Leeds property news: York scheme honoured with awards

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A HUGELY popular development in York, which saw the former Grade II listed Shipton Street School and grounds transformed into 38 stunning homes, has been honoured with two coveted accolades.

Bootham Green, which was transformed by respected Yorkshire companies Rushbond and Advent Developments, has been selected by the York Civic Trust to receive a commemorative blue plaque and the scheme has also been named as one of the North of England’s finest property developments, at a prestigious awards ceremony held in the City.

The development won the Residential Property category at the 2015 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Pro Yorkshire Awards and it also now joins other buildings of historic interest in York, such as the Assembly Rooms, Lendal Tower and Micklegate Bar, in displaying the Civic Trust plaque.

Tim Reeve of Advent Developments said: “Bootham Green is one of a very select group of buildings in the City to be chosen to display the esteemed blue plaque, which celebrates the building’s notable history.

“It’s not only great to see the development being recognised by this plaque but also to have won the coveted RICS award for Yorkshire. Bootham Green’s eco-credentials and innovative design, coupled with the sensitive re-use of the historic school building, is what we feel sets this development apart.”

Mark Finch, Director of Real Estate at Rushbond, added: “The homes sold very quickly, with over 400 enquiries in the first few months of the launch, proving that there is great demand for housing schemes which are well thought-through and which are designed to fit with and contribute to the local area and community.”

Ken King, former councillor for the ward during the progress of the development, said: “The old school building is a hugely popular landmark in this part of York. It was attended by generations of local people and was part of the fabric of the local community for so many years. It is wonderful to see the original building being given a new lease of life and being recognised by the Trust as a landmark building, which it certainly is.”

The RICS ceremony, which was held at the National Railway Museum in York, saw Bootham Green’s sympathetic conversion receive praise for providing much needed family homes in a sustainable location which are both attractive and cost effective to run. The awards were presented and hosted by television property personality Phil Spencer in front of an audience of more than 330 regional property professionals.

The York Civic Trust launched the plaque scheme in 1938 to commemorate buildings of historic interest. The scheme was dropped during World War II, but the York Civic Trust revived the idea in the late 1940s, offering to help with the design and contributing towards the costs. The result now is a remarkable portfolio of some 70 bronze, wooden and recently aluminium and slate plaques spread throughout the City.

Rushbond is currently working on another standout residential development in York at St Leonard’s Place. Work is underway transforming the landmark crescent building, which is located in the heart of York’s Cultural Quarter, to create five elegant townhouses and 29 grand apartments, alongside six mews style properties off Museum Street.