Belong Care Village, Newcastle-under-Lyme, has been shortlisted for best ‘Community Benefit’ and ‘Regeneration’ project at the 2019 RICS Awards, West Midlands.
Built by Pochin’s on the site of a grade II listed building, the village was formerly the home of Samuel Bell’s Pottery, The Old Pomona Inn and most recently the iconic Maxims nightclub. The care village opened its doors in April 2018 and now provides 24-hour care and support to 72 residents living across six households.
The village features 28 apartments for independent living and numerous community facilities, such as a tea room, hairdressers and pub that pays homage to the site’s former occupants.
Pochin’s chief executive Jim Nicholson said: “Having a positive impact in our region’s communities is at the heart of our organisation, so for one of our projects to be nominated for just that, is a real honour. The heritage of the building made it that extra bit special for us, as we have been able to breathe new life into the site through a careful restoration.”
Winners of the RICS Awards, West Midlands are set to be crowned on Wednesday 8thMay at Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens.