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Aldcliffe Yard - Lancaster

Aldcliffe Yard comprises a small bespoke waterside development of 14 family homes in the heart of the heritage city of Lancaster.

Aldcliffe Yard

The site, which sits within a conservation area, was a former British Waterways office and yard, and includes two Grade II listed buildings. The development has seen the sympathetic refurbishment of the listed buildings and construction of brand new three- and four-bedroom houses.

Several of the homes were completed using a trail blazing ‘custom build' approach to house building. Buyers bought their plot outright and controlled the design and internal layout but the house was constructed by the development project's professional builders. This was a less daunting version of ‘self- build', offering potential savings on the final market value. Supporting the government's policy to promote self-build and the conversion of redundant buildings, Aldcliffe Yard was even featured on a BBC Panorama programme in March 2015 as an exemplar scheme for solving Britain's housing shortage.

James Lazarus, our head of property development, said: "This site contains some wonderful historic buildings which have been lying empty for a number of years. It is fantastic to see them brought back into productive use again and transformed into family homes. Everyone using the canal benefits from the area being upgraded and improved."

Last Edited: 25 March 2022

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