Places for People honoured at WhatHouse? 2021 awards

Places for People has been honoured with four awards at the UK’s prestigious WhatHouse? awards, known as the Oscars of the new homes industry, which celebrates the country’s best new homes and neighbourhoods. In its 41st year, the awards shone a light on customer-focused housebuilders in a ceremony hosted by Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy and presenter Clare Balding.

Places for People’s approach to design was applauded by the judges, with the Wood End house type at Tornagrain beating off stiff competition from across the UK to take the Bronze award in the coveted “Best House” category.

The Wood End at Torngrain is located in the Highlands’ newest town just eight miles east of Inverness, a partnership with landowner Moray Estates. Wood End is a three-bedroom house set within this unique landscape, where the architect Ben Pentreath has drawn inspiration from traditions of the Highlands and the rest of Scotland. The properties have been carefully planned to provide modern country living with high quality finishes. The environmental impact has also been considered, with the house well insulated and roof spaces pre-wired for connection to future solar panels

Places for People also secured awards for East Wick & Sweetwater at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which secured Silver in the Best Partnership award with Balfour Beaty. Brio Retirement Living’s Button House in Hackbridge also scooped Bronze for Best Retirement Development and the group was award Silver for Best House for their Millwood Designer home The Beddington house type in Kent.

Commenting on the results, Places for People’s Group Executive Director Scott Black, said: “This is a tremendous achievement for the Group, especially amid the unprecedented challenges the industry has faced in 2020/2021.

“As a leading placemaker, we continue to deliver a range of quality affordable homes across the UK and we are delighted to be recognised for the design of our homes, partnership and delivery of retirement living alongside the calibre of entrants in these highly regarded awards.

“As a team, we are proud to play our part in delivering these communities, developments and homes. This is well-deserved recognition of the talents of everyone involved, who share our vision for building places where people will want to live.”

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