East Anglia's largest independent housebuilders, Hopkins Homes, walked away from the prestigious Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2015 as Development of the Year winners.
The housbuilders were shortlisted in the Development of the Year category for a scheme of over 100 houses/apartments built in the last twelve months and fought of stiff competition to win the coveted prize. The award was presented to Hopkins Homes for their development at Aylsham known as St Michael's Place & Bure Place.
St. Michael’s Place and Bure Place are two distinct areas of one exceptional development set amongst private grounds located on the outskirts of the thriving Norfolk market town of Aylsham that combines the bygone opulence of Bure Place, a sympathetic renovation of a Victorian listed building, with the elegant new style of St Michael's Place.
St Michael’s Place is a prime example of commitment to excellent design and inspired architecture; combining traditional craftsmanship, modern materials and attention to detail - which is evident throughout this development of new build homes featuring distinctive elevations, varying rooflines, decorative brickwork and ornate render.
The detail at Bure Place is quite exceptional; a beautiful restoration of an architecturally stunning building designed by William John Donthorn, one of the founding fathers of the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects.
Bure Place boasts an abundance of original features dating from the mid 1800’s; castellated parapets, ogee plain-tiled domes, stone mullion and transom windows; all sympathetically restored to blend unobtrusively with modern luxurious kitchens, sumptuous bathrooms and spacious living accommodation. It can truly be described as a perfect balance of bygone grandeur with all the convenience, comfort and energy efficiency to satisfy the most discerning buyer.
This exceptional fusion of historic and modern architecture provides a range of property sizes to meet the needs of a wide range of buyers offering 2 bedroom apartments, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom houses and 2 bedroom bungalows and coach-houses. Hopkins Homes had to demonstrate a positive aesthetic architectural comtribution within its immediate environment and was judged on external and internal design, layout, landscaping and the provision of services and communal amenities.
James Hopkins, executive chairman of Hopkins Homes, said: "We are delighted to have won the Development of the Year Award at the prestigious Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2015. As an independent house builder based in the East of England it is a simply fantastic achievement for our work to be recognised on a national platform.
"I would particularly thank all of our staff and suppliers who help us to consistently deliver much needed high quality homes throughout the East of England and have made winning this award possible."
Hopkins Homes is the largest independent housebuilder in East Anglia, providing much-needed new homes, and is one of the largest providers of affordable housing in the region. Hopkins Homes also creates and supports many hundreds of jobs locally and regionally, both directly and indirectly through the design and construction of homes as well as materials supply chains and the use of local companies to provide external services ranging from carpenters and scaffolders to interior designers.