The review summarises all the things we have achieved over the last twelve months and highlights the many of the key events throughout the year.Continue Reading...
The 2018 Inside Housing Development Awards took place on Thursday 29th November at The Brewery in London.
Attended by over 750 senior housing professionals, the awards celebrate the best in new UK housing, awarding developers and landlords who go the extra mile to create outstanding places and make a meaningful contribution to the current housing crisis.
Placefirst’s transformation of the Welsh Streets was judged to be the Best Build-to-Rent Development in the UK, seeing off stiff competition from large scale build-to-rent developers such as Fizzy Living and Dolphin Square.
The £35m development is regenerating a cluster of 400 empty homes in Toxteth, Liverpool. Set across several streets of Victorian terraces, Placefirst have completely overhauled the properties and surrounding streetscape to reimage the terrace for the 21st century. Larger homes have been created through lateral conversion of adjacent properties, and traditional rear yards and alleys have been replaced by terraces and gardens. These homes now offer best-in-class accommodation for low-to-middle income households and its success has unlocked further regeneration investment within the local neighbourhood.
Martin Ellerby, Head of New Business & Innovation, collected the award on behalf of Placefirst and commented: “Placefirst is a values led business with a clear aim to provide affordable, aspirational homes and places for families that are increasingly reliant on the private rented sector. This win for The Welsh Streets is welcome recognition of all the hard work the team and our partners have put in to deliver this community focused development, and demonstrates that build-to-rent isn’t just about serviced apartment blocks in urban centres”.
The Inside Housing Development Awards were judged by an expert panel of 14 housing executives from the public and private sector including MHCLG, Homes England, RTPI, Design Council and JLL.Continue Reading...
The 2018 Building Awards took place on the evening of 6th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
Now In its 24th year and regarded as one of the most prestigious UK development awards, the event was attended by over 1,400 senior-level directors, chief executives and partners from across the breath of the industry.
Hosted by Rob Brydon and packed with entertainment, the evening was an unparalleled opportunity to highlight success, instil pride and celebrate the very best in UK construction.
Placefirst’s regeneration of The Welsh Streets was awarded Refurbishment Project of the Year, beating off competition from high profile shortlist including The Royal Academy of Arts, The Temperate House at Kew Gardens, and the former BBC Television Centre.
The judges commented: “Welsh Streets is a radical build-to-rent scheme that encourages community and provides a blueprint for developers all around the country to copy.
For a full summary of why the Welsh Streets was chosen at Refurbishment of the Year can be found on the Building website.
The Refurbishment of the Year Award is now the eighth award for The Welsh Streets in 2018, having previously collected three British Homes Awards, three North-West Property Awards, and a Business Insider Liverpool City Region Award.
David Smith-Milne, Managing Director at Placefirst commented:
2018 has been an amazing year for Welsh Streets, but to win this award against such high profile competition is particularly special. Everyone involved in the project has worked so hard to make this a special place for our residents. The homes are unique within Liverpool, offering 21st centrury homes within the shell of traditional Victorian terraces, and setting a new benchmark in affordable market rent”
The Building Awards judges include David Birkbeck (Chief Executive of Design for Homes), Ike Ijeh (Architecture Correspondent at Building) and Lynne Sullivan OBE (Chair of Good Homes Alliance).Continue Reading...
The 2018 NWPAs took place on Thursday 11th October in the Lutyens Crypt at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
Established over 15 years ago, the NWPAs annual awards, created by Move Publishing, have become an important fixture in the North West property community, celebrating the best of residential and commercial development across the region.
Placefirst’s transformation of the Welsh Streets was the big winner on the night, collecting three of thirteen awards, including the coveted Judge’s Special Award which included developments from Barratts, Redrow and David Wilson Homes.
In addition to the Judges Special Award, the Welsh Streets was also collected the Best Regeneration Award, and Best Affordable Housing Award.
David Smith-Milne, Managing Director of Placefirst commented: “Everyone has worked so hard to make the Welsh Streets a great place to live once again, and it’s thanks to the hard work of our team and the support of the council that we are able to celebrate this amazing trio of awards.
The Welsh Streets is preserving the rich heritage of Victorian Liverpool whilst delivering a range of truly modern family homes that create a distinctive mix of ‘old & new’. More importantly though, the Welsh Streets is setting new standards in renting for families that rely on this sector for their housing needs.
The NWPAs judges include Alastair Shepherd, director of Falconer Chester Hall; Lesley Martin-Wright, CEO of Knowsley Chamber and Head of Business Growth for Knowsley Council, and Elaine Cunningham, owner of Elaine Cunningham Design Studio.Continue Reading...
The 2018 Sunday Times British Homes Awards took place on Thursday 20th September, at the luxurious Marriot Grosvenor Square in London.
Attracting hundreds of the housing industry’s leading professionals, the awards celebrate exceptional design, and are the only national awards that recognise every aspect of housebuilding — from one-off houses to major developments, interiors to landscaping, individual extensions to placemaking on a grand scale.
The transformation of the Welsh Streets in Toxteth, Liverpool was the outright winner on the day, collecting three national awards, including the prestigious Judges Award for Excellence. Chosen from the 89 shortlisted entries, including developments by Lend Lease, Crest Nicholson and Argent, the Welsh Streets was selected by the renowned architect Michael Squire – Michael has been a regular Jury Chair for the RIBA Awards and is a member of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea’s Architecture Appraisal Panel.
The Welsh Streets was also the outright winner in the Development Transformation category, beating off stiff competition from Berkeley Homes and The Crown Estate. The Development Transformation Award recognises the best large-scale refurbishment project in the UK.
In its inaugural year at the British Homes Awards, Welsh Streets also won the Housing Crisis Solution Award. This new award celebrates the work in housing to find solutions that are affordable to people on lower incomes. From a shortlist including modular homes from Urban Splash, and micro-apartments from Pocket Living, the judges felt that the Welsh Streets not only delivered on affordability, but also provided a sustainable solution to the issue of empty housing.
Martin Ellerby, Head of New Business & Innovation at Placefirst commented:
“Only two years ago the Welsh Streets was largely recognised as an area of housing failure, deemed fit demolition. Today it’s a thriving neighbourhood where families are literally queuing up to move in. As a Build-to-Rent developer we put the end user at the heart of everything we do, creating homes and places that our residents can be proud of, safe in the knowledge that they are renting with a responsible landlord.
To win three national awards, beating off competition from some of the leading names in UK housing, is testament to the values of Placefirst, a young, dynamic company that is committed to offering a better rental experience to the growing number of households who rely on this sector for their housing needs”.
On Thursday 24th January, over 800 of the region’s top developers and business professionals gathered at EventCity in Greater Manchester to celebrate the annual Insider North West Residential Awards. Now in its third year, the awards recognise the very best of the region’s housebuilding and residential property community and are firmly established as the ‘Oscars’ of the regions residential property sector.Continue Reading...