January 2021

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We are delighted to be assisting Wakefield District Housing with the regeneration of two brownfield sites in Pontefract, identified as a gateway within the Central Pontefract Masterplan and the Tanshelf Study undertaken by Wakefield District Council.  The sites located at the former fire station off Stuart Road and the former builders merchants off Colonels Walk will be for residential use providing much needed 100% affordable homes. Both projects are currently progressing through the planning application process.


The development at the fire station site comprises 37 apartments over three storeys with landscaped courtyard and secure parking court; whilst Colonels Walk comprises 36 apartments over two storeys again with landscaping and resident car parking. Both developments will offer a mix of one and two bedroom apartments, a percentage of which will provide adaptable and accessible accommodation.


Located within a 10 minute walk to the centre of Pontefract and a short stroll from Pontefract Tanshelf train station and other local amenities they will both be highly sustainable projects.


It is anticipated that works on site will commence in May 2021.

End of 2020!

December 2020


As the sun goes down on a year unlike any other, the Acanthus team have been counting their blessings. We have continued to work throughout, agilely moving between office and home working, ensuring it was very much business as usual. Crucially, we have all remained fit and healthy.


Despite the disruption, the practice has remained busy with several schemes progressing largely unaffected.


2020 saw construction start on over 450 homes, whilst a further 320 were completed throughout Yorkshire and the Humber, ranging in size from small bespoke residential schemes to private retirement living developments.  The usual pre-Christmas, planning submission rush saw us accelerating the design for two large apartment schemes in Castleford and a nursing home in Leeds.


We enjoy the dynamics of office working and are all looking forwards to returning to our city centre studio as soon as possible in the New Year.

Sylvester Street, Sheffield

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Acanthus are once again working with Winvic Construction to deliver another major city centre residential development. This former melting house site lies within a conservation area and is bordered by the Porter Brook yet close to the main retail quarter.


Consisting of 335 high quality studios and apartments set over 13 floors, the scheme also includes a rooftop ‘sky’ gymnasium, generous communal areas and external terraces. In addition there is over 1000sqm of retail and commercial space at ground floor.


Construction on this £35m scheme is scheduled to start summer 2021 with completion by Spring 2023. The scheme is being delivered on behalf of Platform whose philosophy is to create inspiring places to live, combining high quality interiors with the latest advances in technology.