The historic area of Whitefield was shortlisted this week for a property Oscar in the 2015 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) North West Awards.

The recently completed Presbytery scheme was submitted for the prestigious award as the last piece in the jigsaw of the £9 million transformation of Whitefield.

Fourteen new family houses, 18 refurbished heritage terraces and a new green open space now occupy the site of the former Presbytery which was derelict for many years.

The scheme now forms the centre piece within Whitefield’s transformation.

Julie Palmer, Senior Regeneration Officer for Pendle Council explained: “These awards are for the most inspirational initiatives in the UK. “Hundreds of projects are entered nationally, so it’s great news that we’ve been recognised,” she said.

The Presbytery scheme has been an exciting collaboration between PEARL2 and the Great Places Housing Group.

Architects Liberata were the designers of scheme and Pendle Council created the green open space for the community.

PEARL2, the pioneering joint venture company run by Pendle Council and local contractor, investor and developer, Barnfield Construction have lead on the ambitious programme in Whitefield over recent years.

Tim Webber, Managing Director of Barnfield and a board member of PEARL said: “As a Pendle developer, based less than two miles away, we’re proud to have played a big part in this stunning housing scheme and in creating a new future in this area of Nelson.”

Anyone interested in buying or renting a quality home in Whitefield can visit for all the details and a gallery of photographs.

PEARL2’s collaborated with the Great Places Housing Group to create the stunning new three bedroom family homes, called Marsden Rise which are available to rent or buy.

Matthew Harrison, Chief Executive of Great Places, said: “We’re excited to be part of Whitefield’s regeneration.”

The successful award entry highlighted:

  • The large scale investment in the area including the refurbishment of 80 Victorian ‘tardis terraces’ into deceptively spacious modernised homes
  • Flexible choices to help people afford a great quality home to buy or rent , including shared ownership options on Great Places new homes, Marsden Rise, through Plumlife
  • A new green open space with trees and seating for the community to enjoy
  • The sensitive transformation of the conservation area in this historic part of Nelson
  • The new state of the art £9 million nursery and infant school rated by Ofsted as “Outstanding”.

Visit the WHITEFIELD case study here

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