About Us

About Us

Crest Nicholson is a leading developer of sustainable communities.

Dedicated to excellence in design, innovation, sustainability and customer service.

Stephen Stone

Chief Executive

Crest Nicholson has been building new homes for 50 years and is firmly established as a leading developer with a passion for not just building homes, but creating vibrant sustainable communities.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities, both now and in the future, by providing better homes, work places, retail and leisure spaces. Most importantly, we place our customers at the heart of everything we do.

A business to be
proud of

Expert knowledge and skills go into creating great places to live. It’s this expertise that delivers homes not houses, and places not postcodes – where people can belong and where communities can take shape and thrive.

Our Core Principles

Design & Innovation, Sustainability and Customer Care

Designing Great Places to Live

creating great places to live

A strong design ethos plays a pivotal role in creating great places to live. Crest Nicholson has built a proud reputation for delivering innovative masterplans and high-quality homes that create a lasting legacy. Energy efficient homes, inviting green open spaces, local amenities and sustainable transport links are just some of the elements which must blend seamlessly together to create vibrant new communities.

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Integrating Sustainability

Bath Riverside

At the heart of Crest Nicholson is a driving ambition to be the market leader in the design and delivery of sustainable homes and mixed-used communities. We work to balance social, economic and environmental factors in our decision making to ensure we create value for all our stakeholders and minimise our environmental impact.                                                                                                                                                                

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Focus on Customer Care

Kilnwood Vale

Achieving the highest levels of customer satisfaction depends on delivering well-built, well designed homes and providing a great customer experience. We are working hard to maintain and raise customer satisfaction levels by improving quality assurance processes and setting out clear standards for what we expect from our subcontractors.                                                                                                                                                            

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2015 highlights

Delivered

Another record year of results

Download our 2015 integrated reports
  • £163.3m

    Operating profit up 27%

    2014:£128.1m

  • 76

    Apprentices at year end

  • 2,725

    Units completed up 8%

Our History

  1. 1963

    Crest Homes Limited was formed by Bryan Skinner and Geoffrey Fox in Walton on Thames, Surrey.

  2. 1968

    Listed on the London Stock Exchange under the name of Crest Homes Limited and subsequently Crest Securities Limited.

  3. 1972

    Formation of Crest Nicholson following the merger of Crest Homes Ltd with Camper & Nicholson’s the boat builder.

  4. 1977

    Opening of the first regional office on Westerham, Kent.

  5. 1986

    Acquisition of the Pearce Group, leading to the formation of the South West & Midlands regions.

  6. 1996

    The 'Nicholson Estates' brand was developed to trade in the quality inner London market.

  7. 1997

    Acquired Ingress Park, a 30 hectare derelict site in Greenhithe, now an award winning flagship residential regeneration project.

  8. 2002

    First in the sector to report on non-financial performance.

  9. 2004

    Named as the only house builder in Business In the Community’s ‘Top 100 Companies that Count’.

  10. 2005

    Achieved first position in WWF’s ‘One million sustainable homes’ benchmark (Now NextGeneration benchmark).

  11. 2006

    Crest Nicholson, in partnership with BioRegional Quintain, launched ‘One Brighton’, a highly sustainable and pioneering development which embraced the principles of 'One Planet Living'. The business also produced its first guide to Greener Living for new homeowners.

  12. 2007

    Awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in sustainable development. This year the business became privately owned and was no longer listed on the London Stock Exchange.

  13. 2008

    Committed to reducing carbon emissions by 25% from Crest Nicholson offices and sites by 2020. The company also published its first climate change review.

  14. 2009

    Crest Nicholson forms part of a leading R&D project called AIMC4, designed to pioneer the volume production of low carbon homes for the future.

  15. 2010

    Beat the halving waste to landfill target set in 2008, by making a 62% reduction. The Company also won its 8th Building for life Gold Standard – achieving more than any other developer.

  16. 2011

    Launched a new London division to focus on increasing delivery in the centre of the Capital. The Group also won Sustainable Housebuilder of the Year award.

  17. 2013

    In the company’s 50th year it re-enters the London Stock Exchange and also saw the start of our pioneering post-occupancy research programme at Centenary Quay, Woolston, Southampton.

  18. 2014

    A new Chiltern division opens in St Albans, helping to deliver much needed new homes in the northern home counties. Crest Nicholson is named as a gold award winner in the NextGeneration benchmark in recognition of the Company’s place as sustainability leaders within the sector.

  19. Monksmoor

    2015

    The first residents move into Monksmoor Park in Daventry. This entirely new village, inspired by the Garden City concept from Ebenezer Howard and underpinned by our own Garden Village framework. Click here to find out more.

  20. Monksmoor

    2016

    A partnership is developed with M&G Real Estate to deliver the UK’s first purpose designed suburban private rented sector (PRS) homes at Kilnwood Vale in Faygate.

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Awards

We're proud of our trophy cabinet, it's an independent endorsement of our achievements. However we continually strive to do more to exceed our customers expectations.

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Careers

2014 Careers

We offer exciting career opportunities which can span a lifetime. We actively support and encourage continuous professional development and we reward the effectiveness and loyalty of all our employees.

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Press

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Investor
Relations

Crest Nicholson seeks to balance financial and non-financial factors in decision making - driving economic growth and delivering value, while creating a social and environmental legacy to be proud of.

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