Crest Nicholson named one of the top sustainable housebuilders of 2012

The UK homebuilding industry has become increasingly sustainable over the last eight years, and local developer Crest Nicholson has consistently ranked near the top of a national league table of the UK’s most sustainable housebuilders. The results follow the launch of this year’s annual NextGeneration benchmark, with Crest Nicholson’s results showing a significant 8 percentage points improvement on 2011, and scoring 83% in the benchmark.

The developer, which is currently building homes for local residents at Liberty Park in Wainscott, Lysander Mews in West Malling and Encore in Maidstone, has been listed in the top two developers in the UK for the last five years. However, its latest jump in performance shows the extent to which Crest Nicholson is forging ahead, consistently raising sustainability standards to outperform other industry leaders in a number of key areas.

As well as scoring highly in areas including strategy, governance and tackling climate change, Crest Nicholson’s scores were also well above average in terms of transport and connectivity and customer and stakeholder engagement. Indeed, Crest Nicholson has already received many accolades for its high standards of customer service and currently holds a Home Builders Federation five star award for customer satisfaction, with over 90% of purchasers saying that they would recommend the company to a friend. The NextGeneration benchmark is the only assessment of its kind that annually ranks the top 25 UK homebuilders’ performance in delivering sustainable homes and unites homebuilders with government, investors, industry experts and leaders to share best practice in sustainability. The comprehensive benchmark takes over six months to complete and assesses those developers responsible for constructing over 50% of new homes in the UK each year with a combined construction value of £5 billion.

Homebuilders are assessed not only on the sustainability of the homes and communities they create, but also their own sustainability performance as a company, for example on such factors as Governance and Risk Management, and the amount of energy consumed onsite and in their offices.

Stephen Stone, Chief Executive of Crest Nicholson, said: “Driving innovation and progress in the delivery of new and cost-effective solutions for sustainable homes is essential for the industry, and we place significant emphasis on pioneering new approaches that will ensure low carbon communities become a mainstay for the future. The NextGeneration rankings demonstrate the extent to which every housebuilder is now rising to meet the challenge, and our consistently high ranking is a testament to the way in which sustainability has been embedded into every aspect of our business model.”

Stephen added: “For Crest Nicholson, sustainability has played a major role in delivering our strong underlying business fundamentals and the government’s commitment to sustainable housing policy plays to our strengths. 65% of the homes we delivered last year were to EcoHomes, Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, or Level 4 standards and designing the homes of the future, while still delivering homes our customers can be proud of, is an objective that underpins our entire delivery strategy.”

Philip Hirst from NextGeneration, said: “This year’s results demonstrate that an elite group of home builders are driving best practice in sustainability in the sector. This is the sixth year the benchmark has been undertaken and the improvement in performance from the first benchmark in 2006 is remarkable, with companies battling to outperform each other across 50 different categories and achieving an average improvement of around 10% since 2006. At a time where Government is reviewing much of the key legislation that governs sustainability in homebuilding, NextGeneration members provide a beacon of how the private sector can collaborate to deliver sustainability performance beyond legislative requirements.”

Annette Cole, Sales & Marketing Director for Crest Nicholson Eastern, said: “Sustainability is not solely about environmental factors – although this is obviously a key concern – but rather purchasers are looking for new homes that tick every single box. Energy and water conservation, quality of design, protection of local ecology and management of public realm are all equally essential considerations in terms of creating a place where people want to live. At Liberty Park in Wainscott, Lysander Mews in West Malling, Encore in Maidstone and Ingress Park in Greenhithe, we are committed to this broad inclusive approach, and the development is proving to be an extremely popular choice amongst purchasers keen to buy into the lifestyle on offer.”

Liberty Park comprises stylish two, three and four bedroom houses. Externally, properties blend traditional design elements, such as weatherboarding and hanging tiles, with features including dormer windows and varied roof elevations to create a development that suits the Kent vernacular. Homes are situated on pretty tree-lined boulevards, surrounded by landscaped open space.

Prices at Liberty Park start from £157,000 for a two-bedroom house and from £197,000 for a three-bedroom house. For further information please contact Crest Nicholson on 0870 752 4382 or visit www.crestnicholson.com/LibertyPark

Lysander Mews is in a fantastic location for commuters with West Malling station a short five minute drive away offering connections to London Victoria and Blackfriars in under an hour. By road residents can enjoy links to the south-east motorway networks including the M20, M25 and M26.

Homes currently available are priced at £267,500 for a three-bedroom house and from £369,500 for a four-bedroom house. For more information or to view the show home, contact the Sales & Marketing Suite, Lysander Mews, Fortune Way, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4JR, open daily from 10am – 5pm, on 0845 504 8506 or email lysandermews@crestnichsolson.com.Alternatively, visit www.crestnicholson.com/lysandermews

Encore, built on the site of the former Kent Music School in Maidstone, is the latest development from Crest Nicholson to be launched in Kent and comprises an exclusive collection of just 15 houses, including two and three-bedroom cottages and four-bedroom family homes.

The development is based on Hastings Road, close to the town centre of Maidstone. The traditional styling of the houses and the small number on offer means the homes will suit all types of buyers from first time buyers looking to be close to the town centre, to families and downsizers looking for a quiet and convenient way of life. All homes come with a good sized garden, and the three and four-bedroom houses all have en suites to the master bedroom. Every property comes with a private parking space, with several homes benefitting from two spaces.

There is one remaining property left to buy at Encore. The four-bedroom Elensham property is priced at £257,500. For more information please call the sales office on 0845 894 5518 or e-mail encore@crestnicholson.com. Alternatively please visit www.crestnicholson.com/encore.

Set in 72 acres of mature grounds, Ingress Park has been carefully created to offer a community way of life and features a regenerated riverside walk and heritage trail. Another unique feature is the grass amphitheatre, a focus for community events and summer picnics.

Buyers interested in apartment living at Ingress Park should register their interest with the sales team for the next phase of homes, The Pier, which are coming soon. Homes comprise highly contemporary one, two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses, many of which will benefit from fabulous views of the River Thames.

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