IMPORTANT HERITAGE BUILDINGS SAVED IN STROUD

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September, 2019

Standish Estate Purchase Completed 

We have just completed the purchase of the Standish Estate, a beautiful 32-acre site near Stroud in Gloucestershire within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

At the heart of this glorious wooded estate are a cluster of historic buildings that span the centuries, including a Grade 2 listed Georgian manor house. The estate was most recently used as a hospital and other buildings include two Art Deco style ward buildings and a distinctive hydrotherapy pool house.

The main hospital closed in 2004 and earlier this year we received planning permission to convert the existing buildings into 48 homes and within the grounds will build some brand new homes designed specifically for this unique location.

We will also be making extensive improvements to the grounds including new footpaths and improved open spaces to make the most of the unique mature landscaped and incorporating a range of ecological habitat improvements, including new homes for rare species of bats.

Director James Woodmansee said: “We are very pleased to now be in a position to start work to save these important heritage buildings and give them new purpose, using our experience in dealing with complex sites where creative solutions are required.

“While the site has a number of complex constraints, the unique setting with hundreds of mature trees and stunning views over the open countryside, combined with a group of heritage assets on a scale rarely seen in the UK, provide the foundation for an exceptional development.

“It has taken many of years of hard work to get to this point, working closely with Homes England and the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, our team of designers and consultants, Stroud District Council, the local Parish Councils and local residents. We were delighted that the efforts to strike the delicate balance between providing a long-term future for the heritage assets and minimising impact on the special setting were recognised by the planning committee members with their unanimous decision.

“After being boarded up for more than a decade, the buildings are in a poor state of repair and were in danger of being lost forever. We will use all our skills and expertise, learned over four decades, to bring them back to life and create a truly stunning development that respects this unique and beautiful location.”

Standish House, together with its adjoining stable block, will be converted to 20 grand houses and apartments, and the two distinctive Art Deco style ward buildings will be converted to 26 properties. The hydrotherapy pool building, which was previously considered for demolition, will be converted into two properties.

Ranged across the site the 99 new build homes, from two-bedroom starter homes to larger family semi-detached and detached houses, will provide a diverse range of properties each designed specifically for the site.

 

 

St. James Portsmouth – Recently Acquired

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July, 2019

PORTSMOUTH SITE RECENTLY ACQUIRED

We are very proud to have been selected to bring forward proposals to redevelop a large hospital site in Portsmouth.

St James’ Hospital, close to the sea front at Southsea, consists of a number of handsome Grade 2 listed buildings set in 25 acres of parkland.

There is a well-loved cricket pitch and pavilion and a Grade 2 listed chapel that will be retained with options for community use.

The buildings are recently vacant after NHS services were relocated to new facilities in the city and we are now consulting with the local community on how they would like to see the site developed.

P J Livesey Director, James Woodmansee, said: “The St James’ Hospital site is a landmark for Portsmouth and one that demands a unique solution. We have the extensive knowledge and experience to do this and to do it well and will be working alongside the City Council and the city’s conservation team

“This is an opportunity to redefine residential development within Portsmouth, providing unrivalled new homes on a scale that can make a real difference to the mix available, making the best use of a brownfield site and securing a long-term future for a significant range of listed buildings.

“It is an opportunity not to be squandered and our uncompromising approach to quality and heritage will create an exemplar development the local community and the wider City will be proud of.”

The first Community Consultation Event is being held on Wednesday July 17th between 2.30pm and 7.30pm at Portsmouth and Southsea Cricket Club, Locksway Road, Portsmouth. PO4 8LD

St James’ Hospital, close to the sea front at Southsea, consists of a number of handsome Grade 2 listed buildings set in 25 acres of parkland.

There is a well-loved cricket pitch and pavilion and a Grade 2 listed chapel that will be retained with options for community use.

The buildings are recently vacant after NHS services were relocated to new facilities in the city and we are now consulting with the local community on how they would like to see the site developed.

P J Livesey Director, James Woodmansee, said: “The St James’ Hospital site is a landmark for Portsmouth and one that demands a unique solution. We have the extensive knowledge and experience to do this and to do it well and will be working alongside the City Council and the city’s conservation team

“This is an opportunity to redefine residential development within Portsmouth, providing unrivalled new homes on a scale that can make a real difference to the mix available, making the best use of a brownfield site and securing a long-term future for a significant range of listed buildings.

“It is an opportunity not to be squandered and our uncompromising approach to quality and heritage will create an exemplar development the local community and the wider City will be proud of.”

The first Community Consultation Event is being held on Wednesday July 17th between 2.30pm and 7.30pm at Portsmouth and Southsea Cricket Club, Locksway Road, Portsmouth. PO4 8LD

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Giving Art a New Home

Didsbury Arts Festival at Green Walk

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June, 2019

Giving Art a New Home

As part of the Didsbury Arts Festival, Green Walk will feature as a Pop Up Art gallery to showcase the work of local artists. 

One of our gorgeous properties at Green Walk in Didsbury has been turned into a Pop Up Art gallery to showcase the work of local artists.

‘Giving Art a New Home’ is part of our sponsorship of the bi-annual Didsbury Arts Festival and we are proud to support this ambitious and inspiring ten-day festival of arts and culture which takes place in locations across the area.

We collaborated with Helena Hulova-Sharpe who runs the Everyman Art Gallery on Wilmslow Road and is Visual Arts Co-ordinator for the Festival.

Work includes abstract artwork by Suzanne Bethell, full of joy, movement and life; former architect, Kevin Pockock’s bold colourful statements and pieces by Patrick Cunningham which reflect the history of Manchester and development of the cotton industry.

Complementing the art work are sculptural pieces by Martin Hedges.

All the pieces are looking for a new permanent home – with prices ranging from £150 – £4,000.

The Green Walk gallery runs from June 27th – June 30th after which we encourage you to visit the Everyman Art Gallery where Green Walk residents can enjoy a special price as a Welcome to Didsbury.

For full details on Didsbury Arts Festival Click here.

We would love to see you there.

Open House at The Cedars

Open House at The Cedars

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April, 2019

Open House at The Cedars

One for the curious…  The P J Livesey Group is opening the doors of The Cedars at 825 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury!

Come and join P J Livesey for a one-off chance for the  public to take a look inside this historic Grade II listed house on Saturday April 6th.

Respected local historian Diana Leitch will be sharing stories of the property and describing how Didsbury would have been when the property was first built in 1857.

This is a unique opportunity ahead of work starting to convert the building into grand apartments. The house forms part of the redevelopment of the site into ‘825 Didsbury’, and is set to be the town’s most exclusive new address.

Places will be strictly limited due to space restrictions, and therefore will be allocated on a first come first served basis. You can find out more about the availability of spaces  here.

Work elsewhere on site is well underway with construction of new houses already up to first floor level. The conversion of the existing Parklands building into sleek modern apartments is also progressing fast.

To keep up to date with the latest sales information along with first phase release dates at 825 Didsbury please register your interest.

Didsbury Art Festival 2019 at Green Walk

Didsbury Arts Festival at Green Walk

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March, 2019

Didsbury Arts Festival at Green Walk

P J Livesey is proud to announce that we are again Gold Sponsors of the Didsbury Arts Festival.

This varied Festival – delivered by the community for the community.
A wonderful mix of art / music / drama and sheer fun. Taking place at a wide range of venues across the south Manchester suburb for two weeks at the end of June.

At DAF 17 we sponsored a sound stage in Didsbury Park for a day long music event and picnic.
Excitingly, this year one of the new build properties at our Green Walk development will act as a pop up art gallery for three locally based artists.

The Festival is for everyone – Didsbury resident or not – so please mark the dates June 22nd to June 30th in your diary and look out for the programme being announced.

For full details on Didsbury Arts Festival Click here.

We would love to see you there.

Best House in Town

Best House in Town!

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February, 2019

The Residence York. Best House in Town

A duplex apartment in The Residence – our conversion of the former Terry’s Chocolate factory – has been voted the best apartment in York in the BBC’s Best House in Town series.

It was lovely to see the iconic Grade II listed building looking very fine on the small screen and to hear the comments of the judges as they opened cupboards, inspected bathrooms and cast a critical eye over the space.

You can watch the series here >

It is also a tribute to the interior design skills of owners Sarah and Glen who have created a sumptuous and sophisticated interior. The couple moved from a big house in the country with their seven-year-old son to the spacious duplex and say life is now “just easier”!

Asked what they liked about the development they said: “Internal features, the external features, the functionality of the fittings, the history and the location” – just about everything then!

The Residence apartment now goes through to the programme final against another three properties all aiming to be named Best House in Town.

The P J Livesey involvement at the former Terry’s Chocolate works continues and we are about to start work on converting the site’s landmark Clock Tower into 22 unique apartments.

These too will be very special places to live and with such a limited number interest is already very high.

People who register their interest will be the first to hear news of confirmed build times and details of individual apartments which will range from one bedroom to three bedroom plots.

Click here to lodge your details: Register your interest >