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Award success for Merseyside retirement living scheme

20 April 2016
Darcy Court, Port Sunlight

Sanctuary Group is celebrating after its Darcy Court retirement living scheme in Merseyside was declared a winner at a prestigious regional awards ceremony.

The leading housing provider’s development in Port Sunlight received an accolade for the Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development in the North West at the region’s LABC Building Excellence Awards.

Darcy Court, Port Sunlight

The £6.5m affordable housing scheme, which includes 43 two-bed and 15 one-bed apartments for rent, has been built on land formerly occupied by industrial buildings on Wharf Street and will help regenerate this corner of the village.

The village of Port Sunlight was created by William Lever in the late 1800s to house workers at his nearby soap works. It was designated as a Conservation Area in 1978 and is recognised both locally and further afield as being of major historical significance in terms of its town planning, its public spaces and its public buildings, many of which are Grade II listed.

The LABC Building Excellence Awards 2016 celebrate the best construction in the region and recognise the difference strong partnership arrangements can make in achieving high standards.

“We are proud of what we have achieved”

Mark Birkin, development manager for Sanctuary, said: “Port Sunlight is a village steeped in history and Darcy Court has kept those 19th century characteristics while combining them with 21st century affordable housing. Not only is it delivering much-needed homes, particularly benefiting older residents looking to downsize, but has also offered excellent job and training opportunities for local young people.”

“We are proud of what we have achieved, together with our partners, and we are thrilled to have won this award.”

Built by Sanctuary’s appointed contractor Seddon, the development benefited from funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

As part of Sanctuary’s commitment to creating employment and training opportunities in the local community, six apprentices and one trainee were supported on the project, providing skills such as plumbing, plastering, painting and electrical.