Corsham-based development company wins top UK property award

By Anita Jaynes on 18 September, 2014

The new Abbey Sands development in Torquay has won a prestigious UK Property Award ahead of its completion later this year.

Abbey Sands has been delivered by Corsham-based specialist property development company, Havard Estates, and its project partners – world-class architects, Kay Elliott, and global construction company, Balfour Beatty. This team has been recognised through the development’s success in the mixed-use category of the UK Property Awards 2014-15, which celebrate the highest level of achievement in the property and real estate sector.

Abbey Sands is a mixed-use development situated in a prominent and unrivalled seafront location, with easy level access along the promenade to Torquay Marina and the town centre. It comprises 27 luxury apartments across five upper levels, and four quality food and drink outlets on the ground floor, all enjoying breathtaking uninterrupted sea views of Tor Bay.

The distinctive design of Abbey Sands was influenced by the Art Deco architectural style of the British seaside, and aims to create a contemporary interpretation of Riviera style. With curving balconies and fine balustrade detailing, in addition to a strong horizontal emphasis, the building resembles an ocean liner.

On the upper floors, the luxury apartments offer an exciting opportunity for a contemporary lifestyle on the English Riviera, which combines the best of both beachfront and urban living. All apartments have 2.5 metre floor to ceiling windows, to maximise residents’ enjoyment of the spectacular panoramic sea views of Tor Bay, and feature the best in contemporary interior design with the highest quality of build, fixtures and fittings.

The ground floor of Abbey Sands comprises four dining outlets, providing al fresco seating within a newly-landscaped promenade area, featuring Mediterranean planting and granite paving. With quality operators Le Bistrot Pierre and Loungers’ The Visto Lounge now open, the development has already enhanced the town’s growing dining proposition, delivering a unique seafront dining experience to both local residents and visitors.

By delivering these new residential and commercial opportunities, Abbey Sands is contributing to the regeneration of Torquay and the wider Torbay area, in addition to helping to deliver further inward investment and creating new employment opportunities for local people.

Gordon Oliver, Mayor of Torbay, comments: “The Abbey Sands development has breathed new life into the Torquay Sea Front area. It provides the town with much-needed high quality residential accommodation and an enhanced fine dining experience. Abbey Sands will undoubtedly attract more new visitors to the Torbay area, thus helping to ensure that Torquay remains a major coastal resort and tourist destination within the UK.”

Phase One of the luxury apartments are now available for purchase, with prices starting from £425,000. For further information and the latest news on the development, visit