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Now in their 33rd year, the ‘Oscars’ of the housebuilding industry are a highly respected symbol of prestige and excellence. The awards are judged by a panel of property experts, including architects, surveyors, property writers and industry specialists.
Commenting about Aura, the judges said: “This is a housebuilder that has benefited from selecting a great firm of architects and interior designers, who, between them, have created a luxurious and sophisticated residence. The master bedroom has a living room and the kitchen has a gallery – what more do you want from a house? Suna Interiors has exploited every inch of space in this house and its designs have created a Mayfair-style home in Cambridge.”
For Abode, the judges commented: “The houses and apartments have been designed in an imaginative and contemporary way, with excellent use of natural light to create airy, flexible living spaces. Many properties have full-height glazed openings on to private outside space. This simple but effective way of breaking down the divide between the outside and the inside extends the house into the garden and vice versa. This is a large-scale new-build housing project that oozes a confident, no-nonsense message, with its bold and striking buildings. A modern housing project that still manages to retain traditional undertones. A very worthy winner of this award.”
Tony Travers, Managing Director of the New Homes & Communities Central division at Countryside said: “We are thrilled to win two What House? Awards for our developments in Cambridge. The Silver Award for Best Interior Design for the show house at Aura is a great tribute to the excellent partnership we have with our team of architects and interior designers, who have responded perfectly to our brief to design a luxurious yet welcoming and comfortable home for a family with teenage children.”
Tony continues: “At Abode, the Bronze award for Best Development is a perfect accolade for the excellent new homes designed by Proctor and Matthews at this exciting and innovative development, where we set out to create a new urban village which offers a superb quality of life for residents.”
A range of new homes are currently for sale at Aura, with stylish two bedroom apartments and penthouses starting at £470,000 and houses from £695,000 to £925,000. Furthermore, twelve luxurious four and five bedroom mansions are soon to be released at Aura, all of which offer a similar contemporary and elegant style as the winning show home at the development. With generous proportions and high ceilings to give a feeling of space and incorporating extensive glazing to allow wide views of the surrounding countryside, these properties offer expansive living accommodation spread over more than 4,000 sq ft, a mature woodland setting and secluded west-facing gardens.
Aura benefits from an enviable location on Long Road, bordered by mature woodland and extensive landscaping whilst Cambridge city centre with all of its attractions, shops and culture is within easy reach. The railway station is just over a mile away, from where services to London Kings Cross take around 50 minutes.
At Abode, the final few three and four bedroom houses remain on the current phase, with prices ranging from £485,000 to £625,000. A new phase is due to launch at Abode in early 2015, and will comprise 1 - 5 bedroom apartments and houses.
Located within Countryside’s Great Kneighton development, residents at Aura and Abode will benefit from the new 120 acre country park and a range of planned new amenities including new schools, a health centre, shops, library and transport hub.
Information correct at time of publication.