Countryside wins gold at the WhatHouse? Awards


Countryside was crowned winner at the WhatHouse? Awards, taking home the Best Public Realm Gold award for its Great Kneighton development, whilst Acton Gardens was awarded Bronze for Best Regeneration Scheme.

The WhatHouse? Awards honour the very best in UK homes and housebuilders. The award for Best Public Realm is given to the housebuilder that has worked to champion civic pride, commissioning works of art or cultural attractions to enhance the public space in and around their new developments.

The judges look for housing developments that support and enhance nature, showcasing conservation, biodiversity and ecology and working in partnership with experts and other key stakeholders.

Great Kneighton in Cambridge is designed to balance the natural world with the built environment, offering open urban spaces, beautiful lakes, rich ecology and its own 120-acre Country Park. Public art is embedded into the fabric of the development, giving it a unique identity rooted in the area’s rich culture, history and character. Countryside’s public art strategy for Great Kneighton has helped to drive community engagement, participation and create a sense of pride.

The WhatHouse? award for Best Regeneration Scheme is given to developers who demonstrate a commitment to inner city and urban renewal. Acton Gardens is a £600m joint venture by Countryside and L&Q that is transforming the South Acton Estate in Ealing, West London, by creating high-quality and high-value homes to re-establish the estate as a desirable mixed-tenure neighbourhood.

These two prestigious award wins reflect Countryside’s commitment to high-quality housebuilding. Whatever the size of the project, we aim to develop housing and landscapes that stand the test of time, creating places people love.