Competing against developments throughout the UK; Jessup’s innovative £65m canalside development of houses and apartments at Waterfront South Walsall has been successful in winning the Best Area Based Regeneration sector at the prestigious National 2011 Waterways Renaissance Awards. The development was also runner-up in the Design and Construction sector.
These awards are run by The Waterways Trust to recognise exceptional projects that are using canals and rivers to enrich people’s lives across the UK.
Jessup Brothers are currently developing this former derelict 5.5-acre town centre site that runs parallel to the Town Arm of the Walsall canal adjacent to the iconic New Art Gallery.
The company, along with Architects S.P. Faizey worked closely with Walsall Council, Walsall Regeneration Company and the Homes and Communities Agency, including study visits to Sweden and Germany to design an innovative scheme that would enhance this important location.
Clive Jessup comments, “Winning this award is truly a partnership triumph for Walsall Council, government agencies and ourselves. The Homes and Communities Agency played a key role in making the development possible with substantial grant funding to kickstart the whole scheme. Already our development is adding quality and colour to this canalside location and providing much needed accommodation to buy or rent. We are proud to be part of the renaissance of Walsall and that this has been recognised at a national level. We are sure that our development will act as a catalyst to further progress in this important town centre canalside area.”
Jessup’s ‘localism’ policy means that the scheme has used local contractors to complete the work boosting local employment and creating apprenticeships for young people and inputting millions of pounds into the local economy.
The improvement of the canal towpath means that there is now a pleasant walk from the town centre to Walsall’s new £170m hospital. This fact has been recognised by the Hospital Authorities, as they have reserved 68 apartments at Waterfront South as accommodation for senior medical staff.
The Homes and Communities Agency provided the largest Kickstart grant in the West Midlands, to Waterfront South and one of the largest allocations in the UK. Christine Seaton, area manager for The Black Country at the HCA Midlands, said “I have been involved with the Waterfront South scheme since its inception and my team have worked closely with Clive and his colleagues. This is a fantastic accolade for them all and well deserved. The Jessup Build Develop team have been committed to high quality design and have a very strong local ethos and passion for Walsall and The Black Country. We are proud to have supported this scheme through our investment and are delighted to see its impact on the wider regeneration of Walsall town centre.”
The first phase at Waterfront South was completed in January this year and the second phase is due for completion in June 2012.