Progress Housing Group named as one of UK’s Top Property Developers
Published by lpriest for Progress Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities
St George Place, Kirkham
Lancashire’s Progress Housing Group is celebrating after an innovative scheme to create affordable housing for local people was held up as one of the top 50 affordable housing developments in the UK by industry expert Inside Housing.
The housing group, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, developed the award-winning scheme on the site of the derelict St George Hotel in Kirkam, creating 12 energy efficient apartments for affordable rent including accommodation specifically adapted for wheelchair users.
In its heyday, the then popular St George Hotel was a local landmark for the small market town but had deteriorated in recent years before finally closing its doors in December 2010. The building soon fell into disrepair and began attracting anti-social behaviour and organised crime. Through funding secured from the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA) 2001-2015 Affordable Housing programme, Progress Housing Group was able to buy and redeveloped the site bringing much needed affordable housing to the town.
The new development was named St George Place after the old pub and has been designed to keep the former pub’s unique J shape, which was a local landmark.
Eric Tamanis, Executive Director Business Development and Property Services of Progress Housing Group, said: “Recognition by such a significant and influential panel of experts in the field is a fantastic accolade for the Group. It is testament to the dedication and hard work by the many people involved in this project and the local residents for their support in making it happen.
“Residents are now living in their new homes and we have had extremely positive feedback from the local community who are thrilled with the new development and the contribution the scheme has made to regenerating the area.”
Mrs Jennings, who grew up living on Moor Street in Kirkham and still lives in Kirkham today said: ‘I grew up going around The George as my school friend’s family use to own it; it was always so busy, and I have very fond memories of the place. But I am now so pleased that it has been redeveloped and made into something attractive again, the fact that the apartment block still has the same style and shape as The George is great, and it is still a -lovely looking building for people to look at as they enter our town.’
The new scheme was been built to comply with level three of the Code for Sustainable Homes and fabric first, meaning that the best insulation materials were used in the building of the scheme from the timber to the self-cleaning glass windows.
The scheme also achieved the Secured by Design accreditation by Lancashire Police, the Building for Life Assessment and Lifetime Homes standards.