THE Blenheim Palace estate's housing developer is in the running for an award after its use of new technology was praised.

Blenheim Estate Homes has been shortlisted for the Estates Gazette Future of Real Estate Award.

Judges were looking for businesses or individuals that are utilising new technologies, new methods or new ways of thinking to deliver a real estate proposition for the future.

Blenheim, centred on Woodstock, is the only representative of land and estates in the category, which showcases developments in tech and the built environment, modern methods of construction and urbanisation.

Roger File, property director for Blenheim Estates, said: “We hope that our approach encourages others to consider how they build too, because together we can change the way houses are built in the UK. Alongside our commitment to affordable housing and community building, we also want to build truly sustainable developments."