A Skegness housing development for older people has been shortlisted for an award at the Greater Lincolnshire Construction & Property Awards.
LACE Housing’s Chapman Court — officially unveiled in September 2017 — could be crowned Residential Project of the Year at the awards ceremony on 6th February 2018. 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 is 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. LACE Housing has donated office space at Chapman Court to fellow Lincs Independent Living Partnership organisation St Barnabas Hospice to support its vital work in the community.
The Greater Lincolnshire Construction & Property Awards, run by the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, is now in its third year and recognises the county’s key businesses and people in the construction and property sector.