22 June 2017
We are delighted that our project with Cardiff Council, the Tramshed, has won the prestigious 2017 Planning Award for Best of Use of Heritage in Placemaking. Another of our projects, the Leeds Housing Regeneration Project, entered with Keepmoat, was ‘highly commended’ in the Best Housing Scheme (500 homes or more) category.
The Tramshed is Wales’s first self-sustaining arts centre and business hub and has already created over 150 jobs. Our town planning work, for client DS Properties, supported the transformation of a previously derelict Grade II listed tram depot into Cardiff’s newest music and entertainment venue, as well as live/work space and community facilities. Cardiff Council granted full planning permission and listed building consent in June 2015. The entertainment venue opened in October 2015, with the whole scheme completed in September 2016.
Jon Hurley, Associate Director who led WYG’s work on the project, said: “We are very proud to have won this award with Cardiff Council. We believe that the Tramshed provides an exemplary benchmark against which the conversion of future listed buildings can be assessed.”
For the Leeds Housing Regeneration project by Keepmoat, Leeds City Council and sustainable communities for Leeds (sc4L), we have prepared and submitted over 100 planning applications over the past eight years. The project is delivering 388 new council homes and 1,295 refurbished homes on over 21 sites in inner city Leeds. The new council homes are the city’s first for 20 years. Residents and community representatives are highly satisfied with the results. The 1,000th refurbished property was handed over in August 2015 with final site handover in early 2017.