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New Build Warranty Explained

Discover peace of mind. Our new build home warranty ensures your dream home is backed by our unwavering commitment. Explore the confidence that comes with a home built to last.

Home Buying Terminology

Are you a first-time home buyer? Read our glossary of home buying terminology to expand your knowledge of the real estate industry and get ensure you’re fulling clued up and prepared to move house!

Part Exchange: How to Secure Your Dream Home with a Stress-Free Sale

Secure your dream home with Durkan Homes’ part exchange. This approach allows you to trade in your current property for a new Durkan home, reducing the hassle of traditional selling. Discover how part exchange can fast-track your move and simplify the path to your ideal residence.

Youth organisation first to benefit from new community fund

Inspire 2 Ignite CIC, a Cambridge-based organisation focused on helping young people aged 12 to 24 who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training), has successfully applied for funding to deliver a number of initiatives encouraging young people to take their first steps into entrepreneurship with confidence.

Why You Should Consider Moving to Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a vibrant yet tranquil lifestyle. From the stunning architecture to the picturesque landscapes, there’s something to captivate everyone’s interests. With its excellent schools, thriving economy, and close proximity to London, Cambridgeshire offers the perfect blend of modern amenities and timeless charm for those considering a move to the area.

From London to Hatfield East: A Family’s Journey – Homeowner Testimonial

Dmitry, relocated with his family from busy East Acton, London to Hatfield in Hertfordshire for more space at an affordable price. He’s moved to a two-bed, terraced new build home that’s perfect for his young family, close to excellent amenities, rail links and good schools…

Durkan Homes retains prestigious customer satisfaction awards

We’re proud to have been awarded Home Builders Federation’s (HBF) 5-star house builder status, and In-house’s Gold award, for the second year running.

9 Interior Design Ideas for 2024

Explore the cutting-edge trends shaping interior design in 2024, from bold colour palettes to sustainable materials. Discover inspiration and tips to transform your living space into a stylish haven for the future.

Buying a New Home: Everything You Need to Know

Embarking on the journey of buying a new home requires careful consideration and a wealth of knowledge. From navigating the intricacies of mortgages to understanding the local property market, this article provides essential insights for prospective homebuyers.

Charity hall gets new lease of life thanks to Durkan Community Fund

Durkan Homes and Laser Electrical Central have teamed up with Futurehope Hertford and Ware, a youth charity that supports teenagers with issues from mental health and addiction to anger management, to upgrade the heating and lighting at Pioneer Hall in Hertford.

Everything You Need to Know About Moving to Hertfordshire

Embark on a journey of discovery as we unravel everything you need to know about moving to Hertfordshire. From picturesque landscapes to vibrant communities, explore the charm of this county. Gain insights into lifestyle, amenities, and housing options for a seamless transition to your new home in Hertfordshire.

Homeowner Testimonial – Manor & Braganza, Kennington

Nuo, Julien and Jack decided it was time to put down roots, the draw of Southwark’s regeneration and public realm improvements proved too appealing to pass them by. They tell us the story of buying their first Durkan home…

How to Prepare Your House for Winter

As the chilly winds of winter approach, it’s crucial to ready your home for the colder months. Our comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know, from insulating windows and doors to checking your heating system. Ensure a snug and energy-efficient space with our expert tips for a warm and inviting winter haven.

Southwark Council’s Peckham development opens its doors to residents

Southwark Council and Durkan, one of London and the South-East’s leading independent housebuilding and construction companies, held an opening event to welcome residents to a new development on Commercial Way on Tuesday 5 December 2023.

Durkan Guide to Living in Hatfield

Explore the vibrant lifestyle of Hatfield with our comprehensive guide. Discover local amenities, thriving communities, and the unique character of this charming town. Find your perfect home and embrace the distinctive living experience that Hatfield has to offer.

The Advantages of Living in a Townhouse

Living in a townhouse offers the perfect blend of community living and personal space, providing a unique urban lifestyle that appeals to many. With its distinctive architecture and shared walls, townhouses create a sense of camaraderie while offering the comfort and privacy of a traditional home.

Top 10 Tips for Moving House

Moving house can be a daunting task, but with the right approach, it can become an exciting and smooth journey. From effective packing strategies to hiring reliable movers, our top tips ensure a stress-free and efficient move, allowing you to focus on the excitement of settling into your new home.

Durkan Homes and Picture Living join forces

London and Home Counties housebuilder, Durkan Homes, and Thriving Investments’ (formally PfP Capital) Private Rented Sector operator, Picture Living, have signed an agreement to bring 28 private rental homes to market in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.

Deposit Unlock – Step inside your new home with a 5% deposit

The new Deposit Unlock scheme will allow first-time buyers and existing homeowners to purchase newbuild homes with just a 5% deposit. This removes the struggle of having to save up for a large deposit.

Is Now a Good Time to Buy a House?

In the ever-evolving real estate landscape, timing is everything. Explore the current market trends and expert insights to determine if now is the right moment to turn your homeownership dreams into reality. Join us as we delve into the considerations that might just make this the perfect time to buy a house.

Downsizing and Decluttering Your Home

When you should consider downsizing? Discover the best tips and advice on downsizing house and decluttering your home when looking to move. 

Wintringham – From London to the Cambridgeshire Countryside: Gabriel’s Journey to Homeownership

Gabriel, an NHS nurse, traded renting a one-bedroom flat in Greenwich, London for home ownership in the Cambridgeshire countryside. 

The 7 Best Places to Eat in St Neots, Cambridgeshire

Indulge your taste buds in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, as we unveil the seven culinary gems that will satisfy your cravings. From cozy cafes to upscale dining establishments, these handpicked eateries offer a delectable array of flavors and cuisines to please every palate. Get ready to embark on a delicious gastronomic journey through this charming town.

Working in partnership on the climate and environment plan for new homes

We’ve joined the Future Homes Hub as part of our commitment to sustainability.

Why Should You Move to Kennington?

Immerse yourself in the allure of Kennington’s dynamic city living. From its storied past to its lush green havens, experience the perfect blend of history and modernity. Join us in uncovering the gems of this vibrant community.

A celebration to mark the final concrete pour on 122 new Greenwich Builds council homes in Kidbrooke.

The event, known as a topping out ceremony, was attended by Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Councillor Anthony Okereke; Deputy Mayor of London for Housing, Tom Copley; Greater London Authority Members; ward Councillors Sandra Bauer and Dave Sullivan and Managing Director of developer Durkan Limited, Tim Carpenter.

New Build Houses Save Buyers over £180 a Month

Discover our latest new build houses that can save buyers over £180 a month on average utility bills. Experience modern living with sustainable features, all while enjoying significant cost savings.

First successful applicants receive funds from Durkan Homes to support community initiatives

A food pantry group, a local primary school and a community festival are all among the first successful applicants to receive community funding from Durkan Homes, a leading regional housebuilder developing a number of sites in Hertfordshire.



Wintringham – Couple follows dream of home ownership and starting a family

Ciprian and Dana left the busy borough of Enfield, North London to follow their dream of home ownership and starting a family in St Neots.

Things to do in St Neots

Discover the charm of St Neots with its picturesque riverside walks and historic market square, offering a perfect blend of nature and culture for a delightful day out. Immerse yourself in the town’s rich heritage at the St Neots Museum or unwind in the serene Paxton Pits Nature Reserve for a truly fulfilling experience.

Thinking of Moving Out of London?

Are you contemplating a move away from London? Explore the advantages and challenges of relocating to a different city or town. Find out how life outside the bustling capital can offer a fresh perspective, lower costs, and a change of pace. Uncover valuable insights and guidance to help you make an informed decision about moving out of London.

Apprentice to Assistant Site Manager

Brent Charles started as an apprentice, quickly becoming a valuable member of our team. He’s now been promoted to Assistant Site Manager!

Schoolchildren help bring new homes to life through art

Following a creative competition, pupils from Onslow St Audrey’s School have unveiled new artwork at Durkan Homes’ neighbouring Hatfield East development.

10 Things to do in Hertford

Whether you’re seeking cultural experiences, outdoor adventures, or simply a relaxing getaway, Hertford has something to captivate everyone. Explore a number of things you can do in this historic town.

7 Best Places to Eat in Hertford

Are you craving a culinary adventure in the charming town of Hertford? Look no further! We’ve curated a list of fantastic eateries that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more.

Planning permission granted for 160 new homes at North West Cambridge Development

The Joint Development Control Committee, comprising members from Cambridge City Council and South Cambridge District Council, yesterday (Wednesday 5 April) granted planning permission for 160 new high-quality homes at Eddington, the University of Cambridge’s North West Cambridge Development.

Durkan signs contracts with L&Q for next stage of Major Works Investment Programme

The partnership will cover all elements of refurbishments works from decent homes to fire safety and decarbonisation. Durkan will be delivering these works in it’s appointed area from the A1 north of the Thames across to Southend and up to Ipswich and Cambridge.

Assisted Move

If you have an existing property to sell, speak to us about Assisted Move. We can help you sell, and save on estate agent fees.

Local church receives £10,000 donation raised by Durkan

Through a year-long initiative, housebuilder and construction company Durkan has raised £10,000 for St Luke’s Church in Peckham.

Durkan appoints new Group Land Director

Durkan, one of London and the South East’s leading independent housebuilding and construction companies, has appointed Stephen Trenwith as Group Land Director.

Doors open to our Granary and Chapel development in Hertford

Prospective buyers have, for the first time, had the exciting opportunity to look at our unique collection of homes at Granary & Chapel, our latest Durkan Homes development.

Construction of Thamesmead boating club completes

We’re celebrating another milestone in our long-term regeneration of Thamesmead, after leading London and South East contractors Durkan completed the construction of a new boating club at Southmere Lake on 28 November 2022.

Wasteland to Wonderland

Durkan Homes has teamed up with a group of twelve contractors working at its Bengeo housing development, The Stiles,  to transform an overgrown area, at the back of Bengeo Primary School’s playing fields, into a forest school and place for outdoor learning.

To buy, or not to buy? Our guide to why new build homes can save you money, now and in the long-term.

Despite the cost-of-living crisis, the UK’s love affair with home ownership rumbles on. For those who have set their heart on becoming a homeowner,new builds offer a high quality and affordable option, both in terms of initial outlay and running costs. Here are some top tips and insights from the Durkan Homes team.

Durkan starts construction on Southmere Boat House as part of extensive Thamesmead regeneration.

Durkan, one of London and the South East’s leading independent development and construction companies, has begun construction of the new Southmere Boat House in Thamesmead, creating a dedicated centre for Southmere Boat Club.

NHBC Pride In The Job Quality Award

We are incredibly proud to share that our project director Tony Gallagher has won an NHBC Pride In The Job Quality Award for his work at Southmere.

Getting Women into Construction in Ealing

At Phase 2 of the Sherwood Place project in Ealing for  Clarion Housing,  the Durkan project team have been working hard to create real social value alongside quality, sustainable homes for local people. A recent initiative has been to support Community Interest Company Women into Construction (WIC), to increase female participation in the industry.

Durkan signs Hatfield housing deal to deliver 87 new homes

Durkan, a leading London and Home Counties homebuilder, will deliver 87 new homes in Hatfield following the exchange of contracts with Hertfordshire County Council and Danes Educational Trust – with agreement facilitating multiple new facilities for Onslow St Audrey’s School in Hatfield.

Giving old homes a new lease of life at The Hides, Harlow

The Durkan team has received glowing feedback on the completion of its £1.4 million project to refurbish 30 flats at The Hides development in Harlow.

Historic homes at Sutton Dwellings, Chelsea, set to be transformed

Durkan has been appointed by Clarion Housing Group to refurbish the Sutton Dwellings, part of Chelsea’s historic Sutton Estate.

Gold Award for Customer Satisfaction

We are extremely proud that 100% of our customers who legally completed in 2021 would recommend us.

Getting a foot on the construction career ladder – Jack’s story

Trainee estimator, Jack talks about the opportunities his apprenticeship gave him.

Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of work on 117 new council homes in Kidbrooke

Durkan to deliver 158 affordable homes near Central Middlesex Hospital

Durkan, which has been consistently delivering high-quality residential projects for over 50 years, has been appointed by Network Homes to build 158 much needed affordable homes near Central Middlesex Hospital. 

Durkan appoints new Managing Director of Construction

Durkan has appointed Tim Carpenter as its new Managing Director of Construction – marking the start of a new chapter for the leading independent development and construction company.

Durkan appointed to help UK public sector decarbonise and retrofit

We are really excited to share that Durkan has been appointed as a specialist contractor that will help the UK’s public sector decarbonise – work that is critical to the government meeting its 2050 net zero target.

Durkan Supports Hertford Christmas Gala

On Friday 26th November Durkan sponsored and attended the Hertford Christmas Gala.

Building Futures at Durkan

Giving people opportunities to take their first steps in construction and learn a trade is something that’s really important to us. We take pride in our employees and the apprenticeship opportunities that we are able to offer.

New striking homes set for Hertford

St Neots mayor kicks-off new home construction with kids’ treasure hunt challenge

Budding treasure hunters from a St Neots pre-school spent a morning with the Mayor, uncovering the secrets beneath the soil of a new construction site that will see new homes built for the town.

Work starts on new homes with a sense of history in the heart of Southwark

In Partnership with Southwark Council, Durkan will be working across two sites in SE17 at the heart of Zone 2, Manor Place and the former workshops at Braganza Street.

Awarding High Standards

Everything about our development in Bengeo, The Stiles, showcases quality – from the charming new homes to their beautifully landscaped setting so it’s no surprise that the development has now also been recognised for its high standards of construction and site management.

HGP Regional Growth Initiative

Housing Growth Partnership (HGP) and Durkan Homes (Durkan) are pleased to announce that Durkan will be one of the first regional partners of HGP’s Regional Growth Initiative (RGI).

Durkan donates laptops to Clarion Housing residents to drive digital inclusion

As part of its longstanding commitment to give back to the communities in which it operates, leading London and home counties housebuilder and contractor Durkan has donated laptops to residents of Clarion’s Sherwood Close development in West Ealing, London.

Peabody appoints Durkan to deliver new homes in Lambeth

Over the next three years, Durkan will construct 134 new homes and over 45,000 square metres of commercial space.

Going For Gold!

We’re delighted to announce that our very own Henry Camillus has been named as a finalist in the Construction Manager of the Year 2021 awards for his efforts at Southmere Village, part of the Thamesmead regeneration scheme.

Durkan awarded Framework place with A2Dominion.

Durkan are delighted to announce that they have been successful in securing and finalising their position on the A2Dominion framework.

Durkan and Westminster City Council Complete Disability Employment Pilot Partnership

Durkan welcomes Health, Safety and Environmental Director Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon has joined Durkan as Health, Safety and Environmental Director and will be working across the business to ensure that health & safety is aligned to our business requirements.

Durkan teams up with Joe Brennan Training to offer apprenticeships

Durkan, Joe Brennan Training and London South Bank University are pleased to be partnering to offer two Level 4 apprenticeship opportunities at our Sherwood Close project, in Ealing.

Durkan to deliver up to 170 homes on strategic North West Cambridge Development

Leading Home Counties and London housebuilder Durkan has announced an agreement with the University of Cambridge to deliver up to 170 homes at its North West Cambridge Development. 

A new community hub for Southmere

Durkan Limited are pleased to announce that we successfully handed over Southmere Library to Peabody and Bexley Council, following a close partnership between our project team, architects Bisset Adams, Robinson M&E Engineers, and structural engineers OCSC. 

Robert Thompson joins Durkan as Production Director

Durkan welcome Robert Thompson as our housing divisions newly appointed Production Director.

Social Procurement Festival 2021

Last week, Head of Social Responsibility and Inclusion Kevin O Connor, and Commercial Director Shane Rooney, participated in the first annual Social Procurement Festival hosted by Supply Change.

Durkan appoints Group New Business Director

Durkan have announced the appointment of Tim Carpenter as its new Group New Business Director.

Durkan secures planning consent for new homes in St Neots

Durkan has secured planning consent for a development of 293 new homes in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. The site forms a key part of the major Wintringham development, part of the strategic expansion of Cambridgeshire’s largest town, which is being led by master developer Urban & Civic.

Durkan achieve Standard Accreditation in latest Investors In People assessment

Durkan are delighted to have retained its current Standard Level of accreditation after undertaking an Investors In People assessment in September in which we achieved a fantastic response rate of 93% from our employees.

Ethelburga Food Parcel Donations

On Saturday 21st November, Durkan employees joined the dedicated volunteer group ‘Ethelburga SOS Angels’ as they prepared, delivered and handed out food boxes to local Ethelburga Estate residents who have been affected by the social and economic fallout of Covid-19.

Durkan’s Patrick Phillips wins GOLD at this years Construction Manager of the Year Awards

Congratulations to Patrick Phillips who successfully won Gold at this years Construction Manager of the Year Awards hosted by The Chartered Institute of Building.

A promotion for Durkan’s Rising Star

Durkan are delighted to announce the promotion of ‘rising star’ Ed Afolabi to Assistant Site Manager at Phase 1a Southmere project in Thamesmead.

Durkan wins contract with Clarion Housing Group to deliver new homes in West Ealing

Durkan, has been appointed by Clarion Housing Group, the UK’s largest provider of affordable housing, to deliver the second phase of the regeneration of Sherwood Close in West Ealing, London.

Tony Gallagher wins NHBC Seal of Excellence Award

Project Director Tony Gallagher and the team at Southmere Phase 1A won the NHBC Pride in the Job 2020 Seal of Excellence Award.

Durkan secure £26.7M Contract with Southwark Council

Durkan has recently signed a development agreement with Southwark Council to deliver Commercial Way in Peckham, London.

Durkan announces promotion of Director of Quality for Nigel Shields

Durkan would like to congratulate Nigel Shields on his promotion to Director of Quality.

Durkan announces promotion of Jason Smith to Operations Director

Durkan are pleased to announce the promotion of Jason Smith as Operations Director.

Council Leader visits visionary new housing facility

Councillor Rachael Robathan, Leader of Westminster City Council, has visited Beachcroft House in Maida Vale as construction of the visionary new housing facility nears completion.

Planning permission granted on former nursery site in Hertford

Durkan’s Planning team has  secured a resolution to grant planning permission for 52 homes on the Former Bengeo Nursery site in Hertford, an affluent market town situated on the northwest edge of Hertfordshire.

Durkan lands major contract on Thamesmead regeneration programme

Durkan has been awarded a £126m contract to deliver the second phase of Southmere Village.

Durkan appoints new Finance Director

Leading London and Home Counties homebuilder Durkan has appointed Paul Kimber as its new Group Finance Director.

Durkan secure £24M contract with Southwark

Durkan has recently signed a development agreement with Southwark Council for delivery of a scheme over two sites in Braganza Street and Manor Place Terrace in Elephant and Castle.

Durkan support outstanding building design in Aylesbury Vale

Outstanding building and structural projects across Aylesbury have been recognised at the 25th annual Aylesbury Vale District Council Design Awards.

NHBC seal of excellence award for Durkan

In June this year we were delighted to announce that Project Director, Tony Gallagher, won an NHBC Pride in the Job Quality Award

Exciting new public space opens in Aylesbury

Aylesbury’s town centre’s latest development officially opened to the public on Friday 8 March.

Prestigious award win for The Exchange

We are delighted to announce that The Exchange has been named as the inaugural winner of Aylesbury Vale District Council’s (AVDC) Norman Bragg Award.

Durkan to lead Thamesmead Towers refurbishment

Peabody has appointed Durkan to refurbish nine 13-storey tower blocks in Thamesmead as part of the wider regeneration of the area.

Work experience candidates join Britannia Music site team in Ilford

This week we welcomed six work experience candidates at our Britannia Music Site (BMS) in Ilford.

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