Success for Yorkshire property development team in national awards

A team of Yorkshire businesses led by York-based developer Northminster Ltd., has won national acclaim at the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards 2017 Grand Final.

Clementhorpe Maltings, a development of six contemporary town houses in York, beat tough competition from around the UK to scoop the coveted Residential Award.

The RICS judges were particularly impressed by the way the entire team including Leeds-based Mesh Architects, surveyors LHL Group from York, Topping Engineers of Harrogate and Croft Farm Construction also from York, worked closely together with client Northminster Ltd.

to realise their ambitious plan to unlock the potential of the historic Grade II listed industrial building, which had lain empty since the 1960s. The judges said: “This scheme is an exemplar of teamwork, tenacity and courage to tackle a difficult project… It was the creative and collaborative problem solving, ‘can-do’ attitude and evident team spirit that set this entry apart.”

The project was delivered with an innovative profit-share agreement between Northminster and York City Council, who originally owned the building.

Historically it had been impossible to solve the combination of challenges presented by structural instability, flood resilience, conservation of rare industrial artefacts, sensitive archaeological surroundings and the Grade II listing, which made it too costly for the council to tackle the Maltings building.

The project was made financially viable by an innovative plan to divide the volume of the Maltings vertically, to create town houses, rather than the more typical apartment layout. This enabled the developer to create six three-storey properties with basement storage, whilst retaining many of the old maltings artefacts in their original position.

Commenting on the project, Ian Collins, design director at Mesh Architects, said: “It’s been a real privilege to be involved in the conservation and transformation of Clementhorpe Maltings. Our aim was always to preserve and respect the DNA of the original industrial architecture and archaeology of the building, whilst securing its future for the next chapter of its life.”

Clementhorpe Maltings is one of a series of high quality projects that Northminster Ltd have delivered in and around York, including the recently-completed Nelson’s Yard development.

Managing director George Burgess said: “It’s particularly satisfying that this sensitive but practical re-use of an historic building has been recognised as a shining example of excellent residential development by the RICS.

“Whilst the conservation of Clementhorpe Maltings, which was at risk of becoming unsalvageable through neglect, was a key concern, our primary aim is always to create great places to live for our customers. For this reason an award that recognises this is especially significant to the whole team.”

Clementhorpe Maltings has already won both the residential and building conservation prizes in the RICS Awards 2017 for Yorkshire and Humber, as well as being recognised by the Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA) in its annual awards for Best Creative Re-use of an Industrial Building.


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