Larkfleet Homes has won the Housebuilder of the Year title at the Construction News Awards – the second such award the company has announced this year.
In January it received the trophy for ‘Small Housebuilder of the Year’ from the national HouseBuilder awards.
Now it has a second Housebuilder of the Year title to add to its growing collection of awards.
Judges at the Construction News Awards said: “Larkfleet Homes’ engagement with the communities in which it works and its efforts to improve the UK’s housing stock saw it recognised as the judges’ Housebuilder of the Year.
“Larkfleet’s commitment to sustainable development stood out with the judges, specifically its work to alleviate and overcome flood risk.”
The company is developing a house prototype that could be raised on stilts during flooding – an idea which would permit development of land that is currently unsuitable for housing.
The judges added: “Larkfleet’s commitment to, and passion for, research and development was disproportionately high for the size of the business.”
The judges were also impressed by Larkfleet’s work with communities, including its innovative Larkfleet Community Fund. The fund offers up to £500 for each house built for sale on the open market to be put towards creating communities and integrating new housing developments with existing communities. Larkfleet estimates this fund could pay out £500,000 over the next five years.
Judges also said that the company showed genuine passion for supporting local areas through its apprenticeship and graduate recruitment programmes and through its support for local colleges and sponsorship of the Greater Peterborough University Technical College.
Larkfleet Homes joint managing director Helen Hick said: “We were delighted to win this award against stiff competition from major national builders such as Barratt, Galliford Try and McCarthy and Stone.
“It is a tribute to the work of all the team at Larkfleet and helps to assure customers that when they buy a home from Larkfleet they are buying the best.”