First look | Parbold Redevelopment

June, 2024

First Look | Parbold Redevelopment

First look at the planned redevelopment of Lancashire’s historic former convent revealed

We’ve unveiled a first look at the plans to restore Lancaster House, a Victorian former convent in Parbold village, into a community of 23 exemplary homes.

The first artist impression of what the stunning restored historic villa will look like once complete has now been revealed for this stunning development now rebranded as, The Retreat.

First built in 1845 for local industrialist Hugh Ainscough, Lancaster House later became the home of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, being used as a convent from 1929 for over 90 years.

Plans to transform the historic site were unanimously approved last year. Now, enabling work has started to ready the walled 6.5 acre plot for its transformation.

Set to be available for buyers to reserve off-plan this summer, The Retreat will see the main house sensitively refurbished and repurposed into four grand heritage homes, with original retained features including a sweeping staircase and ornate ceilings. Other historic properties, including an adjoining cottage and stables, will also be reimagined into homes.

Elsewhere, energy efficient new homes will sit sensitively alongside the old. They’ll be built to the highest energy-efficiency ratings and feature extensive insulation, solar panels, EV charging facilities, triple glazing, underfloor heating and mechanical ventilation systems. To further upgrade the property the company also offers the option to purchase a solar battery storage unit.

The extensive walled gardens are set to become a major selling point.

Mature trees, hedged walkways, quiet seating spots and tranquil formal gardens will surround the properties, with re-opened paths creating a new trail for people to soak up the surrounding nature.

Georgina Lynch, Managing Director at PJ Livesey Group, said:

“Lancaster House and the surrounding historic buildings have beautiful bones, but they’re in need of care and attention. We’re proud to be starting work to restore and repurpose the site, writing the next chapter in a way that preserves and celebrates its lengthy past.

“Once done, The Retreat will be a truly special place to live. Whether people go for the historic homes or the neighbouring energy efficient new homes, all will enjoy the unique setting of the peaceful walled gardens within walking distance of the bustling village centre. We’re excited to get going on site and reveal more.”

Set in rural West Lancashire but with good rail links to Manchester and Liverpool, Parbold is fast becoming a desirable village. Homes at The Retreat will be available to reserve off-plan from summer 2024 and are expected to be completed in 2025.

Those wanting to be the first to receive information on the homes can register using the button below.

Shaping the Landscape at Standish

April, 2024

Shaping the Landscape at Standish

The joys of living at Green Walk at Standish is experiencing the changes of the seasons

The 34-acres of mature woodland is bordered by fields and rolling hillside which create a naturalists’ dream.

While some of the ancient trees were planted by Lord Sherborne to create a splendid Victorian arboretum we have been planting new specimens since we acquired the site and they are helping create new and added interest.

Eric Grabham and his landscape team have been on site with us at the Standish pretty much full time since we started redevelopment three years ago and he knows every inch of the extensive grounds.

Eric recalls: “The NHS had basically abandoned the grounds without maintenance for years so most areas became overgrown with brambles and the thickets of shrubs and trees needed pruning and maintenance.

“There are some wonderful specimens here, including the rare Cork Oak Tree, with a number of other species of oak and other veteran trees that were retained

“We wanted to create all year interest and the winter flowering cherries we planted created a wonderful display this year. Those trees will continue to grow & develop along with dozens of other new trees planted

“Green Walk is truly a hidden gem. As you drive up the lane leading to the entrance you catch a glimpse of the development, with new build houses sitting alongside renovated and adapted existing.

“As you turn off the lane and drive towards the heart of the site you would not believe there is a little village up there set in 32 acres.

“I walked around the Westridge this week reviewing jobs to be carried out, I reflected on what a lovely area it is to live. It was an early spring day with sunshine, warm, blue sky, the birds were singing and the trees were awakening after their winter dormancy

“Wildlife is slowly reclaiming parts of the estate; the Monkjac are coming back – shy little deer about the size of an Alsation. Like most deer they like peace and quiet but they’ve been back down and have been nibbling plants at the top of the site. Roe deer are common in the wood beyond the eastern boundary of the site but the little Monkjac is wonderful to see.

“Green Walk is a lovely mix of modern living, where your home is modern & efficient, yet you are in a rural environment and two minutes from a bridle path with access to woods on your doorstep. I have friends who live there who love the mix of being in a rural environment yet just minutes away from the local town & motorway access

“At the start we had half a dozen employees in site every day of the week and we are now seeing the plants that we put in at the start growing and the trees developing – and as always there is a constant list of jobs to attend deal with!

“A lot of us live within 20 minutes of Standish, I can even see the village by the River Severn where I live from site, so for all of us it is personal.

“As an experienced landscaping organisation we can deal with standard new build developments easily but Green Walk is totally different. It is a unique one-off project with unique challenges for us to overcome.

“This is the jewel in the crown for us – an amazing project to work on and we are really proud to leave a new legacy for future generations to enjoy.”

Jamie’s Testimonial | Kings Gate Macclesfield

June, 2024

Making new Memories at King’s Gate Macclesfield

Jamie and his son are also totally smitten with Macclesfield

Jamie and his teenage son swapped a period property for a contemporary, energy efficient home at our King’s Gate development in Macclesfield and could not be happier.

After 20 years in Alderley, Cheshire, he realised it would be better to be part of a busy community rather than in a semi-rural location which involved driving everywhere and he wanted a new build property that would not need maintenance and so began his search around the Cheshire hot spots of Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and Prestbury.

He said: “We looked at several new build developments but they were actually not very nice! Not much character or distinction and all very samey. I was looking for a company that was doing something that little bit different, with that added extra something.”

When he heard that PJ Livesey had acquired the former King’s School site he took a closer look.

Jamie said: “My son goes to school in Macclesfield but in all honestly had not considered moving here. But the more I researched about PJ Livesey the more I liked. Their back catalogue of projects is fascinating and I really like the mix between heritage and new build and every site is totally different.

“We went to look at what they had built in Didsbury and loved the contemporary properties so I registered for King’s Gate and when the show home opened we went to look and both went Wow! We want one!”

He reserved a Wilmot house type which is spread over two floors with private garden and a set-back balcony on the top floor overlooking the large green open space and across to the historic school buildings.

He said: “It’s like having our own Grand Design house! The rooms are really big, big spaces with high ceilings and flooded with light.

“And with the solar panels and power storage it is also incredibly energy efficient with basically free electricity! The boiler tells you how much you are using and how much power is left in the battery which makes you feel in control.”

Jamie and his son are also totally smitten with Macclesfield.

He said: “It has a large and really thriving centre with great places to meet and eat like The Picture Dome and BoHotel and we love the Treacle Market once a month. It has an independent cinema and pubs like The Castle playing live music.

“My son can be independent and walk into town to meet friends for a coffee or walk to the train station and catch the train into Manchester at the weekend.

“It is more eclectic with a bigger mix of people than some other places which seem to have quite a sterile mono-culture. We wanted something more interesting and with its Joy Division music legacy it does have quite a creative vibe.”

Such is the appeal that his elderly parents have already reserved a one-bedroom garden apartment in The Residence.

Jamie said: “My parents are in their 80’s and live in north Wales and having visited me a couple of times absolutely love it here! Fortunately, the apartments were just being released so they have reserved one on the ground floor and it has a large garden.

“It means that we will be able to just pop across to see them or Mum can come to me for a couple of hours while Dad explores or goes for a pint! It will be lovely having them here.”

He also praised the on-site team at King’s, especially sales consultant Keith. He said: “He is absolutely incredible. Great communication all the way through and he really could not be kinder to me or my Mum and Dad. I am really glad I met him on day one and he made this all possible. He is a really lovely face of the company.”

King’s School Reveals its Historic Legacy

June, 2024

King’s School Reveals its Historic Legacy

Two unique heritage homes in a historic conversion

The soaring oak trusses of the original building at King’s School in Macclesfield have been restored and will form the centrepiece of a unique £1m mews home.

The vast open plan space will boast a bespoke kitchen, seating/entertainment area and will even have its own internal winter garden with giant olive and lemon trees.

At the other end of the room a glazed archway opens onto steps to a large formal courtyard with a private path leading to a wild garden area.

The bedrooms are on the ground floor with a large principal suite, a self- contained guest suite, and a third double bedroom. There is also a large study opening to the winter garden.

As well as being transformed inside, the outside of the Grade 2 listed building’s structure is also being lovingly brought back to its original glory. Stonemasons have skilfully replaced and repaired the original window openings and door frames and the original doors are being restored and will be re-used.

Group sales manager Gavin Pearce said: “There is such a historic legacy at King’s – imagine the doorway to your new home having been originally carved in 1844! Not many new homes can boast that.

“It really does give you tingles when you step through the entrance and walk up into the space.

“Right now, we are at a position where a prospective purchaser could help shape the space, maybe turning the study into an amazing walk-in dressing room or another bedroom or a nursery.

“The kitchen layout could be tweaked and there could even be a bar area if the client wanted. Really it is such a large and unique space the potential is endless.”

A second property is also available within the original building – this time with a more traditional layout but still with its fair share of gorgeous heritage features.

And again, the front door is truly special – in Gothic style and on its original chunky iron hinges and latch handle.

The door opens into a quaint porch then into the main open plan living / kitchen / dining space. Each area is clearly defined with lots of windows making it a light and bright space under high ceilings.

There is a rear utility room and power room with the turned staircase leading to the principal suite with split level bathroom, two more double bedrooms that angle up into the eaves and a house bathroom.

Again, as well as a courtyard the property has its own private wild garden accessed by the original stone steps – a secret oasis in the centre of town.

Gavin added: “As is so often the case when converting heritage buildings, the new homes we create are one-offs, totally unique and appeal to buyers looking for something out of the ordinary and completed to the latest and highest specifications.

“These are homes that can never be replicated in a location that is not only central to the history of Macclesfield but also completely practical – within walking distance of the independent shops and the train station.”

Seven reasons why Parbold village is a fantastic place to live

June, 2024

Seven reasons why Parbold village is a fantastic place to live

Nestled in the heart of West Lancashire, Parbold is a charming village that offers a perfect blend of rural tranquillity and convenient amenities.

It’s the location for The Retreat, our bespoke collection of 23 heritage properties and energy efficient new homes set within beautiful walled grounds and a series of tranquil gardens.

Whether you’re just considering a move or you have already taken the plunge, here are seven great reasons to make Parbold your home.

1. Stunning surroundings
Parbold is known for its picturesque landscapes. The village is surrounded by rolling hills, lush countryside and the serene Leeds-Liverpool canal.

The village offers breathtaking views over the West Lancashire Plain and, on a clear day, you can even get a view of the Welsh mountains, making it the perfect place for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. If you like leisurely walks, picnics or cycling, the Fairy Glen is a fantastic woodland walk. Located on the side of Parbold Hill, it is home to cliff edges and spectacular waterfalls.

2. Community spirit
One of the standout features of Parbold is its strong sense of community.

The village hosts various events throughout the year, including the popular Parbold Street Festival, local farmers’ markets and its annual Christmas festival. These events foster a sense of belonging and offer residents a chance to connect and celebrate their shared heritage.

The active village hall plays host to numerous classes and societies such as the Wildlife Club, WI, U3A as well as holding coffee mornings, movie screenings and concerts. There is always something happening and a welcoming atmosphere for newcomers.

3. A bustling village centre
Despite its intimate village atmosphere, Parbold offers a wealth of amenities. The bustling village centre features a variety of independent shops, cafes and traditional pubs, such as The Windmill and The Stocks Tavern, where visitors can enjoy a warm meal and a friendly chat.

Enjoy an artisan lunch overlooking the canal at Yours Is The Earth or explore a collection of curated wines at the Margot Wine Bar & Eatery, before taking a stroll around the Mill House Gallery.

Elsewhere, local services such as the library, medical centre and sports facilities cater to the needs of the community, ensuring everything you need is right on the doorstep.

4. Excellent local schools
Parbold boasts some outstanding educational institutions. Both Our Lady & All Saints Catholic Primary School and Parbold Douglas CofE Academy (within a short walk of The Retreat) are rated Outstanding by Ofsted and have excellent reputations for their community involvement. This makes Parbold an ideal choice for families with children.

5. Convenient transport links
Despite its rural charm, Parbold is well-connected. The village’s train station offers regular services to major cities like Liverpool or Manchester, meaning you can go door-to-door to either within an hour … ideal for commuters. Also, the M6 motorway is just a few miles down the road, allowing easy access to other parts of the UK. For those who prefer to stay local, a good network of buses and cycle paths makes getting around the area straightforward and convenient.

6. A rich history
Parbold is steeped in history, with roots dating back to medieval times. The village’s historic buildings, such as the iconic Parbold Windmill and the old St Peter’s Church, add a unique charm to the area. Exploring the village’s heritage through local museums and historical sites provides residents with a deep connection to the past.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Lancashire village without a nod to the history of hard-won rights. On the far side of Parbold Hill is the Parbold Bottle, a monument commemorating the passing of the Great Reform Act, which started the process of giving ordinary people the right to vote.

7. Parks and Recreation
Parbold is surrounded by several natural reserves and parks, providing ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. The nearby Beacon Country Park offers extensive walking paths, picnic areas and a golf course, making it a favourite place for locals to unwind and enjoy nature.

Living in Parbold means enjoying the best of both worlds: the peace and beauty of the countryside with the convenience of urban amenities. Its strong community spirit, excellent schools, rich history and vibrant social scene make it an ideal place to call home.

Whether you’re drawn to its scenic landscapes or its friendly atmosphere, Parbold has something for everyone.

Register an interest now for early VIP access to The Retreat details when they’re released.

First Apartments released at Kings Gate, Macclesfield

April, 2024

First Apartments released

Beautifully converted homes at our latest development King’s Gate, Macclesfield

Work has begun on the conversion of the largest building within our King’s Gate development in Macclesfield into a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses.

In response to customer demand we are releasing preview information for the first six apartments to be made available within The Residence. These details are being given out exclusively to registered buyers who will also be given the opportunity to attend our VIP preview event, to discuss the release with our dedicated sales team.

The iconic school building now to be known as The Residence, will host a total of 24 apartments and penthouses. Each plot will feature spacious living areas, bespoke kitchens, outside spaces and dedicated parking – Prices starting from £229,950.

Group sales manager Gavin Pearce, said: “The first phases of new build houses at King’s Gate have been incredibly well received with only three mews properties now available.

“Three of the six unique houses converted from the original Grade 2 listed Library building have been sold and we wanted to try and meet the demand of other buyers who want to be part of the development by releasing apartments in the main building.

“Buyers will be guided through the detailed plans of the building and individual layouts and will be able to see examples of fixtures and specification.”

King’s Gate is set around a central green area with the original commemorative gates now restored and reinstalled at the entrance to the development.

For more information or to receive The Residence preview information, please register your interest in the King’s Gate, Macclesfield development.