Acanthus Architect's Zoom Ahead

March 2020

What a difference a month makes!

In these difficult times we are determined to keep going with business as usual or as close to it as we can. Our office closed officially on Tuesday and the team are all now working remotely. We are embracing  video conferencing and having used Zoom with the other practices in the Acanthus network for some time it was an obvious choice.


It’s not just helping us with formal meetings and ensuring we continue to meet deadlines but is also proving invaluable to keep in touch with each other. We are a sociable team and working alone at home for us is a new experience. Technology however, is making it so much easier and the usual good office humour continues, including us checking to see who is still in their PJ’s at our daily 8.45 coffee session. The race is also on to impress with our virtual backgrounds although it’s so much more entertaining when random pets and children sneak onto frame.


We are all in good health, all working hard but all eating far too much. We hope you are too and please get in touch with one of the team if we can be of any assistance.

Kendal Road, Hellifield

February 2020

In collaboration with Vistry Partnerships, Wakefield and District Housing and after lengthy discussion with Craven District Council we have successfully secured approval at planning committee for a new build residential development in the Yorkshire Dales village of Hellifield. The proposals which sit adjacent to commercial premises and a school include 23 one, two and three bedroom houses. All will have direct access to open green space which is designed to unify the settlement. The design aesthetic respects the local vernacular style of the area and provides much needed family housing in the village. It is envisaged that work will start on site in the Spring with the properties being completed within a year.

Going Green in 2020

January 2020

Acanthus WSM have taken delivery of two new E-Bikes courtesy of Leeds City Council’s Clean Air Leeds initiative. Staff will be abandoning the car and travelling sustainably around the city to meetings and sites.

Another record breaking year for Acanthus WSM

2019 saw the completion of over 750 new homes in Yorkshire and the wider region. These include major PRS projects such as Brook Place at Summerfield Street, Sheffield and a number of bespoke, specialist housing schemes for Habinteg. Following a series of planning approvals throughout the latter part of the year, the office is gearing up to start a number of new projects on site early in the New Year, totalling over 1000 homes.


Successful planning applications last month included:

  • 32 new build residential dwellings in Kirklees that were given the green light following a unanimous decision at planning committee. The project will see the brownfield site of a former railway cutting brought forward for a modern housing development for Stonewater Housing.

  • 95 new homes in Rossendale, Lancashire, on the site of the former football ground and stands, that is being delivered by Galliford Try on behalf of Together Housing.


Finally we are delighted to announce that as of the 1st January 2020 Joe Keighley is now an Associate at Acanthus WSM.