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Wyggestons & Trinity Almshouses secures another award win

Thu 28 September 2023

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards has named Wyggestons & Trinity Almshouses the regional winner of the Best Purpose-Built Accommodation award for 2023.

This award recognises purpose-built accommodation for specific residential groups such as: student accommodation, care homes, staff accommodation at hospitals, sheltered housing and boarding houses.

In 2022 Wyggestons & Trinity Almshouse charity completed a much-anticipated extension to their facilities which has been successfully providing sheltered housing, housing related support and care services for vulnerable older people in Leicester for over 700 years.

‘Lancaster House’, the striking 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.

In winning the LABC award, the Wyggestons & Trinity Almshouses project had to demonstrate, building regulation compliance, performance and sustainability, innovation and problem-solving, inclusivity and accessibility, and site and project management.

This award follows the new scheme being 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 the respected ‘Inspirational Homes’ - Almshouse Association Award in 2023.

As a regional LABC Building Excellence award winner, Wyggestons & Trinity Almshouses is now also a shortlisted finalist for the national LABC awards taking place in London in January 2024.

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: “We’re thrilled that our extension project has won a further award. 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 scheme and all the hard work that has gone into it continues to be 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 not at all surprised that Wyggestons & Trinity Almshouses has won another award given what a success the project has been and what it has added to the facilities at the site – it’s well deserved and we’re extremely happy for our client. 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.”

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*Photography courtesy of Corporate Architecture.