Crest Nicholson – quality and sustainability across the south of the UK


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Introducing one the UK’s premier property developers

Crest Nicholson is one of the UK’s leading property developers, focusing on the South of England and Wales. It has been building homes and communities for over 50 years and delivers developments of all types of homes on various sizes and locational sites – including largescale urban regeneration and garden villages. This multi award-winning developer delivers on its promise to provide quality, sustainable communities – excellent properties in superb locations for property investors.

Crest Nicholson – one of the South’s premier property developers

Crest Nicholson operates through five regional housebuilding divisions. Two other business units complement these:

  • Crest Nicholson Regeneration (Major Projects) specialises in large-scale developments, on which it typically partners with public and private ventures and organisations. Such projects incorporate residential and mixed-use developments, often on brownfield sites.
  • Crest Strategic Projects (Strategic Land) sources land and acquires planning permissions for longer-term property developments.

Crest Nicholson delivers thousands of new build completions every year and expects to increase sales from around £1 billion in 2016 to £1.4 billion in 2019.

It builds homes suitable for a wide range of purchasers – from first-time buyers to families to investors – with properties ranging from one-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom detached homes.

A passionate developer with a mission

Stephen Stone, Crest Nicholson’s CEO, sums up the group’s purpose when he says that Crest Nicholson is a property developer with a passion for creating vibrant, sustainable communities with quality homes. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities, both now and in the future, by providing better homes, work places, retail and leisure spaces, with the customer at the heart of everything the company does.

Three core principles dictate every development

Crest Nicholson’s passion for creating quality developments is evident in the way it manages its projects with the guidance of three core principles:

·      Design and innovation

Crest Nicholson has an enviable reputation for delivering imaginative solutions in the design and build of high-quality homes. It is a leader in the development of off-site manufacturing processes, which will help to deliver homes more quickly while reducing waste, increasing on-site safety, and improving customer service.

·      Sustainability

Crest Nicholson understands that the developments of today must be built for sustainability to become the communities of tomorrow. It works closely with local stakeholders and planning authorities to ensure the development meets local needs. It works to create communities that blend in with local environments, and in which residents have access to good transport links and local shops, schools, and leisure facilities.

The properties it builds benefit from a range of green features, including low energy efficient lighting, smart meters installed, and many also feature low-carbon energy or renewable energy sources. All Crest Nicholson homes exceed the national average for water efficiency, and all have internal recycling bins.

·      Customer care

Crest Nicholson prides itself on delivering well-built, well-designed homes and a great customer experience overall. It works hard to retain and raise customer satisfaction levels, strengthening its quality assurance processes, including specifying a standard above the industry norm for paintwork and has improved its Quality Manual setting out the expected standards of its subcontractors.

Adding value for communities, providing potential for investors

Crest Nicholson has a well-located land portfolio in the south of the UK, strategic locations which add up to a sustainable land supply.

It uses its expertise and extensive partnerships to take land through the design and planning process, creating vibrant communities with a blend of tenures.

Throughout the planning and construction process, Crest Nicholson supports the development of local infrastructure, manages waste, and uses materials effectively.

It supports all customers throughout the buying process and then creates a community in infrastructure that supports that community. It includes innovative solutions such as creating Community Interest Companies to own and manage communal assets. And affordable management solutions to secure the long-term futures of the places created.

Recognised for all-round quality

Crest Nicholson is known by customers and its peers for the outstanding quality of its product. In 2016, among its industry awards were:

  • WhatHouse? Awards – Park Central, Best Partnership
  • WhatHouse? Awards – Bath Riverside, Best House
  • WhatHouse? Awards – Bristol Harbourside, Mixed-Use Development
  • The Housebuilder Awards – Sustainable Housebuilder of the Year
  • The Housebuilder Awards – Best Refurbishment Project
  • The Sunday Times British Home Awards – Best House Design Award winner

Eight of its site managers received Quality Awards from NHBC, and one received the Seal of Excellence.

Where can investors buy a new build Crest Nicholson home?

Crest Nicholson’s five regional divisions are Southwest, Chiltern, Eastern, Southern, and London. Across these five divisions, Crest Nicholson is currently developing dozens of sites. Two such sites and typical of the quality of location and properties developed by Crest Nicholson are Valentine Place in London and The Apex Apartments in Crawley.

Valentine Place, London SE1

Just a five-minute walk from Waterloo station, you will find Valentine Place, a collection of apartments, penthouses, and mews houses crafted around a former bakery. This development is at the heart of one of London’s premier cultural centres, and ideal for those who work in London.

There is no end to the recreation and leisure facilities surrounding the development and within walking distance. Views across the Thames, fine dining restaurants, the world-famous Borough Market, and pop-up markets are just a few of the local amenities here.

This development is perfect for professionals and young families. And ideal for those working in the legal quarter, The City of London, Canary Wharf and the West End.

The Apex Apartments, Crawley, West Sussex

A new collection of contemporary one and two-bedroom apartments, The Apex Apartments development is ideal for town centre living. In the heart of this commuter town, Crawley and Three Bridges railway stations are nearby. Regular trains taking commuters and travellers to London Victoria in less than 45 minutes. Close to the development, the M23 is the main route to London Gatwick for national and international flights.

Crawley offers a wide variety of high street names and boutique shops for retail enthusiasts. Houses an arts and entertainment complex, and is getting a name as a gourmet hub. Gyms and plenty of open spaces cater for fitness and sports enthusiasts.

These quality properties are set around a landscaped courtyard. And also nearby Goffs Park offers a green haven from the hustle and bustle of the town centre lifestyle.


Live with passion,

Brett Alegre-Wood

About the Author

Brett has over 20 years experience in all facets of property, he owns various companies centred around property and is the driving force behind the education and training at Castlereach. His companies have sold over £850 million in UK and London property and he manages over 1200 properties through his estate agency chain. Today he shares his time between UK, Australia and Singapore. He is married to Arlene and together they have 4 kids. Brett holds both the Level 3 Property Mark Qualifications for Property Sales and Property Lettings and Management.