Countryside displayed a consistency of detailing and craftsmanship
Good, solid, well-detailed brickwork housing seemed to be the order of the day in this category, whether rustic style or with uncompromisingly modern lines. Some examples seemed to reinforce the established UK housing stereotype. But there was also cause for optimism, as some schemes presented a delicious blend of brick, timber cladding and render and while some may scream at this combination, the effect has proved both harmonious and attractive.
In the end, the judges gave the Best Volume Housebuilder Award to Countryside Properties. All its entries displayed a consistency of detailing and craftsmanship spanning a varied range of design styles that should appeal to a broader spectrum of housebuyer. Those seeking the contemporary approach will be impressed, like the judges were, by the South at Didsbury Point development in Manchester, where brick is used convincingly on a large scale with other materials.
Francis Jackson Homes
Projects Valley Road, Market Harborough; High St, Lamport; Main Street, Easenhall
Watkins Jones Homes
Projects The Wharf, Chester; Bro Caerwyn, Anglesey; Y’Parc, near Rhyl
Brick Awards 2004
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Volume Housebuilder of the Year Award