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Grimsby apartment block wins national award

10:45 am, Monday, 15th November 2021 - 2 weeks ago

Health and wellbeing

THE group behind an apartment block unveiled in Grimsby earlier this year has gone on to win a national award.

Cordage View on Eleanor Street and Convamore Road in Grimsby won the Best Partnership award at the Inside Housing Development Awards in London last week.

North East Lincolnshire Council, EQUANS, J C Pomfret Construction Ltd, Golden Lane Housing and Living Ambitions worked collaboratively to plan and construct the apartments, which offer independent living opportunities for people with adult social care needs.

The awards celebrate councils, housing providers, developers and architects for their work in building exemplary homes and communities across a range of different tenures and contexts.

The site was shortlisted earlier this year, and saw off competition from 8 other entries from across the UK.

Councillor Callum Procter, portfolio holder for economic growth, housing and tourism at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “This project faced some tough challenges, including disruptions to the supply chain due to the pandemic, but succeeded largely due to the incredible work of those involved across each organisation, so it’s fantastic that it’s getting the recognition it deserves.

“As a Council we’re keen to ensure that we have good housing stock in our area, and that includes social housing and housing that promotes independent living for those with adult social care needs.

“Cordage View has contributed to that aim, making use of a £650,000 Department of Health grant to integrate technology into the build to help meet the needs of the tenants.”

Paul Thorpe, operations director at EQUANS said: “It’s superb to be part of a project which has so many benefits, improving the residents’ lives and supporting the regeneration of the area. And as a partner in the project, it’s great to be recognised for the successful delivery of the development.

“True partnership working from start to finish.”

Abdul Latif, director of development at Golden Lane Housing, said: “We are proud that the Cordage View project has received this national award. The project is a brilliant example of how collaboration between partners and innovative thinking can provide accessible and high-quality housing solutions for people with learning disabilities.

“At GLH, our mission is to help people with a learning disability find a quality home around which they can build their lives, and so being able to work alongside partners who believe in this as much as we do, has been fantastic.”

“Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, it’s been a pleasure to support individuals to start the next stage of their lives at Cordage View,” said Caela O’Hara, Area Operations Manager for Living Ambitions.

Living Ambitions is part of Lifeways Group, the UK’s largest team of professionals supporting adults in the community.

“Cordage View offers the best of both worlds: privacy and independence, along with support when needed,” Caela added.

“The individuals we support at Cordage View are proud of their new homes and are looking forward to their future.”

“It’s also been great to work with the North East Lincolnshire Council and Golden Lane Housing, together with other partners, to help make Cordage View a reality.”

John Pomfret, managing director of JCP Construction Ltd, said: “Of all the contracts I’ve had the pleasure to be involved with this one stands out for so many positive reasons.

“Being able to build productive and collaborative working partnerships with so many has been rewarding to say the least. From the offset the project had so many problems – flood risk mitigation, extensive soil contamination, problematic ground conditions and then COVID.

“Nothing can prepare you for the latter but despite this the workers at J C Pomfret Construction along with their trusted sub-contractors carried on regardless. COVID had a major impact on our supply chain but again with the full understanding and backing from NELC, our clients and the project management team at ENGIE we persevered.

“Winning an award is always a pleasure but winning an award that emphasises teamwork from the shop floor through to senior management means so much more.  To me this award is for my entire team whom without their loyalty and hard work this project could easily have ground to halt.”

Local construction firm J C Pomfret Construction Ltd. were responsible for the build and used local labour to complete the project. The firm also worked with a national recruitment agency to provide apprenticeship opportunities to local youngsters.

The Council’s regeneration partner ENGIE helped to oversee the project, offering technical advice throughout.

Golden Lane Housing are the registered provider for the site and Living Ambitions have been appointed as the care provider.

The development has also been shortlisted for the Chartered Institute of Housing Awards Working in Partnership Award and the winners for these awards will be announced later this month.

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