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whathouse?awards CATEGORIES


1. Housebuilder of the Year No entry is required for this category, as the award will be made exclusively from entries received in categories 2, 3 and 4. This is our top award and the most coveted prize in British housebuilding – the ultimate new homes accolade. The award goes to the company that, in the opinion of the judges, has done the most to help people buy top quality homes in the past year. While focusing on the quality and design of the houses built, all aspects of the housebuilders’ performance will be assessed in making the award, from site presentation, to the standard of after-sales service and overall customer care. This is not an award for the biggest or most conspicuous; it is an award for the best and is open to all housebuilders, large or small who enter categories 2, 3 and 4.


2. Best Large Housebuilder (1,000 units or more a year. Please state number) This award is only open to companies building at least 1,000 units a year and every aspect of their performance from design, product range, build quality, value for money, marketing, after-sales service and customer care will be assessed. Entrants in this category will automatically be considered for the Housebuilder of the Year award


3. Best Medium Housebuilder (100-999 units a year. Please state number) This award is only open to companies building between 100 and 999 units a year, with the assessment criteria for Category 2 applying. Entrants in this category will automatically be considered for the Housebuilder of the Year award


4. Best Small Housebuilder (Less than 100 units a year. Please state number) This award is only open to companies building less than 100 units a year, with the assessment criteria for Category 2 applying. This is an opportunity for brand new companies having recently completed their first developments, or established small housebuilders, concentrating on quality, not quantity. Entrants in this category will automatically be considered for the Housebuilder of the Year award


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5. Sustainable Developer of the Year With sustainability, energy efficiency and the environment at the top of the government’s agenda and dominating building regulations, this category will reward those committed to all aspects of sustainability, with an eco-ethos running through the company from top to bottom. Judges will be looking for low carbon initiatives, use of sustainable materials and energy-saving appliances – and crucially sustainability as community.


6. Housing Association of the Year This award is open to all housing associations, large and small, with judges looking at all aspects of performance from design and build, value for money, management, marketing and customer care. Judges also want to see innovative solutions to assist buyers onto the home ownership ladder or into rented accommodation, according to needs and status. Housing associations should illustrate, through a mix of tenures and equity schemes, how they are spreading the affordable and social housing options as wide and as flexibly as possible. Joint ventures with private sector housebuilders can also be included in entry submissions.


7. Best Starter Home This is all about a new home that shouts quality, but affordability, on this vital first rung of the housing ladder. With a limited amount of square feet in which to design and a price tag within the range of first- time buyers, judges will be looking at one- and two-bedroom houses, apartments and flats, offering the best value for money, without compromising on quality.


8. Best House Best House award is for middle-market houses with that something extra – the high-quality family home–astandard housetype of exceptional standard. Between the first-time buyer and the big- money executive lies a mass new homes market. What judges are looking for is a house that combines comfortable family living at a realistic price, but with the edge to lift it above its competitors. Not too big and not too small, both affordable and aspirational.


9. Best Apartment Scheme This may be a block of one-bedroom apartments at a budget price for first-time buyers; a luxury waterfront apartment scheme, or a stylish high-rise development. Judges will be looking at the internal layout, elevational treatments and architectural innovation, while considering the relative price range and the overall quality of the scheme.


10. Best Luxury House A one-off bespoke house on a single plot or a luxurious, individually designed property on a small, exclusive development. This is the category for the hedonist pleasure dome – the house that has everything. Judges are looking for a new home that is simply the best in every aspect, with no expense spared on quality and luxury, but at the same time, offering value for money, albeit in an exalted price range.


11. Best Renovation This award recognises enterprising development of dated or derelict property. Exterior and interior appearance as well as interesting adaptation of original features will be considered. Before and after images are key.


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