Pilgrims’ Friend Society (PFS) has won an award from Building Magazine for Pilgrim Gardens, the Christian care homes charity’s latest development in Evington, Leicester.
The award, for Best Housing Project of the Year, was announced at the trade magazine’s 2014 Building Awards, at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Eight projects in the category had been shortlisted, and Pilgrim Gardens was the clear winner. Designed by architectural consultancy PRP, the home is an assisted living complex of 31 apartments on the same site as the Pilgrim care home, next to the 44-acre Evington Park. It opened in summer 2013.
In a statement from PFS (www.easyfundraising.org.uk), David and Phyllis Bulbeck, who were among the first residents, said they were happy living there in this ‘new season in their lives’.
Andy Walsh, director of property services for PFS, said, ‘We have been providing housing for older people since 1835. Privacy and community, independence and support are the keystones of our housing, and PRP’s designs captured our brief and those elements. The award confirms our commitment to providing the best for the people God brings to us’.
Pilgrim Gardens cost approximately £7 million to build. It will be recouped from leasehold sales and rental.