Electricity House in Bristol awarded Best Refurbishment Project at the 2016 Housebuilder Awards

Crest Nicholson’s Electricity House in Bristol’s city centre has been crowned Best Refurbishment Project of the Year at the 2016 Housebuilder Awards. The award recognises Crest Nicholson’s commitment to restoring the Grade-II listed Electricity House, whilst protecting the integrity of the building. 

Electricity House, originally designed by acclaimed architect Sir Gilbert Scott in the 1930s, is an iconic building and integral part of Bristol city. After decades of neglect, in 2014 it was restored to its former Art Deco glory by award winning housebuilder, Crest Nicholson. Care has been taken to preserve the façade including replacing modern windows with those more in keeping with the building’s original styling. Internally, Electricity House has been transformed to accommodate 85 luxury homes, innovatively designed to incorporate contemporary features for modern living. The design of Electricity House also demonstrates Crest Nicholson’s commitment to sustainability and the environment.  

The prestigious Housebuilder Awards, organised by Housebuilder magazine and supported by both the NHBC and HBF, were presented by actor James Nesbitt at a packed London venue on Thursday, 3 November. The awards recognise excellence across a range of housebuilding disciplines.

Crest Nicholson South West’s Sales and Marketing Director, Sandra Dixon commented, “We are delighted to have been awarded the Best Refurbishment Project at the 2016 Housebuilders Awards. Electricity House is truly a unique development and it has been an honour to restore this iconic building to its former glory. When we inherited Electricity House we wanted to bring the deserted building into the twenty first century whilst also maintaining the integrity of the original design.   

“Our architects worked particularly hard to restore some invaluable features such as the grand front door on the bullnose of the façade. Inspired by London’s Art Deco hotels, the marble terrazzo floor in the foyer was also painstakingly re-created by master craftsmen. This award recognises the hard work of all those who helped us reinstate Electricity House.” 

Following a successful launch, 90% of the stunning apartments have been eagerly snapped up and there are now just a few exclusive penthouse apartments left to purchase, so potential homebuyers still have the chance to own a piece of this award-winning and historic development. 

Crest Nicholson’s Electricity House beat off tough competition from City & Country, Beechcroft Developments, Galliard Homes and Weston Homes to triumph as Best Refurbishment Project at the 2016 Housebuilder Awards. At the event, Crest Nicholson was also awarded the prestigious Sustainable Housebuilder of the Year and was Highly Commended for its Centenary Quay development in the Best Regeneration Initiative category. 

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