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Matthews City and Country Homes proudly attended the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Awards for Planning Excellence in London.  Our development of 35 homes at Burlingham Square had been short-listed as one of 9 national finalists in the category of Excellence in Planning for Homes (up to 50 homes).  The calibre of entries was extremely high; with shortlisted developments ranging from affordable housing regeneration schemes in central London to sympathetic housing schemes on the edge of rural settlements. 

Although we ultimately didn’t win, we were enormously proud that Burlingham Square was awarded a commended entry.  In appraising our Burlingham Square, the RTPI’s judging panel stated: 

Planners played a central role in this project, facilitating partnerships with multiple other organisations and adopting a strong community engagement strategy. The scheme also created multiple apprentices as part of its construction process.”

At Matthews City and Country Homes we were very proud to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award.  The standard of entrants in this category was exceptional; as such, it was a huge honour for us that Burlingham Square was awarded a commended entry by the RTPI’s judging panel.  As was noted, planners were vitally important in the success of this scheme as they helped co-ordinate and lead on such a complex proposal.  We would like to say a special thanks to Worcester City Council’s planning department for their input within the scheme; particularly with their help and support in overcoming the hurdles we faced along the way.

We would also like to thank our appointed consultants and partners during the development process; including Zebra Architects, Naturally Wild, Page Wagner Landscape Architects, RCA Regeneration, Structa Engineering, Phil Jones Associates, Bridgehouse Property Consultants, Cotswold Archaeology, Jerry Ross Arboricultural Consultancy, Historic Environmental Contractors and Fortis Living.  The sheer number of consultants illustrating the complexity of the site.          

Furthermore, to receive recognition for the creation of multiple apprenticeships was extra special.  As a local, family run house builder, we care passionately about our local area and the homes that we build.  Apprentices are a great way to provide a wider community benefit as it gives younger members of society the opportunity to gain new skills and experiences whilst positively contributing to the delivery of fantastic family homes” – Chris Matthews, Director Matthews City and Country Homes. 

Phil Deeley (right), Planning Manager at Matthews City and Country Homes collecting the award. 


Matthews City and Country Homes have won the Natural England West Midlands Conservation Award for their development of 35 homes at Burlingham Square, London Road.  The award is given in recognition to outstanding achievement in wildlife conservation.  At the recent award ceremony, Natural England, who are the Government’s advisors on protecting the natural environment, praised Matthews City and Country Homes for going ‘above and beyond’ in their work with protected species on site.  Such work included the provision of newly built habitats, setts, foraging areas and specialist tunnels to enable uninterrupted movement of such species throughout the site.  Such facilities and infrastructure have allowed protected species to flourish on site while the new homes continue to be delivered.


Chris Matthews, Commercial Director, said “it was an honour to be the only house builder to be nominated for the award but to go and win made it extra special.  Often house building is considered damaging to the local environment; however, this award demonstrates that our positive and proactive approach to ecology has allowed protected species to thrive alongside the development of our new homes.  Our development at Burlingham Square is more than just bricks and mortar and we believe we have delivered a community within which the local environment plays a central role”.


Burlingham Square has been named as a finalist in the category for Excellence in Planning for Homes – Small Schemes at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2019.

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for over 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

The Burlingham Square development has brought 35 new homes and apartments to the heart of historic Worcester.  Despite potential constraints associated with the site’s ecology and heritage value, Burlingham Square has delivered a high-quality development which   provides a modern and sustainable interpretation on the ‘Georgian Square’ style of architecture.  

“Matthews City and Country Homes are delighted and honoured to be named as finalists in the RTPI’s Excellence in Planning for Homes.  Close working between our consultant team and Worcester City Council’s planning departments has allowed us to deliver a scheme that we are rightly proud of” – Chris Matthews, Commercial Director.   

RTPI President Ian Tant MRTPI said: “Many congratulations to all this year’s finalists, who demonstrate outstanding contributions to planning, producing a positive effect on our communities, the economy and the environment. They have shown how planners can use their passion and skills to meet needs, deliver high quality design and tackle environmental challenges – they should all be proud of their role as a force for good in society.”

The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at Milton Court Concert Hall in central London on 24 April 2019.

We are thrilled to be nominated for Natural England’s Conservation Awards 2018!

The awards aim to recognise, celebrate and reward excellent land management and effort, and to identify individuals who have made a great contribution to conserving the special wildlife and landscapes of the West Midlands.

Nominations are being considered in December and winners will be announced shortly after.

Fingers crossed we have good news in the New Year!

Meet the new addition to the Matthews Family. We’re proud to have bought Eddy last night and helped raise money for an amazing cause.

Such a fantastic and humbling evening that raised in total £210,000 for St Richards Hospice as part of the Worcester Stands Tall campaign.

Huge Congratulations to everyone that purchased one of the Giraffes and helped raise an outstanding amount. 

Watch this space for the adventures of Eddy……

Pictured with Eddy are Director Rob Matthews and Strategic Planning Manager, Phil Deeley.  They also got to meet the wonderful auctioneer, Mr Phillip Serrell!!


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