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New-build Britain: where to buy?

Hard hats, fluorescent jackets and giant cranes are now familiar features across many parts of Britain. The shackles of the recession are finally loosening. And which industries are leading the way? The construction sector certainly seems to be making its mark.

Hard hats, fluorescent jackets and giant cranes are now familiar features across many parts of Britain. The shackles of the recession are finally loosening. And which industries are leading the way? The construction sector certainly seems to be making its mark.  
New-builds from many major developers are now part of this British success story. Some parts of the country are seeing a real boom in the construction sector. Here we pick six of them - in areas that offer a good selection of properties at a range of prices (apartments from £165,000 to town houses at £800,000).

St Albans, Hertfordshire

Towns and cities to the north of London, beyond the green belt, have seen some of the greatest concentrations of new-builds in the country. A good example is St Albans, a city rich in history, but adapting to the needs of 21st-century home-owners. You can find impressive new-build three-bedroom family homes for around £650,000 in the ‘Napsbury Quarters’.


Canterbury, Kent

New-build properties do not always have to be futuristic in appearance. In the ancient cathedral city of Canterbury, there have been a number of classy new developments in the last few years, some with a contemporary feel, others more traditional in appearance. Here you can find new three-bedroom neo-Georgian town houses on The Terrace, just off the high street, for around £500,000.


Winchester, Hampshire

Within less than an hour of London, but still with the ambience of a cathedral city, Winchester has moved with the times. It offers stylish new-builds to complement its rich array of more traditional properties. In the upmarket Friary Gardens development, close to the city centre, you can find three-bedroom contemporary town houses for £800,000. They look like an attractive option in what will always be a blue-chip city.


Oxford, Oxfordshire

There have been a string of classy new-build developments along the Oxford canal since the Millennium, and the attention has now shifted to the suburb of Kidlington, where the new Oxford Parkway station is situated. More young professionals commute into London from Oxford than ever before, and developers are building properties to suit them. There is a gated Waterside development being built within a short walk of the new Oxford Parkway station, with prices starting at £165,000.


Northampton, Northamptonshire

You can get a duplex penthouse for £225,000 at the Grove Works, a stylish factory conversion just a mile and a half from Northampton mainline station. The outstanding value is typical of a town that is within commuting distance of London and ringed by some attractive villages.


Basingstoke, Hampshire

Here you can find new-build family homes within walking distance of the centre of Basingstoke for less than £500,000. And it is no surprise that developers have seen the potential in this likeable town, with easy access to London. The housing in the area is a blend of new-builds and traditional village homes, where new-developments seem to be setting the pace at the moment.

With the UK’s shortage of housing, new-builds, some of them very stylish, are going to be an increasing sight across our towns and cities. Choose the right area and it may prove a shrewd long-term investment.

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