A Skegness housing development for older people, which replaced a derelict care home, has been shortlisted for two awards at the Greater Lincolnshire Construction & Property Awards.
LACE Housing’s Chapman Court – officially unveiled in September 2017 – could be crowned in the Sustainability and Residential Project of the Year categories at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 6th February.
The accommodation complex, situated on Scarbrough Avenue in the town, includes 17 affordable retirement apartments and the organisation’s first holiday apartment for over 55s.
It is LACE Housing’s first development in Skegness for more than 20 years and replaces a disused care home which had become a hot spot for antisocial behaviour.
Nick Chambers, Chief Executive of LACE Housing, said: “We wanted to bring high-quality affordable housing and holiday accommodation to the coast to create a community that would combat loneliness and isolation among older people.
“Each of our developments are bespoke, but Chapman Court is particularly special as it is named in memory of the late Ron Chapman, who served the RNLI – our 2017 charity of the year – in Skegness for an impressive 39 years.”
Costing £2.1m, the development was funded with help from the Homes and Communities Agency, East Lindsey District Council, the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (through the Unlocking Rural Housing Regeneration Fund) and The Herbert Sollitt Memorial Trust, and was constructed by Lincolnshire firm Lindum Group.
The Greater Lincolnshire Construction & Property Awards, run by the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, are now in their third year and recognise the county’s key businesses and people in the construction and property sector.
Speaking about LACE Housing’s nomination, Nick said: “We are already receiving positive feedback from Chapman Court residents and their friends and relatives, and it’s fantastic to be nominated for an award among our peers.
“This is testament to the hard work of everyone who has helped turn our vision into a reality and made Chapman Court such a success.”
Nick will be attending the ceremony at the Engine Shed in Lincoln on Tuesday 6th February.