NHBC Double Awards

Be proud! Colin does the double

Covid-19 may mean that awards ceremonies have “gone virtual”, but pride and congratulations are completely pandemic-proof! And we’re really proud to congratulate our own Colin Richardson on a double win at the NHBC’s Pride in the Job awards 2020.

The awards scheme celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The NHBC says: “It’s the one all site managers want to win, and for some, described as the pinnacle of their career.” The awards celebrate the vital role site managers play in the housebuilding process, and showcase site managers’ dedication to the quality of the homes under construction.

Colin Richardson was awarded one of the coveted prizes for his work on our Cowslip Lane development in Gamlingay, which was celebrated during a virtual ceremony on 30 October (you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/Wq7iKhQ7LV0). However, during the ceremony, Colin was shortlisted for the next stage of the competition, and he also took home (virtually, of course!) a Seal of Excellence award.

The Seal of Excellence recognises leadership, the pursuit of quality and focus on customer satisfaction. Colin’s dedication and attention to detail, combined with his management abilities and expert building knowledge, earned him both awards. Everyone at Maulden Vale and Hillson’s is incredibly proud of his accomplishment.

What’s more, Colin’s win proves that despite the pandemic, The Hillson Group of Companies remains committed to putting quality at the top of our agenda.

Well done, Colin!


Happy birthday to us

We’ve been celebrating – our boss Michael Hillson has been marking 50 years in business!

As a carpentry apprentice half a century ago, Michael decided to strike out on his own, setting up a carpentry sub-contracting firm. Having built and expanded the business, as well as trained teams of apprentices over the years, now he’s the head of a family of companies, including us here at Maulden Vale. Michael’s commitment to extremely high standards of design and construction, as well as a genuinely personal approach to looking after our buyers, is what drives us all to make Maulden Vale a continued success.

An ongoing relationship

For some developers, handing over the keys means the end of their relationship with the buyer. That’s it – we’re done now. See ya. On to the next development.

But at Maulden Vale, we strongly believe in getting to know our buyers from the moment they say “yes”. We welcome off-plan buyers to our building sites, as we think it’s important that they can see the progress of their future home. We also like to meet our buyers and really get to know them – especially if they’re involved in choosing internal fittings such as kitchen and bathroom décor.

We talk through construction plans as they evolve, and if possible we’ll reflect our customers’ needs and wishes in the finished house. We really want our buyers to feel as if they’re part of the process. Once people have bought one of our homes, we don’t just leave everything to the solicitors.

We try to get to know our buyers – members of our team have even helped people move in (and put the kettle on!). Our commitment is ongoing – we’ll keep in touch and keep an eye on how are homes are ageing – we’re keen to keep an eye on the maintenance-free aspects of our builds too. We’re still in contact with people who purchased our homes 30 years ago, and previous buyers occasionally ring up to ask where we’re building next.

For us, housebuilding is about more than producing boxes. We create homes – and we care about those who live in them.

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A stunning new home for the final phase of Cowslip Lane

We’re thrilled to announce that Plot 11 of our Cowslip Lane development in Gamlingay has been granted planning permission. The largest plot in the community, Plot 11 will be transformed into a stunning four-bedroom home that’s perfect for the way we live now.

We’re really keen for our buyers to be part of the process of creating the house, and we’re currently producing a brochure with computer-generated impressions of the layout, which is larger than any comparable development. However, we hope our buyers will visit the site with us to check progress, as well as choosing key internal features such as kitchen tiles.

One thing about Plot 11 that’s made us particularly proud is the huge glass “wall” of doors across the entire rear ground floor. We spent a long time sourcing the correct glass that would also provide enough insulation as well as letting in the light.

The internal space we plan for Plot 11 is much bigger than average, from the huge open kitchen and orangery to the two further downstairs rooms to the four upstairs bedrooms, including a master suite with vaulted ceilings. So often, larger new-build houses squeeze in five or six bedrooms but we wanted the emphasis to be on space, rather than compromise.

Although, having said that, we have actually included the possibility of a fifth bedroom, because above the detached garage is a room with its own bathroom. However, buyers may prefer to use this space as an office (keeping work separate from home) or even a teenage annexe.

If you’d be interested in owning a unique new home – a home in beautiful surroundings with cutting-edge design and huge internal space – get in touch

Appealing landscaping

Having built a wonderful home for you, an important part of the process is consideration of the grounds it sits within. We always strive to create an attractive garden and driveway, one that is neat and tidy yet also a good foundation for the new owner to introduce their own style into. All the properties are fully landscaped, with external areas carefully planted and we have a landscape gardener on the team to supervise this important process.