Design was the winner at new homes awards

The Evening Standard New Homes Awards champion excellence across the housing spectrum — from first-time buyer flats to millionaire mansions, from factory lofts to dazzling architect-designed homes for urban fashionistas. Judged by readers from a shortlist of 112 entries, this year’s winners have everything that buyers want — inventive design, wow-factor interiors, eco-friendly features, glamour and great value. David Spittles reports
Longwood Manor, Kenley Grange, Kenley, Surrey
EVENING STANDARD NEW HOME OF THE YEAR: Longwood Manor, Kenley Grange, Kenley, Surrey. By Millgate Homes
EVENING STANDARD NEW HOME OF THE YEAR
Longwood Manor, Kenley Grange, Kenley, Surrey. By Millgate Homes

One of three attractive homes set in large wooded plots within the grounds of Kenley House.

Traditional-looking on the outside, the house has classic symmetry and a true sense of arrival. A shingle driveway leads to a portico entrance with grand reception area.

Two of the bedrooms have their own terraces and the house includes a light and airy orangery, games room, a kitchen of handmade oak cupboards and granite surfaces and is “smart wired” for multi-room entertainment.

Internet whizz-kid couple Mark Pearson and Aaron Harpin bought Longwood Manor for £3.5 million.

Wolverton Park, Old Wolverton Road, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
BEST NEW LARGE DEVELOPMENT: Wolverton Park, Old Wolverton Road, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. By Places for People
“We were smitten the moment the gates opened,” says Mark, 30. “It was the show house, and we bought it fully-furnished. We feel right out in the countryside yet it is only 14 miles from central London. There’s no noise — and it’s perfect for parties.”

BEST NEW LARGE DEVELOPMENT
Wolverton Park, Old Wolverton Road, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. By Places for People

Wolverton was the world’s first railway town — a staging post for steam trains going north from London. Royal trains were serviced there until the 1970s, after which the train sheds fell into decline. The site is now a 10.5-acre estate with 300 homes, small business premises and a velodrome park. From £168,000. Shared ownership from £76,500. Call 01908 319748.

Alfred Court, 53 Fortune Green Road, West Hampstead, NW6. By Sager Group
A bold low-rise apartment building with curved elevations and an undulating roof. Sitting between a main road and tranquil Hampstead Cemetery, it is a one-off. Prices from £371,000. Call 020 8209 9399.


Bermondsey Spa, Thurland Road, SE16
BEST REGENERATION PROJECT: Bermondsey Spa, Thurland Road, SE16. By The Hyde Group
BEST REGENERATION PROJECT
Bermondsey Spa, Thurland Road, SE16. by The Hyde Group

Ongoing transformation of a neglected 50-acre zone in the old docks area of Bermondsey. Ugly tenements have been bulldozed and a 1950s street pattern introduced, with the emphasis on good public space.

Several eye-catching new apartment blocks are complete and flats are available to rent, buy or part-buy. Eventually there will be more than 2,000 homes plus shops, community health centres, parks and play facilities.

Prices from £192,500. Call 020 7231 1200.


Apartment C55, Bridges Wharf, Battersea, SW11
BEST NEW APARTMENT: Apartment C55, Bridges Wharf, Battersea, SW11. By Weston Homes
BEST NEW APARTMENT
Apartment C55, Bridges Wharf, Battersea, SW11. By Weston Homes

A “Presidential Residence” on the Wandsworth waterfront. At £2.5 million, you would expect something special, and you get glamour, fabulous views, a vast curved reception room surrounded by glass walls and a wrap-around terrace for cocktail parties as well as an internal glass winter garden. This is the perfect pad for globetrotting businessmen. Call 0845 638 5005.

The Penthouse, Wellington Court, NW8. Dekra Developments
Built on the roof of an Art Deco mansion block in St John’s Wood, the 2,189 sq ft Penthouse has walnut and marble finishes. It cost £4 million.

Kenley House, Kenley, Surrey
BEST NEW LUXURY HOME: Kenley House, Kenley, Surrey. By Millgate Homes
BEST NEW LUXURY HOME
Kenley House, Kenley, Surrey. By Millgate Homes

This restored Regency mansion is the centrepiece of a country estate bordering 138-acre Kenley Common, in the Surrey commuter belt.

When bought in 2007 it was a sad shell. Refurbishment has resulted in a magnificent 7,000sq ft cream-stucco facade residence looming over a sweeping driveway.

A two-bedroom lodge is hidden in the walled garden, which boasts a 1,000-year-old oak tree. A double-height entrance hall incorporates a dining area and connects to a “super-room” — a combined kitchen, family space and orangery. The other “wing” is a formal drawing room.

A staircase from the kitchen leads to an underground gym. On the two upper floors are six bedroom suites. The property was bought for £4.25 million.

Hampstead Mews, The Grange, Brasted, Kent
BEST NEW FAMILY HOME UP TO THREE BEDROOMS: Hampstead Mews, The Grange, Brasted, Kent. By Millwood Designer Homes
BEST NEW FAMILY HOME UP TO THREE BEDROOMS
Hampstead Mews, The Grange, Brasted, Kent. By Millwood Designer Homes

Millwood uses reclaimed materials to build authentic-looking variations of Tudor manor houses and farmhouses in the Kent and Sussex countryside. This winner has the look of a cosy Cape Cod cottage with its white picket fence, priced at £525,000.

Best designs with buyers in mind



BEST NEW STARTER HOME
Old Saint Michaels, Braintree, Essex. By City & Country Group

A delightful period property at an affordable price. Homes carved from this listed former Victorian workhouse start at £118,500. The developer specialises in heritage conversions — hospitals, mills, barns, warehouses — and creates “country cool” interiors combining architectural features and contemporary styling. One of the properties at this scheme forms part of the Victorian laundry and comes with original “drying beams”. Living areas have been designed within the roofs so have interesting angles and spaces. Call 01376 335800.

Old Saint Michaels, Braintree, Essex
BEST NEW STARTER HOME: Old Saint Michaels, Braintree, Essex. By City & Country Group
BEST NEW FAMILY HOME, UP TO FIVE OR MORE BEDROOMS
Quiet Corner, Shady Hanger, Godalming, Surrey. By Lusso Homes

“An incredibly high-spec home for the modest price tag of £795,000,” enthused our judges.

This modern townhouse has 2,300 sq ft of open-plan space, and brings the penthouse look to the commuter belt — lots of glass, chic interior design, including Philippe Starck bathrooms, gizmos and intelligent space planning.

Bi-folding glass doors open onto a paved courtyard and decked terrace, plus there is useful outside storage space.

BEST NEW RETIREMENT DEVELOPMENT
St George’s Park, Ditchling Common, East Sussex. By Augustinian Care

A new “community” of 235 homes nestling in the South Downs and catering for the over 60s. Run by an order of nuns, the 250-acre site has been a religious retreat since the 1840s and still has a Victorian chapel. From £340,000. Call 01444 259732.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: BEST NEW APARTMENT
High Point Village, Station Road, Hayes, Middlesex. By Ballymore Group

A new residential and neighbourhood hub running beside the Grand Union Canal in Hayes, an up-and-coming Crossrail location. Well-designed apartments have winter gardens and “dual aspect” rooms. For affordable rent only.

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