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Stoke-on-Trent extra care win prestigious design-and-build awards

Extra care scheme in Stoke-on-Trent, Maple West has won a prestigious award for innovative design and its positive impact on communities.

The Sapphire scheme in Chell, built for Stoke-on-Trent City Council and managed by Your Housing Group, was the residential category winner at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards 2018, West Midlands. All category winners go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final on 2 November 2018 in London, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category. The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. They celebrate the achievements and successes of RICS professionals and their impact on local communities.

Councillor Randy Conteh, cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city said.  “We are delighted that the development has been recognised by RICS. The facility was built on the former Westcliffe Hospital site and where possible, sympathetic restoration of some original features was carried out which adds to the appeal of the facility”.

Sapphire Extra Care Ltd consists of developer Kajima, Seddon, Your Housing Group and Eric Wright Group. Together with Willow Barns in Blurton and Oak Priory in Abbey Hulton, all three sites were designed by PRP Architects who already have more than 100 architectural awards to their name. They provide a total of 390 high-quality extra care apartments for Stoke-on-Trent.

The Sapphire schemes could yet win more awards.

Oak Priory has also been nominated for a Housing Design Award and the overall winner will be announced on July 2. Willow Barns has been nominated for a regional win in Royal Institute of British Architect’s (RIBA) annual awards, due to be announced on May 22. Regional winners are considered for the highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will be announced in June.