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Niche Worcestershire developer defies CABE’s
industry criticisms
by building oversized houses
in local materials

25th October 2004


In light of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment’s damming report deeming the overwhelming number of new houses to be ‘mediocre’, a niche Worcestershire developer is nearing completion on a scheme that defies the sceptics’ wide-ranging criticism.


Developed by Neil Grinnall Homes and set just outside Droitwich Spa, Hadzor Hall comprises 36 newly built Georgian style houses and converted Stables properties. Not only are the three-bedroom houses 30 per cent larger than the industry average, they are built utilising local materials and are designed to replicate the 18th Century Georgian architecture of the grand 54 acre Estate. Anything but ‘mediocre’ and with only eight properties left to sell, buyers from across the region have snapped up the chance to live in such inspiring surroundings within a sought after Worcestershire location.


Neil Grinnall, Chairman of Neil Grinnall Homes comments: “Whilst many volume housebuilders only work with a selection of set house types and are unable to respond to local variations in architecture and materials, we cannot risk our reputation by building a substandard development that won’t provide a long term legacy for the future. 


“I have no doubt that because of its outstanding historical setting Hadzor Hall is almost unique for the UK market. However, I would have deep reservations that had a volume housebuilder acquired the site, whether it would have been developed with the same painstaking time and financial commitment that we have chosen to invest to make this development what it is today. Our construction costs here have been 20 per cent over the industry average for developing new houses, but with only eight left to sell, our strategy has definitely paid off. The exceptional quality of Hadzor Hall has attracted a regional audience to pay a premium price for their own piece of a landmark development that will always be held in high acclaim.”                                                                                            


The scheme has not only received special interest from local people but from top Government planners as well, due to the historical importance of the Hall. Formerly the residence of the Earl of Warwick, the restoration of the 18th century mansion house, which is just within eyeshot of the new development, will ensure that Neil Grinnall’s newly built and converted properties will be a prime residential address for years to come.   


Hadzor Hall has already welcomed its first residents and the construction programme will come to an end before December 2004. Of the remaining eight properties, two have two-bedrooms and constitute part of the six sensitively converted homes that were once the Estate’s 18th Century stable block. Arranged around a quintessential courtyard setting, the Stables buildings are typical of the Georgian era, epitomised by a newly converted Grade II listed Clock Tower. The last two converted Stables properties range in price from £230,000 to £240,000.


The six, three-bedroom newly built houses that are still available for sale comprise two varying designs within the secluded Corbett Place courtyard. Both the Westwood and Chawson designs are arranged over two floors with a spacious living room, breakfast kitchen, cloakroom and separate study located on the ground floor. On the upper floor are two generous double bedrooms, a family bathroom and large master bedroom and ensuite, all located off a light and airy landing area. Ranging in price from £299,995 to £319,995, lucrative incentives will be offered to purchasers who can complete before the festive season, whilst a number of newly completed homes, including a fully furnished show home are available to view seven days a week between 10am – 5pm.


This exclusive Neil Grinnall Homes’ development is fast becoming one of the most sought after addresses in Worcestershire due to its rural surroundings combined with good infrastructure and local amenities. Hadzor Hall’s picturesque location is within easy reach of Droitwich Spa town centre, Worcester and Birmingham, being less than five minutes from junction 5 of the M5 and eight miles along the A38 to Worcester city centre.


To date, the houses have predominantly been bought by professional couples aged from 30 – 50, who are united in their desire not to be tied down by a maintenance incumbent property. The unique appeal of the scheme has been demonstrated by the eagerness of these owner-occupier purchasers to secure their preferred plot before completion of the build programme.


The attention to detail and high specification ensures that all the properties at Hadzor Hall have a well-planned layout and impeccable interior. Features such as the manageable private gardens and stunning views over the Worcestershire countryside also make this scheme an ideal choice for people who want to downsize from a larger property.         


For further information on Hadzor Hall, please visit the on-site marketing suite located off Hanbury Road out of Droitwich, accessed from junction five of the M5. The marketing suite is open from 10am – 5pm,
Tel: 01905 778901.

Alternatively, please contact sole selling agents,

Knight Frank on 01905 746 888.


Press release drafted by:

Charlotte Crossley
Core Marketing

0121 643 8151


Neil Grinnall at Hadzor Hall

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