Welsh Streets wins Refurbishment of the Year Award at Building 2018

The 2018 Building Awards took place on the evening of 6th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

Now In its 24th year and regarded as one of the most prestigious UK development awards, the event was attended by over 1,400 senior-level directors, chief executives and partners from across the breath of the industry.

Hosted by Rob Brydon and packed with entertainment, the evening was an unparalleled opportunity to highlight success, instil pride and celebrate the very best in UK construction.

Placefirst’s regeneration of The Welsh Streets was awarded Refurbishment Project of the Year, beating off competition from high profile shortlist including The Royal Academy of Arts, The Temperate House at Kew Gardens, and the former BBC Television Centre.

The judges commented: “Welsh Streets is a radical build-to-rent scheme that encourages community and provides a blueprint for developers all around the country to copy.

For a full summary of why the Welsh Streets was chosen at Refurbishment of the Year can be found on the Building website.

The Refurbishment of the Year Award is now the eighth award for The Welsh Streets in 2018, having previously collected three British Homes Awards, three North-West Property Awards, and a Business Insider Liverpool City Region Award.

David Smith-Milne, Managing Director at Placefirst commented:

2018 has been an amazing year for Welsh Streets, but to win this award against such high profile competition is particularly special. Everyone involved in the project has worked so hard to make this a special place for our residents. The homes are unique within Liverpool, offering 21st centrury homes within the shell of traditional Victorian terraces, and setting a new benchmark in affordable market rent”

The Building Awards judges include David Birkbeck (Chief Executive of Design for Homes), Ike Ijeh (Architecture Correspondent at Building) and Lynne Sullivan OBE (Chair of Good Homes Alliance).

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Welsh Streets collects three awards at NWPAs


The 2018 NWPAs took place on Thursday 11th October in the Lutyens Crypt at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

Established over 15 years ago, the NWPAs annual awards, created by Move Publishing, have become an important fixture in the North West property community, celebrating the best of residential and commercial development across the region.

Placefirst’s transformation of the Welsh Streets was the big winner on the night, collecting three of thirteen awards, including the coveted Judge’s Special Award which included developments from Barratts, Redrow and David Wilson Homes.

In addition to the Judges Special Award, the Welsh Streets was also collected the Best Regeneration Award, and Best Affordable Housing Award.

David Smith-Milne, Managing Director of Placefirst commented: “Everyone has worked so hard to make the Welsh Streets a great place to live once again, and it’s thanks to the hard work of our team and the support of the council that we are able to celebrate this amazing trio of awards.

The Welsh Streets is preserving the rich heritage of Victorian Liverpool whilst delivering a range of truly modern family homes that create a distinctive mix of ‘old & new’. More importantly though, the Welsh Streets is setting new standards in renting for families that rely on this sector for their housing needs.

The NWPAs judges include Alastair Shepherd, director of Falconer Chester Hall; Lesley Martin-Wright, CEO of Knowsley Chamber and Head of Business Growth for Knowsley Council, and Elaine Cunningham, owner of Elaine Cunningham Design Studio.

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Phenomenal Welsh Streets wins Best Residential Development at Liverpool City Region Awards

Over 700 of the region’s top property professionals gathered on Thursday 7th June at The Titanic Hotel, Liverpool to celebrate the Insider Liverpool City Region Awards. The awards, now in their 15th year celebrate the best developments and companies working within the Liverpool City Region.

Placefirst’s transformation of the Welsh Streets was awarded Best Residential Development of the Year, beating off stiff competition from Russell Homes, Sovini Homes and Chancery House LLP.

The Welsh Streets is breathing new life into over 400 empty homes in Toxteth, Liverpool and raising standards in private renting for the growing number of households who rely on this sector for their housing needs. The transformation of this once decrepit estate was hailed by the judges as “phenomenal”.

David Smith-Milne, Managing Director of Placefirst commented:

Placefirst set out to shake things up in the private rental sector by offering families great homes and a personal service so they can call a rented house a home. At Welsh Streets we have completely reimagined the Victorian terrace, preserving rich heritage features whilst introducing a number of modern design interventions that family life and community at their heart.

To be awarded Best Residential Development across the Liverpool City Region is a genuine honour and exciting news for the Placefirst team who strive every day to make renting better and a genuine alternative to home ownership”.

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Placefirst report huge market interest in Phase 2 of Welsh Streets

Placefirst, the award-winning build-to-rent developer behind the transformation of the Welsh Streets in Toxteth, have reported significant market interest in the next release of homes with over 40% reserved off-plan.


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Not Quite Light beautifully captures reinvention of the Welsh Streets, Liverpool

Highlighting the heritage and transformation of hundreds of Victorian terraced properties in Toxteth, Liverpool is at the heart of a photographic project focusing on the Welsh Streets.


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Liverpool residents rush to rent the newly refurbished homes in the Welsh Streets

Local people have rushed to rent homes that are part of a multi-million pound refurbishment of the Welsh Streets, with the first phase selling out in just 24 hours.


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Placefirst Submits Plans For Next Phase of Morecambe Regeneration

Placefirst, the Manchester based build-to-rent developer, has submitted a planning application for conversion of 23 former guesthouses into 45 family PRS homes as part of its ongoing regeneration of the historic West End of Morecambe.


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New plan for Welsh Streets unveiled

A NEW plan which could lead to the regeneration of the Welsh Streets has been unveiled by Liverpool City Council.


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