Crest Nicholson is a house building company based in Chertsey, the United Kingdom. Founded by Bryan Skinner in 1963, the company develops apartments as well as houses and commercial properties. Its target market is first time buyers as well as families and investors.
Crest Nicholson sought to differentiate itself in the industry, in its early years, by investing in construction companies such as En-Tout-Cas instead of holding large stocks of land. In 1972, the company bought Camper & Nicholson, consequently venturing into yacht making business. It consequently bought Lamson Engineering in 1975 as well as Crofton in 1979 and Greenwood electronics in 1983.
The company was taken private in 2007 after accepting a buyout offer of £715 million from a consortium led by HBO. However, it did relist on the London Stock Exchange in 2013. In 2018, Crest Nicholson confirmed plans to pull out of London as part of a cost-cutting measure. The company is to close its central offices in London.