration from the many listed buildings which surround it, ensuring that it fits seamlessly into the local landscape.


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 Gross Development Value (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 first time buyers. The first site to be completed is Magna West in West Byfleet, just a 40-minute commute from central London, comprising 22 one-bedroom units and five duplexes, all of which are built with opulence in mind. 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. Lead-in prices for Magna West homes start at £205,000, with Help to Buy options. Magna by name. Magna by nature.



The Elms at Gladstone Village NW2 is enabling first time buyers to afford a highly desirable home in a glorious parkland setting – but with everything the capital has to offer in easy reach. Part of a small, gated, mixed-tenure development, right on the edge of picturesque Gladstone Park in northwest London, The Elms offers eight stylish shared ownership apartments. Competitively priced, they’re affordable for many who would struggle to buy any property in this area, let alone a high-spec, low-maintenance newbuild in such a covetable location. Gladstone Village has sensitively transformed what were unsightly offices into an attractive community, with striking architecture, thoughtful landscaping and a village feel. Despite being a tranquil enclave, it’s just a short walk to local shops, bars and restaurants, and less than 30 minutes on public transport into central London. It’s unsurprising then, that The Elms’ shared ownership apartments attracted more than 500 applicants.



Giving aspiring urbanites a taste of city life, Origin Housing’s Saffron House is a collection of eight two bedroom and two three bedroom shared ownership apartments, situated on Baker Street in Enfield EN1. In a climate where property prices continue to rise, properties at Saffron House start from just £104,650 for a 25% share. Offering a truly affordable solution for first time buyers looking to get on to the property ladder, remarkably, projected monthly costs are up to £300 per month less than the average for a two bedroom home in Enfield. Simon Scott, Head of Sales and Marketing for Origin Housing, comments: “Traditionally, a high proportion of homes available for shared ownership offer just one bedroom. However, at Saffron House, we are delighted to deliver a scheme of two and three bedroom apartments. For growing families and first time buyers alike, these high- quality homes offer that extra space, making them truly liveable.”


SITE SALES | THE HAWTHORNS - best small 2017

The Hawthorns is a charming development of three new homes, comprising of one four bedroom detached house and two three bedroom semi-detached houses. Surrounded by the Hertfordshire countryside, these homes are ideally situated in Lydia Mews cul-de-sac in the quaint village of Welham Green. Located just a five- minute walk to the High Street and a 10-minute walk to Welham Green Station, these homes conveniently link commuters to arterial stations such as London Fenchurch Street in just 40 minutes, while also being close to major roads such as the A1 and M25. This popular, family-orientated community is the midpoint between four prominent Hertfordshire towns; Welwyn Garden City, St Albans, Potters Bar and Cheshunt, providing buyers with connections to the best of this county. Luxury home comfort is what has been achieved with the specification of these homes and every room makes maximum use of light, creating an airy, spacious feel throughout.


VIRIDIAN HOUSING | AURA - best small 2017

Take a collection of carefully-designed, beautifully-finished apartments, set in the smart residential area of Balham, within easy reach of everything that Balham has to offer, and you have Aura. Aura is a new development of 15 quality one, two and three bedroom apartments for shared ownership. Each provides space, clean lines and lots of natural light, with every apartment featuring either a glazed balcony, or terrace. All apartments have been finished to an outstanding interior specification, including a contemporary fitted kitchen with integrated Smeg appliances and a contemporary-style bathroom and en suite shower room. The site, at the end of Balham High Street, was previously occupied by Viridian at their former head office and a neighbouring petrol station, but now provides residential apartments as well as a community space and a Co-op supermarket for the local community.