Top award for Lancashire homes project

PRIDE: The winning Lancaster scheme

PRIDE: The winning Lancaster scheme

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A project which has transformed a former Lancashire mental health hospital has triumphed over the region’s most inspirational property schemes to gain top honours at this year’s Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors North West Awards.

The refurbishment of Lancaster Moor won the Residential accolade for transforming the building into homes.

After closing in 2000, the site languished for several years on the Buildings at Risk register.

However, Landowner, P J Livesey saved the listed buildings by enabling new build development to be carried out by their partner, Story Homes, in total creating 400 attractive new flats and houses.

RICS judges praised the project team for creating what they described as stunning, high-quality homes that will significantly benefit the Lancaster market.

The final phase of the scheme will consist of approximately 180 apartments, together with seven houses in Campbell House and three new build houses, with completion expected in 2016.

Chair of the RICS North West Awards judging panel, Will Rees of Rees Straw Chartered Surveyors said: “The standard of entries this year was phenomenal, so our panel had an extremely tough job selecting the shortlist of 45 schemes, let alone the winners.

“This is a fantastic achievement and something which the teams behind the projects should be immensely proud of.”