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Award-winning developer Crest Nicholson celebrated success at the 2017 Sunday Times British Homes Awards this week as Finberry, Ashford, was crowned winner in the ‘Outstanding landscaping for housing’ category. There was further cause for celebration for Crest Nicholson, as Finberry was also named a finalist in ‘Development of the year (200 homes or more)’ award. 

The Sunday Times British Homes Awards recognise the excellence of architects, designers and developers working across the residential property sector, and the site overcame fierce competition from developments across the country to scoop up the prestigious ‘Outstanding landscaping for housing’ award.

Finberry is a visionary and highly sustainable new community in the town of Ashford, with innovative landscape design at its heart. The development comprises a collection of 1,100 homes, offering a blend of traditionally designed apartments, cottages, and family houses, surrounded by extensive countryside and tranquil woodland.


Given the site’s proximity to flood plains and surrounding wetland habitat, Crest Nicholson worked with landscape architects to create a series of water features at the entrance of the development. Three ornamental lakes were constructed, decorated with species like alder and willow, which along with the mature oak and cherry trees flanking the entrance, create a peaceful environment for people to enjoy.


Beyond the well-manicured open spaces and ancient woodland that are central to the development, more natural wetland habitats have also been formed within the existing flood plain to significantly improve the biodiversity of the area.


Finberry is a joint development managed by Crest Nicholson Strategic Projects and Crest Nicholson Eastern.

Andrew Dobson, Managing Director at Crest Nicholson Strategic Projects, said: “This award win is a fantastic achievement for Crest Nicholson. At Finberry, there were significant natural and technical challenges we had to overcome to make the site viable, including building flood relief systems, two bridges and an access junction. However, these challenges provided us with a brilliant opportunity to use the site’s natural features to create a sense of arrival in harmony with the existing countryside.


“The site is key growth area for Ashford Borough Council, providing much needed housing and community assets and on top of this, we’ve worked hard to ensure that Finberry is a thoughtfully designed and beautifully landscaped development. To be named winner of the ‘Outstanding landscaping for housing’ is a real testament to the success of the team’s work.”


Finberry also provides a wealth of amenities to support the thriving community such as an 80-bed extra care facility, primary school, local centre, and sports pitches.

Homes are still available to purchase at the development, with prices starting from £217,000 for a two-bedroom apartment, or just £174,000 on the Help to Buy scheme. To find out more, call 01233 223133 or visit