The Hill Group

Number of Developments

29

Ratings

4.06 Rating

Rating (based on 273 reviews)

Excellent

37.73%

Very Good

46.89%

Average

10.62%

Disappointing

2.20%

Very Poor

2.56%

Hill is an award-winning housebuilder and one of the leading developers in London and the south east of England, delivering both private for sale and affordable homes. This family-owned and operated company has grown to establish itself as the UK’s second-largest privately-owned housebuilder. It has an impressive and diverse portfolio ranging from landmark mixed-use regeneration schemes and inner-city apartments to homes in idyllic rural countryside.

Hill prides itself on putting its customers first and has a dedicated customer journey designed to help buyers at every step of the way to homeownership. Hill was awarded a 5 star status from the Home Builders Federation’s annual Customer Satisfaction Survey in 2018, 2019 & 2020 & 2021.

Hill has won over 460 industry awards in the past 23 years, including Best Medium Housebuilder at the Housebuilder Awards in 2020 and 2021. Hill also won Best Home, Best Sustainable Development and Best Medium Housebuilder at the WhatHouse? Awards 2021 and has won Housebuilder of the Year twice. In conjunction with Building with Nature, Hill was awarded a 2021 Housing Design Award for its highly sustainable Knights Park development in Eddington, Cambridge.

Hill builds around 2,400 homes a year, and around half of the company’s development portfolio is in joint venture to deliver affordable homes, reflecting Hill’s commitment to partnering with government, local authorities and housing associations.  In 2019, to mark its 20th anniversary and to give back to local communities, Hill Group designed and is donating 200 fully equipped modular homes to homelessness charities as part of a £15 million pledge through its award-winning Foundation 200 social impact initiative.

Hill developments

You can read about Hill developments on HomeViews. These include Knights Park in Eddington, Cambridge, Fish Island Village in Hackney Wick and Mosaics in Oxford.

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Cambridge: The best of City and Country

The award-winning design of both the buildings and grounds makes walking and cycling a pleasure. There are a variety of paths to use and this increases the likelihood of meeting a friendly neighbour en route. The development is also thoughtfully designed to accommodate differently abled people with smooth pathways and thresholds to enter buildings. Noteable, too, is the beauty of the architecture in the changing light and the integration of different materials into the overall scheme. There is a harmony of public and private spaces. From our terraces, we feel encouraged to look up and take in the stars.

However, we do wish that maintenance fees would be used to better look after the public landscaping. It can look neglected and overgrown; even natural areas need care as the seasons change.
Our villas have issues with the solar panels not working as they should, but work is being done to adjust the height and angles to maximize their efficiency. We appreciate the communications we have had regarding this.

We would also like some more sheltered or semi-covered areas in the square or nearby to gather. For example, where the large, long tables are situated just beyond the Square near the PostDoc building can be extremely windy at the best of times. We would like to use them more often, but would like a windbreak to help.

We are surprised that so few businesses have opened up in Eddington, but I suspect the rent is very high. Can something be done to attract more businesses and offices?

Additionally, the birdblind Fata Morgan Teahouse needs to be looked after. Garbage is left behind, small fires are started by kids, and it feels as if nobody checks in periodically. A few minutes of maintenance every couple of weeks would remedy this. Brook Leys is an asset we all enjoy, and is a welcome escape from the city.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

This location has the best of both worlds; we are minutes from downtown Cambridge by bicycle or bus, yet birdsong, trees and ponds surround us. I like the friendly, quiet and very safe neighbourhood feeling with a mix of ages and ethnicities. Indeed, we enjoy meeting our neighbours regularly and know we can ask for help whenever needed. The schools, grocery store and other shops add to the liveliness. Parking is not a problem, especially as Park & Ride is a five minute walk away. The excellent underground bin collection keeps Eddington tidy as well.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Wall to wall carpeting, especially on stairs, is best avoided as it is high maintenance and never as clean as bare floors or rugs that can be shaken out. I do wish the stairs were not carpeted, or had only a runner.

Also, do order your curtains or blinds ASAP. Privacy can be an issue once you move in, so you might need folding screens until the curtains are installed!

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Yes, it can take a while, and the pandemic made everything more challenging for all. I am confident that things are improving and that the management has not lost sight of priorities.

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Management
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Great area, spacious living space.

The design of the flats is good outside, with various building being a different design so it has character. Inside our two bedroom apartment it is very spacious and lots of light in the kitchen/living room area.

The bedrooms do not get so much light with just one small window in each which is a shame. Building management I have not had much experience with but when first moving in, arranging utilities proved to be quite difficult. Cleaning in communal areas is great and regular, but some of the other tenants don’t respect the cleanliness and leave bins outside the communal bin room unfortunately.

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The location is amazing, situated between the cosmopolitan Mill Road to one side, and walking access to Grafton and Beehive Centre on the other side. It is also exceptionally quiet. The space is open and doesn’t feel “blocked in”. The bin collection frequency is ok but we would really benefit from green bins for food & garden waste as well as the standard black & blue bins for the flats.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

More information on the parking for disability blue badge would be useful

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Fairly quickly – although it is a bit of a proceed and not sure whether the Cambridge city council or building management is responsible for certain things

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Poor soundproofing. Excellent snagging.

First the bad stuff: Poor sound insulation in the houses. Can hear every noise outside. We were the first to move in. We have had over a year of building work noise. Plus even people /workmen standing outside speaking to each other, or on the phone can be heard inside. Parking provision is poor. Just because you don’t provide spaces does not mean people will stop owning cars. Have to drive or cycle through chicanes daily as people park up on pavements. Many impassable for prams ( and by extension – wheelchairs) Would happily trade some of the green space for adequate parking off road /off pavement. Good stuff: Hill have been fabulous about fixing snags. We started off with 190+ in April 2022 – some major, some minor, we are now – a year later, down to just two. We like the location we are in with good cycle paths into the city.

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We are still awaiting a coop and a restaurant- both have been promised for some time but are not currently happening. Very overdue. A play park was built last year but is still not opened. The community centre is opened and functioning. Various. “Market Square “ activities /farmers markets have been arrange and were fun.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

If we had known we would have been living on a building site with constant noise six days a week and poor soundproofing.. we would definitely have had second thoughts. We are 13 months in and it is still ongoing….. no end in sight ….

What is the best feature of your home:

Love the quality of light. The south facing doors on the ground floor act as a heater and warm the kitchen/diner beautifully.

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Quiet and clean

My house has been designed specifically for wheelchair use which means it’s big and spacious making it comfortable for me to move around with a wheelchair. Its stays pretty warm in the winter but does get too hot in the summer. We weren’t given any furniture when moving in but the process of shifting was easy! We dont get much noise from traffic apart from a few police cars and its very safe living here! There are many local shops nearby, e.g an Iceland about 10mins away. The parks are great for the kids when we need to get them out! Building management are okay, we did have a major leak when we moved in which is unusual for a new build but the issue was dealt with. We have to contact the council to who contact Hill for repairs.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Like – Its quite close to the kids school which makes it a convenient place to live.
Dislike – Theres not enough disabled parking in the area which means its difficult to find parking spaces big enough so that we can easily get my wheelchair in and out.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I wish I knew about the lack of disabled parking before moving in.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

The property should’ve come with a disabled parking space!

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Design
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Location
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Value
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