Retirement development complete

Stephen George + Partners LLP (SGP) has completed work on 44 Retirement Living apartments and 58 Retirement Living Plus apartments at Ilkley, West Yorkshire, for McCarthy & Stone North East.

Scholars Place is the largest scheme to date for McCarthy & Stone North East, consisting of Priestley Court, a circa 3,940m² GIA Retirement Living scheme and Chesterton Court, a circa 5,850m² GIA Retirement Living Plus scheme. SGP's plans for the spacious one and two bedroom apartments will redevelop a challenging, vacant brownfield site into a vibrant mixed use scheme that balances employment and residential uses.

SGP's involvement began with the masterplanning of the 3.58 hectare site, owned by McCarthy & Stone and Spooner Industries, into six discrete and complementary uses, namely Retirement Living and Retirement Living Plus apartments, a 77 bedroom care home, office block, two extensions to Spooner Industries Ltd and a children's nursery (later amended to an office), together with associated parking and landscaping.

SGP's work continued after planning permission was granted in December 2016, taking the McCarthy & Stone Retirement Living and Retirement Living Plus projects from feasibility through to completion.

Says Dean Payton, associate at SGP, says: "We worked closely with McCarthy & Stone's inhouse planning consultant and the local planning authority, as well as staging public exhibitions to encourage community participation, addressing local concerns by commissioning additional studies and incorporating into the planning submission."

Graeme Kynman, development manager at McCarthy & Stone adds: "This was a complex site, with multiple sub-site clients and their consultants demanding a co-ordinated site design and exemplary communications. We are extremely proud to have successfully brought this stunning development to completion."