Lee Park scheme shortlisted for prestigious award

Wednesday 03 June 2015

Riverside is celebrating in Liverpool on being shortlisted alongside its partner design and development agencies for a national award recognising the design of its newest retirement living complex, Joseph Williams Mews.

The Housing Design Awards, which are sponsored by the Homes and Communities Agency and Department for Communities and Local Government, recognise excellence in housing architecture and design. Riverside's Joseph Williams Mews in Belle Vale has been shortlisted for 'Best Project 2015'.

Joseph Williams Mews - Belle Vale, Liverpool

Joseph Williams Mews Scheme

The £9.1 million, 70-home project has been developed by Riverside housing association and design agency DK-Architects, in partnership withLiverpool City Council, contractor Lovell and landscape architects AJP, following the increased demand for one and two bedroom housing for older people in the area.

Dot Kelly, Area Manager for Riverside, said, "our team is delighted that the panel of the national Housing Design Awards has shortlisted Joseph Williams Mews for this year's Best Project.

The purpose built accommodation meets the needs of the ageing population in Lee Valley and comes at a time of wide regeneration in the area. The finished retirement development will be modern and inviting with a staffed reception area, community café and wellbeing suites. We hope Joseph Williams Mews will become a valuable hub for local events and activities used by the wider community."

The buildings have been designed as a series of urban blocks within landscaped parks to allow green space into the suburban area in accordance with a Green Space Strategy promoting social inclusion and human interaction. Predominately brick and slate, the buildings' design relates to a terraced street with a landscaped exterior which has been designed for happy residents and a viable, successful community.

"We are pleased to see that the hard work of everyone at DK-Architects, Riverside and our other partner agencies on the Joseph Williams Mews development is being commended by the Housing Design Awards panel. We hope to see it become a truly community driven project," says Tom Kirby of DK-Architects.

Joseph Williams Mews consists of a total of 70 homes - 56 affordable rent apartments as well as 12 apartments and two bungalows available to buy on a shared ownership basis.

David Robinson, Marketing Officer at Riverside's Home Ownership division said, "we were inundated with enquiries from potential buyers for our retirement homes at Joseph Williams Mews, and almost all were reserved for sale months before completion. 

Our shared owners have quickly settled in to this fantastic new development and are already enjoying all the comforts and benefits of a new home designed specifically with their needs in mind."

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