Calico Homes project to deliver quality housing on a former derelict mill site in Padiham triumphed over the North West’s most impressive and community property projects to win a top accolade.
The Perseverance Mill site in Padiham won the Regeneration category award at the RICS Awards North West for blending 56-quality new homes with existing heritage and reopening the nearby river which had previously been concealed for decades beneath the mill building.
Calico Homes invested £6m into the development – which has replaced a well-known eyesore in Padiham – with a mix of houses, bungalows and apartments, all available for rent and built by Ring Stones Maintenance and Construction.
RICS Judges were impressed by the strong partnership between the project team – Ainsley Gommon Architects, Calico Homes and Poole Dick Associates – the community and council to deliver attractive housing with impressive attention to detail, enabling the homes to be respectful of the design and layout of homes in nearby surrounding streets.
Wendy Malone, Assistant Director of Calico Homes said: “I am really proud to be part of the project team who worked with diligence and determination to renovate this dilapidated site into spacious quality homes for 56 families.
“The uncovering of the river has transformed the landscape and has greatly improved the neighbourhood for residents to enjoy their surroundings. The collaboration between Calico Homes, Ring Stones Maintenance and Construction, the local authority and Homes England has really made a difference to people’s lives.”
Chairman of the judging panel for the RICS Awards, North West, Will Rees of Rees Straw Chartered Surveyors, commented: “A diverse range of innovative projects, of all sizes and budgets, made the shortlist this year and the winners are truly representative of our region’s best and most innovative built projects that are having a significant positive impact on their communities. The teams behind these winning projects should be very proud of their exceptional achievements and contribution to the region.”