Local firm wins property award

MCGINNIS GROUP BUILDS BEST STARTER HOME IN UK - Pictured receiving the 'Silver What House? Award' for 'Best Starter Home' are (L-R) Celebrity Host  Hugh Dennis, Alan Dodds from Awards Sponsor Laufen, John Paul McGinnis, Operations Manager at the McGinnis Group, Patricia McGinnis, McGinnis Group Sales and Marketing Manager and Joanne Davies-Jones, Managing Director of Whathouse.co.uk.   For further information visit www.themcginnisgroup.com.
MCGINNIS GROUP BUILDS BEST STARTER HOME IN UK - Pictured receiving the 'Silver What House? Award' for 'Best Starter Home' are (L-R) Celebrity Host Hugh Dennis, Alan Dodds from Awards Sponsor Laufen, John Paul McGinnis, Operations Manager at the McGinnis Group, Patricia McGinnis, McGinnis Group Sales and Marketing Manager and Joanne Davies-Jones, Managing Director of Whathouse.co.uk. For further information visit www.themcginnisgroup.com.

Eglinton-based home builder the McGinnis Group has been awarded a prestigious property award for its Coopers Mill development in Belfast.

The accolade was granted by the UK What House? Awards - the McGinnis Group being the only winner from the North.

The What House? Awards, now in their 30th year, were held in London recently with celebrity host Hugh Dennis.

In a hugely competitive industry, a ‘What House? Award’ is a highly respected symbol of prestige and excellence, giving winners the edge over their competitors.

Coopers Mill, which is located in Dundonald, won the Silver Award for Best Starter Home, one of 21 categories, beating off competition from across the UK, including all the major house-builders.

The development is the fastest selling development in Northern Ireland, with 65 properties sold so far this year - a 38.3% increase in sales from 2010.

Sales and Marketing Manager at the McGinnis Group, Patricia McGinnis, said: “Coopers Mill has sold 160 houses since the development opened just over two years ago, making it easy to see why The McGinnis Group was the only winner from Northern Ireland.

“For a small family company from Northern Ireland to have won an award competing against the big UK house-builders is a real coup for us.

“The competition was immense and we are thrilled that the quality homes at Coopers Mill have been recognised by these prestigious and long established awards.”

This award is the third UK award won by the McGinnis Group this year, the other winners being two UK Residential Property Awards, one for the Slackbuie Park development in Inverness and the other for Coopers Mill - ‘Best Development in County Down’.

Other awards this year include the McGinnis Group Site Manager John Logue winning the NHBC Award again for the fifth year running and the ‘Finalist Award’ at the CIM Marketing Excellence Awards.