The spectacular Your Move Property Awards may be over for another year, but as 2015’s winners continue to make the most of their success, we take a closer look at the homes which achieved the judges’ seal of approval. Here, we explore the celebrated Best New Home, Best Affordable Home and Best Show Home properties and why, out of yet another high standard of entries, they won the votes of our expert panel.
Elaine Cunningham, owner of Elaine Cunningham Interiors; Alastair Shepherd, director of architect practice Falconer Chester Hall; Lesley Martin-Wright, chief executive of Knowsley Chamber; and Eric Wright founding partner of Hitchcock Wright & Partners made up the esteemed panel of judges for the 12th annual prestigious awards.
Best Affordable Home
Lacey Street by Denovo Design and Halton Housing Trust
A selection of 12 two and three-bedroom homes in Widnes, this affordable housing project impressed judges with its innovative use of space and landscaping as well as its architecture.
The panel of experts deciding on this year’s Best Affordable Home winner were said to have been “impressed with clever design and money being spent where it matters”.
With sustainability a key focus along with consideration for the environment, Lacey Street homes incorporate features including sun tunnels which mimic the chimney stacks of surrounding properties and, in turn, are among the additions helping to conserve energy within the buildings. Meanwhile swift bricks have been built into the gable ends of the houses to provide nesting sites for birds, and ‘instant greening’ of the homes’ front gardens also boosts the appearance of the close for residents while providing a natural habitat for birds and insects.
Best New Home
The Stamford at Queen Mary Place by Countryside
The feeling of light, air and space was said to be evident across the properties shortlisted for the Best New Home award, and it’s no wonder Countryside’s winning entry was seen as a shining example.
The panel was looking for a deserving home which demonstrated value for money, innovation in design and a strong use of materials and space planning. The Stamford at Queen Mary Place fitted the criteria with its open-plan kitchen, living and dining area; as well as a use of skylights upstairs and downstairs to make the home’s well-sized areas feel even more spacious.
On choosing the recipient of the coveted award, judges highlighted the developer’s ability to “cleverly use the full volume of the house” and create something “a little unique in volume housebuilding”.
Best Show Home
The Highgrove by Redrow
Presentation, attention to detail and a clear consideration for the clientele within the design of The Highgrove helped to secure this year’s Best Show Home accolade for Redrow.
The winning display property at its Calderstones Grange scheme in South Liverpool was hailed for its “outstanding” interior design quality within the five-bedroom home, which aims to combine traditional with modern.
Finished to a high standard, the show home, according to judges, is certain to have assisted the housebuilder in its marketing of the development.