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Topping out ceremony celebrates Port Sunlight development

14 December 2014
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Sanctuary Group has marked its progress at its Wharf Street development in Port Sunlight with a ‘topping out’ ceremony to celebrate reaching the highest point of the building.

What is Sanctuary’s Port Sunlight development?

The leading housing and care provider started construction in Port Sunlight earlier this year in a project which is transforming former factory land into a new housing development and creating much needed employment opportunities in the process.

How many homes will be created at Port Sunlight?

The last few remaining roof tiles are now being laid at this £6.5 million scheme, forming a total of 250,000 tiles which will ensure the roof structure is in-keeping with the surrounding buildings. This initiative at the former Lever factory site, part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency and constructed by Seddon, will see the creation of 58 new homes, comprising 43 two-bedroom and 15 one-bedroom apartments for those aged 55 or over. All will be available on an affordable rental basis.

To mark the topping out ceremony and the new opportunities the development promises to bring to the local area, Sanctuary invited local councillors along to Wharf Street to see the progress at the site first hand.

Working in partnership

Sanctuary Group is working in partnership with Wirral Council on this initiative, which is due to be completed in spring 2015.

David Soothill, Sanctuary’s head of operations – Chester, said: “It’s fantastic to reach the topping out stage of this unique development. It is providing much-needed new homes that will allow older residents to downsize yet stay local and will also benefit the younger sector of the community, by delivering job and training opportunities on site.”

Cllr George Davies, Wirral Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Engagement, added: "I visited this site when construction was beginning in spring this year; it is incredible to see the progress since then. Having enough appropriate and affordable quality housing across the borough to meet the diverse and changing needs of the community is a priority. This new development, which will provide a large number of affordable rented homes for residents aged over 55, is very significant and it is great to be here for the topping out ceremony."

Background to the Port Sunlight 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 buildings, many of which are Grade II listed and its public spaces.

Sanctuary’s Wharf Street development is being built on land formerly occupied by industrial buildings linked to Lever’s factory and will help to regenerate this corner of the village, with a design in keeping with existing architecture nearby.