A Partnerships Yorkshire residential scheme that houses homeless people who are recovering from addictions, has been named the region’s best residential development at the inaugural Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) Social Impact Awards. Regent Lodge in Hyde Park is owned and operated by longstanding Leeds charity, St George’s Crypt. Work on the development completed last year and it now provides 14 self-contained studio apartments for residents with alcohol dependency issues, as they prepare to live independently.
The RICS Social Impact Awards launched this year are now the only nationally recognised awards programme that show the impact of the built environment on people’s lives. The awards run across 12 UK regions and the regional winners will now compete to triumph in the national finals in September.
The RICS judges praised how Regent Lodge successfully provides tailored support to members of the homeless population, with alcohol dependency issues, and creates step changes in an independent setting for residents.
The Partnerships Yorkshire team is also building a second new development that has been specifically designed to give people recovering from addictions, a safe and affordable place to live as they prepare to move towards living independently. This latest project will see 24, one and two bedroom, apartments built on Hedley Chase in New Wortley, on the site of the Old Liberal Club, which was demolished more than 10 years ago.