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SpiralOur Heritage

Hillcrest Homes was formed in 1985 as the residential arm of a Cheshire based construction and property maintenance company.

Under the stewardship of MD, Michael Kennedy, Hillcrest established itself as a leading developer of high quality new homes across Cheshire, South Manchester and Manchester City Centre.

Its award-winning portfolio contains examples of properties for homebuyers at all stages of the property ladder; from small select family developments in desirable suburbs and innovative city centre townhouses and apartment schemes, to strikingly original one-off designs in the area’s most prestigious postcodes. Visit the developments page to view our previous projects.

An assisted MBO in 2015 saw Hillcrest become part of Nikal, the property development and regeneration company behind a number of landmark residential and mixed use multi-million pound schemes in London, Birmingham, Manchester and overseas.

Re-launched as Hillcrest Homes (est1985) Ltd under the Nikal Group umbrella, Hillcrest continues to deliver premium residential schemes and has expanded its operations with innovative new housing developments across the North West and the rest of the UK.

Hillcrest Homes is an award winning residential homebuilder. Its property portfolio has attracted critical acclaim with numerous accolades received for design excellence, quality of build and luxury specification.

Awards received to date include:


Northern Design Awards Winner – Best New Build – Riverside Place, Knutsford

Northern Design Awards Finalist – Best Architectural Design Concept – Residenza, Ancoats


Northern Design Awards Finalist – ‘Best Luxury House Over £1M’ for Sleepy Hollow, Prestbury

Northern Design Awards Finalist – ‘Best Innovative Design’ for Sleepy Hollow, Prestbury

Northern Design Awards Finalist – ‘Best Family Development’ for The Square, Didsbury


International Design & Property Awards Finalist – ‘Best Residential Development Priced £2m – £5m’ for Wrenwood, Hale


Manchester Society of Architects Design Awards Special Commendation – ‘Best Small Scale Residential Development’ for Wrenwood, Hale


LABC Built in Quality for Graythwaite, Prestbury
LABC Best in Cheshire Award for Graythwaite, Prestbury

LABC ‘Best One Off’ home in the UK for Graythwaite, Prestbury

Design et al ‘Coutts Best Home over £1M’ for Graythwaite, Prestbury

Northern Design Awards ‘Best Luxury Development’ for Graythwaite, Prestbury


LABC Built in Quality Award for Little Meadows, Alderley Edge
LABC Best in Cheshire Award for Little Meadows, Alderley Edge


LABC Built in Quality Award for Old Braestead, Prestbury


LABC Built in Quality Award for Wood House, Prestbury

Our Video

Hillcrest’s approach to the creation of an award winning property or development starts with a vision – a unique response to the location and to the aspirations, ambitions and requirements of those who would like to live there. From this point, we begin to dream and to turn ideas and vision into the design for a stunning new home…


  • ’15

    Michael Kennedy leads an MBO of Hillcrest Homes with property development and regeneration firm Nikal. Hillcrest becomes Hillcrest Homes (est 1985) Ltd and moves to new offices in MyBuro in Altrincham.

  • ’12

    Work starts on Riverside Place in Knutsford.

    Work starts on Westbook Villas in Chorlton.

  • ’11

    Stewart Chance joins Hillcrest as Sales & Development Manager.
    The SquareWork starts on The Square in Didsbury.

  • ’10

    Work starts at Sleepy Hollow in Prestbury.

  • ’07

    Little Meadows in Alderley Edge receives LABC Built in Quality and Best in Cheshire Awards.

  • ’06

    Old Braestead in Prestbury receives LABC Built in Quality Award.

    Works starts on Littledales Park in Hartford, 36 homes – Hillcrest’s biggest.


  • ’05

    Wood House in Prestbury receives LABC Built in Quality Award.


  • ’01

    Michael Kennedy joins Hillcrest Homes as Sale Director and is promoted to Managing Director in 2002.


  • ’99-01

    Hillcrest continues work on a portfolio of luxury developments across South Manchester and Cheshire including Poynton and Hale Barns.


  • ’98

    Hillcrest completes its first city centre development ‘China House’ on Harter Street, Manchester – a luxury apartment schme within a refurbished warehouse.


  • ’85

    Hillcrest Homes Ltd established by Cruden Construction as a developer of small select high quality developments in the Merseyside and Warrington area.