The rise of the high-end property developer or housebuilder, has been accelerated by increased demand for new homes to buy in London. Many properties continue to be purchased for rental investment by overseas buyers, but ownership from owner-occupiers is also increasing as a new raft of buyers see the benefits of modern high rise living.
For decades, Benham and Reeves has worked with some of the most notable property developers in the sector and continue to be inspired by their creative energy. Our London estate agent branches and our international sales offices are frequently engaged in bringing the merits of London property ownership to the attention of investors from all over the globe. Providing a full selling and buying service, we provide knowledgeable investment advice, only recommending developers who we know will deliver homes on time, to budget and with all due diligence in place.
Below is a quick overview of some the top developers currently changing the face of London, doing everything from reimagining luxury London properties to creating brand new communities and placemaking. These housebuilders are all well known to our sales teams:
Perhaps best known as the people behind the jaw-dropping Sky pool in Nine Elms, Ballymore specialise in ambitious regeneration projects. A family company since 1982, they’re at their best when combining old infrastructure with new concepts.
Evidence of this award-winning market leader’s influence can be found all over the Capital. High-rise examples of the famous Barratt build quality can be found at Millbrook Park and Hendon Waterside – two developments that have brought urban luxury to North West London.Many other great examples exist of course.
An iconic London landmark needs to be handled with sensitivity, imagination and a willingness to commit long-term. The Battersea Power Station development team is backed by a consortium of well-respected Malaysian developers who are determined to set the highest of standards. This includes a unique community-led approach to re-invention that involves space for shops, schools and parks.
Bellway have a reputation for building quality homes in green locations and are a popular option for cost-effective investment. However, they can tackle more ambitious projects and they are heavily invested in the massive Nine Elms regeneration project.
A clearly acknowledged industry leader, Berkeley Group have combined building expertise and ambitious planning with a distinct and intuitive marketing style. The result is a tier of developments that are considered to be the gold standard of urban luxury accommodation in and around the London area noted for scale and placemaking.
Assuming responsibility for one of Europe’s most recognisable landmarks is a massive task, yet Canary Wharf Group accomplish this with style, while also forging ahead with creating sustainable communities. Their ethos is to engage, collaborate and innovate right across the board and the results are a breathtakingly vibrant cluster of homes, offices, retail spaces and entertainment venues.
Proud of their reputation as new home specialists, Countryside is a company that think critically about both the social and digital infrastructure of the communities they create. Using modern building methods like off-site timber frame construction, allows Countryside to remain one of the industry’s main innovators.
Half a century spent building homes has given Crest Nicholson plenty of expertise and experience to go with their passion for building sustainable homes. A strong emphasis on quality of living and connected communities means that their customer relationships remain second to none.
Strong roots in Malaysia’s booming property sector make EcoWorld a formidable force in the ongoing transformation of London. Their activities have attracted much attention and many awards, including a gold award for customer satisfaction.
Established since 1961, Fairview are developers who have grown along with London and continue to contribute to its success. Their projects range from small-scale schemes to huge regeneration projects and they are particularly adept at reclaiming brownfield sites in and around the Capital.
Spotting trends and opportunities with a view to creating solutions is a skill that Knight Dragon have turned almost into an art. They recognise that innovators also need to collaborate and take this approach to all their developments, realising that great accommodation needs great amenities.
A company that can list both the Sydney Opera House and the September 11 Memorial as achievements is undoubtably a global leader. In London, Lendlease have been a bold and innovative presence, creating compelling and modern living spaces, like Elephant Park and Silvertown Quays.
The team at Lillie Square are obviously keen students of architectural history and have based their boutique new development on the traditional London Garden square. In doing so, they have created a green oasis in the middle of a bustling district that calms and soothes – a truly inspired building feat.
Linden Homes employs the services of leading architects in order to create new homes that fit sympathetically into London’s existing fabric. Always ready to consult with local groups and businesses, they combine local knowledge with technical expertise to create sustainable solutions to every type of accommodation need.
Very few developers have made as much of an impact in the Capital as London Square, who have quickly become known for the imaginative ways in which they have converted historic sites into stunning new builds. Developments in Bermondsey, Islington and Nine Elms have built on London’s vast industrial heritage and come up with a great vision for the future.
A dynamic presence at the luxury end of the London property market since 1991, Mount Anvil are on a mission to create a legacy of award-winning excellence. Focusing on some of London’s most sought-after areas, their team of top architects use the most advanced materials available in upscale developments like The Silk District and One Clapham Junction.
Poly Group has serious ambitions that are backed by serious capital. This Chinese-backed developer has a worldwide reach and a vision for innovative and accessible design that changes lives and builds communities. Their involvement in the transformation of Millbrook Park is just one example of their commitment and energy.
Part of the “Build to Rent” revolution, Quintain Living are the people behind the totally transformed streets that lie between Wembley Stadium and Wembley Park Underground. Their design-led ethos creates unique spaces that continue to win awards across the industry for family-friendly, quality accommodation.
Now considered as one of the UK’s leading housebuilders, Redrow continue to pursue their fifty-year old vision of making people’s lives better by providing homes that have character and substance. From garden villages to urban renewal, they continue to push for excellence and win awards. One of our favourite schemes is Colindale Gardens.
Regal London pride themselves in being able to spot and unlock the potential of London’s many complex urban districts. Specialising in mixed-use projects, they ensure that quality accommodation is well supported by a robust infrastructure that benefits the community as a whole.
Established in 2007, Strawberry Star is one of London’s most agile property developers with a property portfolio that caters for a wide variety of buyer groups and investors. Their speciality is in mixed-use developments, buy-to-let homes, and build-to-sell homes, with an emphasis on placemaking.
Reviving the fortunes of an entire ski resort is a tall order, but Andermatt has pulled off this mammoth task with skill and verve. Quality accommodation has been incorporated into a total revamp of the recreational and entertainment landscape of this picturesque alpine village.
One of the few developers who could claim to be a household name, Taylor Wimpey is serious about sustainability and the responsibility of house-builders to collaborate with local authorities. Their mission is to build and sell a massive 10,000 properties each year.