National property and construction consultancy Wakemans has enjoyed a double success after being appointed on a £3m live/work development near Kidderminster and being confirmed on the approved contractor list of one of the region’s biggest developers.
Wakemans is taking a monitoring role on behalf of the funders of the Stone-based LandMarque project that will regenerate a 17-acre brownfield site that was previously used as a WW2 housing camp for workers at a local ammunition factory. More recently the site has been used as an agricultural sales area. The scheme will provide 22 high specification live/work units for private sale with nine affordable units being built in partnership with Wyre Forest Community Housing Trust. The scheme will also incorporate a business management centre and meeting facilities for use by the wider community.
“The timing of this project is significant as The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Live Work Network have just published a report that has been welcomed,” said Wakemans associate director Andrew Hancock.
“RTPI secretary general Robert Upton and director general of housing and planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government Richard McCarthy have both given their enthusiastic endorsement and noted that live/work can make a very powerful contribution to a neighbourhood and is one of the elements that makes a community sustainable.”
Also this month Wakemans joined the list of approved consultants and contractors for A&J Mucklow Group.
Wakemans is one of ten consultancies to have met Mucklow’s strict criteria.
“We are delighted to be accepted as an approved consultant to Mucklow, which is not only well-known and highly respected as a developer, but also as a company that achieves high tenant retention over the long term because it maintains hands-on management of and reinvests in its properties to ensure they are attractive,” said Wakemans director of client services James Shelley.