Lancashire homes given national recognition

Two residential housing projects in Lancashire have earned recognition at the Sunday Times British Homes Awards.

West End One, in Morecambe, earned Best Refurbishment/Conversion of the Year, and Woodnook, in Accrington, received a Highly Commended Award in the Outstanding Placemaking category.

Both projects were completed by developer and landlord Placefirst, which designs, develops, builds, owns and manages a series of neighbourhoods across the North West.

West End One in Morecambe saw an entire block of Victorian guesthouses transformed, while Accrington's Woodnook development earned praise for its design and management of community-focused public space which includes a new village square and park.

David Smith-Milne, managing director of Placefirst, said: "Morecambe and Accrington were of our very first developments and they have set the standard for future projects.

"We are thrilled that our efforts to create homes, unlike anything else in the rental sector, have been recognised on a national level by these awards." Both West End One and Woodnook were delivered in partnership with local authorities and Placefirst were joined at the awards by Tom Brown of Lancaster City Council and Sarah Whittaker of Hyndburn Council.