A CROSS Hills-based housebuilder is celebrating after being named a finalist in two categories of a prestigious awards scheme.

Skipton Properties is amongst those shortlisted for accolades in the National Building & Construction Awards.

The company is vying for the Residential Developer of the Year title, and managing director Sarah Barraclough is in the running for the Women in Construction Award.

Skipton Properties said it was "an honour" to be a finalist.

A spokesperson added: "We are thrilled that our close-knit, family-run business has reached the prestigious National Building & Construction Awards finals.

"Skipton Properties has been driven by a heartfelt passion for fostering vibrant communities since its establishment in 1986 by the late Brian Verity. Over the years, the company has reshaped the landscape of new home construction, consistently exceeding expectations by delivering exceptional homes that stand out for their quality and inclusive specifications.

"Being considered for the esteemed title of Residential Developer of the Year is truly an honour for us. We firmly believe that our commitment to excellence and our dedication to creating thriving communities make us deserving contenders for this accolade."

The firm cites the Ebor Mills development at Haworth as a "notable testament" to its work.

"This project showcases a delicate balance between old and new – paying homage to the site’s rich heritage," said the spokesperson.

"The inclusion of historical features, such as the economiser, boiler house and two mill buildings, has added unique character to the development. Our dedication to designing in harmony with the site’s history is evident.

"In addition, we take great pride in Sarah’s nomination for the Women in Construction Award.

"Sarah has made significant contributions over the past few years, leading the company into the present day with her innovative vision. Her leadership during challenging times has been remarkable. Despite a slowdown in financial results, we have made substantial investments in processes, team development and land portfolios, and despite an uncertain mortgage market, we remain confident that our homes will continue to be a secure investment for customers.

"We are proud of our heritage and commitment to building better homes. With a large proportion of employed staff, the company operates differently from its competitors, allowing for quicker construction with tighter controls."

Speaking about the Residential Developer of the Year shortlisting, Sarah says: "This recognition reflects our team’s hard work, commitment to excellence and dedication to creating thriving communities. We extend our congratulations to all the finalists."

The awards presentation night takes place at the Hilton London, Wembley, in November.