Residential lettings company Placefirst has been honoured with three prestigious awards at the North West Property Awards (NWPAs).
The Manchester based company won the Regeneration Award, Best Affordable Housing Scheme and the Judges’ Special Award for its impressive redevelopment of the Welsh Streets in Toxteth, Liverpool.
The site was originally set for demolition in order to make way for new-build homes, however the plans were ruled out in 2015 and left Liverpool City Council with 400 empty homes that had suffered an incredible amount of neglect.
Placefirst’s proven experience in regenerating Victorian properties and ability to provide fair value family rentals, enabled them to take on this mammoth project.
Consisting of two, three and four bedroom properties, each house has been carefully refurbished and combine the best of old and new. As well as designing and building the properties, Placefirst manages them too and offers residents flexible deposits and no administration and referencing fees.
The first phase launched in August 2017 and all 24 homes in the first release were reserved within 24 hours. To date, 70% of the 100 homes in phase two have been reserved off-plan.
This standout redevelopment caught the eyes of the esteemed judging panel and received the Judges’ Special Award which is given to projects and organisation which have commercially and visibly had the greatest impact on the property industry in the last 12 months.
The NWPAs is an annual event, sponsored by Stewart Milne Homes, which celebrates a year of success across the property industry. Nearly 300 guests attended the glamorous awards ceremony.
Thirteen awards were presented on the night, from Show Home of the Year, Best Property Law Firm, Best Student Landlord to the Regeneration Award.
Kim O’Brien, director of the NWPAs, says: “The Welsh Streets has been a remarkable redevelopment in Toxteth. Placefirst has taken great care to ensure the properties are not only affordable but also reminiscent of how they were before which is really important for the history of the area.
“It’s fantastic to see that so many families want to live there and we look forward to seeing the how rest of the phases develop. A big well done to the team at Placefirst.”