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Thu 29 June 2023
The last 18 months have seen major changes for Wyggestons & Trinity Almshouses, the charity which has been successfully providing sheltered housing, housing related support and care services for vulnerable older people in Leicester for over 700 years.
They have completed an impressive extension to their facilities, named as one of the best construction projects in Leicestershire, having won one of only seven awards given by ProCon Leicestershire awards in 2022, and to top it off they also recently won the respected ‘Inspirational Homes’ - Almshouse Association Award.
Submitted by Andrew Granger & Co. who have provided the estate management for the charity for over 30 years, the award was announced during the Almshouse Association Members Day, in front of esteemed members of the almshouse community, on the 15th of June in Westminster, London.
In winning the award, the Wyggestons & Trinity Almshouses project had to demonstrate elements of innovation in design, exceptional planning, quality of build and value for money.
‘Lancaster House’, the striking new three-storey extension to the already established facilities on Hinckley Road in Leicester, has added high quality accommodation, comprising six bungalows and eight one and two-bedroom flats, as well as a new administration hub, conference room and community lounge.
Originally founded as an Almshouse Charity in 1513, Wyggestons & Trinity Almshouses has now improved current facilities for residents and staff, bringing them in line with modern day requirements whilst providing more housing to expand the amount of older people Wyggestons can assist, through a sustainable development. The project has enabled the charity to accommodate 100s of residents over the years across the Almshouses and residential care facilities, set within five acres of private grounds in the Westcotes Ward suburb and city centre, within easy reach of transport links.
Chris Jones, CEO of Wyggestons & Trinity Almshouses, says: “This award really does top the last year off for us – it doesn’t get much better than this! We couldn’t be prouder of our new facilities and the difference they are making to our residents and visitors, and not to forget the staff too. It’s just wonderful that the project and all the hard work that has gone with it has been recognised in this way.”
Andrew Granger and Co’s role was to manage all the elements and liaise with the key stakeholders to bring the extension to fruition, whilst working alongside local architect Corporate Architecture.
Andrew Robinson, Professional Director at Andrew Granger & Co., adds: “We’re very lucky to have a such a good working relationship with Wyggestons & Trinity Almshouses, so despite the challenges and hard work that undoubtedly comes with a project of this size it has been a real pleasure to be a part of it. The award win was much deserved and we’re extremely happy for our client.”
More information on Wyggestons can be found at www.wyggestons.org.uk.
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