CPUK to create a new chapter for Lancaster’s historic canalside

Construction Partnership UK (CPUK) is set to start work on a £2m waterside family housing development in Lancaster.

Lancaster CanalThe company has been appointed by H20 – a national joint venture company between the Canal & River Trust (former British Waterways) and property development company Bloc – to transform a disused historic canal wharf in the city centre.

Aldcliffe Yard, which overlooks the Lancaster Canal and is in a conservation area, will include a mix of new-build three and four-bedroom houses as well as refurbished three, four and five-bedroom homes created out of two listed, stone canal buildings.

West Lancashire-based CPUK’s refurbishment work on the disused buildings will include structural and roof repairs.

The company will also carry out alterations to the existing highway. Landscaping and creating new car parking are also part of the project.

House prices will start at £295,000 and work is expected to be completed by July next year. The contemporary-style properties have been designed by architecture practice PRP, which has offices in London, Manchester and Surrey.

The composition of the H2O partnership means that part of the profits from the development will be re-invested in the canal network for public benefit.

Mike Atkinson, H2O project manager, said: “We launched the homes for sale in the summer and already half the plots are sold.

“Opportunities to buy into a historic and sought-after heritage area alongside the Lancaster canal don't come along very often.” This latest contract adds to CPUK’s growing order book in all sectors, which now stands at more than £30m for the next 12 months.