Northumberland house builder triumphs at national awards ceremony
Stone Homes once again flew the flag for the North East at the What House? Awards 2011 recently, as the Alnwick-based house builder picked up a Silver for Best Small House Builder. The Awards are considered to be the Oscars of the UK house building industry and are coveted by companies from all over the UK, making Stone Homes’ success all the more remarkable.
It’s not the first time that Stone Homes has been triumphant at this event, as it won Silver in the same category in 2009 and a Bronze in 2008. It also collected a Silver for Best Development for its Peacock Gap scheme in Morpeth in 2009. The What House? plaques are the latest, most prestigious in a growing collection of national house building awards for Stone Homes, which also includes honours from the Daily Mail and the 21st Century Living Awards.
This year’s expert What House? Awards judging panel said: “Stone Homes has exceptionally high and clear standards of design, build and customer service, underpinned by a very impressive company charter, encouraging the staff to work as a team and help other’s development. This is building in a local context at its very best.”
Of the properties constructed at the company’s recent Hindley Farm development near Stocksfield, the judges remarked: “These are the work of craftsmen, while the interiors are brilliantly conceived and the results are rural gems amid dramatic Northumberland scenery.”
Delighted with their company’s success against the UK’s best small house building firms, proprietors Dale and Jo Robinson said: “The What House? award provides a Quality Standard Seal for our luxury homes, an additional rock solid reason why the increasingly canny customer should choose Stone Homes over our competition. We will be back again next year trying to win.”
The couple travelled to the ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane not knowing whether they were going to collect an award, as Dale explained: “This year we brought three of our customers to the awards ceremony, a risky strategy perhaps. However, following our Silver award a fabulous evening out on the town together was had, as a direct result of the What House? Award, they all went home bursting with pride for their award-winning home and full of admiration for our company and the principles we stand for.
“Happy customers spread great news, a real message is sent to the wider house buying community and makes it all a little easier to sell luxury homes in a tough market.”
The company has been building its distinctive luxury properties since 2001, using the highest quality new and reclaimed materials to build homes in some of the county’s most beautiful locations. Accolades such as the recent What House? award not only reflect the company’s exceptional achievements, they also focus national attention on the Robinsons’ beloved Northumberland, with its sweeping landscapes and unique natural splendour.
With a number of luxury projects currently underway at Stamfordham, Bywell and Rennington, Stone Homes is set to continue to deliver its unique homes to discerning homebuyers in the North East while promoting the region on a national stage. Further details can be found on stonehomes.co.uk.