Crest Nicholson confirmed as third house builder at Houlton


Crest Nicholson has become the third developer to enter a contract to construct homes at Urban&Civic and Aviva Investors’ Houlton site in Rugby, Warwickshire. The housebuilder will develop up to 205 residential plots on its 12.5-acre parcel, with construction expected to commence in spring 2017.

This latest agreement follows deals already completed at Houlton with regional builders Davidsons Homes at the end of last year and Morris Homes earlier this year.

Urban&Civic and Aviva Investors have now contracted on 625 plots across 45 developable acres with Davidsons Homes commencing work on site last Thursday (6th October) for their 105 consented homes and Morris Homes expected to break ground in the new year.

Richard Coppell, Development Director for Urban&Civic comments: “We’re delighted to welcome Crest Nicholson on board at Houlton and we are looking forward to generating good momentum on house building at Houlton during 2017.

“We have partnered with housebuilders that we know construct high quality, beautiful family homes to complement the level of investment made on infrastructure and landscaping and this will be visible to people considering making Houlton their home.”

Ben Miller, Managing Director of Crest Nicholson’s Chiltern division, said: “We are so pleased to announce Crest Nicholson’s involvement in the Houlton site in Rugby.

“The ‘mast-site’, as it’s known locally, is synonymous with its history as an innovator of modern global communications. We look forward to working with our partners to channel this pioneering past into our plans to deliver a modern, fit-for-purpose residential development that serves the needs of the people of Rugby.”

The homes represent the third phase of Houlton, a 1200-acre urban extension to the East of Rugby that will eventually comprise 6,200 new homes, three primary schools, a secondary school, a GP health centre and 31 hectares of employment space and 299 hectares of open space.

Realignment of the A428 will conclude in November this year to coincide with the opening of The Tuning Fork eatery and Dollman Farm Visitor Centre, with construction of the new link road scheduled to begin at the start of 2017 following a £35m investment from the government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) through the Urban&Civic and Aviva partnership.