LINDEN Homes has scooped the prestigious Housebuilder of the Year title for the second year running at the Ideal Home Show Blue Ribbon Awards -, at a glittering awards party hosted by property presenter George Clark.
Linden Homes – whose Midlands region has its head office in Peterborough – retained the prize at a ceremony held at the famous Ideal Home Show at Earls Court in London.
The honours are a mark of excellence in the housebuilding industry and celebrate the best examples of design, innovation and development.
Linden Homes stood out as the only top 10 housebuilder building more homes now than in the 2007 peak. In 2013, its housebuilding margin increased by nine per cent and operating profit rose 11 per cent. In 2013, sales rose by 16 per cent over the previous year.
Through its Linden Way initiative it is nurturing a culture of exceptional customer service, while The Linden Homes Foundation seeks to leave positive legacies among communities, people and the environment wherever it builds.
The 12-strong judging panel -which singled out Linden Homes – was made up of property experts including designer Wayne Hemingway, property presenter George Clarke and Royal Institute of British Architects president Stephen R. Hodder.
The post-awards official commentary explained the judges’ decision: “The judges’ comment that Linden Homes are ‘good all rounders, and more committed to eco than most’ gives an idea of the criteria by which the modern housebuilder must be judged.
“They also thought it worthwhile to send a message of support to the company’s efforts in customer service, in a period during which turnover has doubled.
“The ‘Linden Way’ aims to revolutionise the customer experience and radically change the company’s culture and working practices placing customers at the forefront of every decision. Linden remains the only top 10 housebuilder building more homes now than in the 2007 peak.”
Sales director for Linden Homes Midlands, Chris Roads said: “Winning Housebuilder of the Year here is fantastic because the Ideal Home Show is fundamentally all about good design and doing what is right for the customer.
“Retaining the title for the second year running is particularly encouraging because it means recognition for our success in maintaining market-leading standards, skills and service that our teams have displayed throughout the year.
“We want to take this further and continue to provide excellent homes in thriving communities where people want to live. That’s our essential goal and awards like this show we are heading strongly in the right direction.”
The developer is currently building across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.