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.

Vicar Lane, Leeds

November 2020

Detailed planning permission was granted this month for an exciting new Apart-Hotel that is to be built on the roof of an existing building in central Leeds. The proposed hotel comprises 106 apartments offering a range of accommodation from studios to spacious suites that can comfortably accommodate four people.


Located on Vicar Lane there will be two additional floors added to the current Travel Lodge whilst a further five storey wing will be built to the rear, around an internal landscape courtyard. It is anticipated that Modern Methods of Construction will be utilised due to the complexity of building in such a heavily constrained site. It is anticipated that construction will start in the summer of 2020.

Thurlby Road, Gainsborough

October 2020

Work continues to progress on the urban regeneration of the Thurlby Road district, close to the town centre in Gainsborough with the construction of 27 new build houses. The site was previously occupied by a 1970’s residential “hybrid” where maisonettes were located above ground floor apartments.


The trend in more recent housing demand made these properties difficult  to let and they were subject to significant antisocial behaviour. The new family homes when complete will comprise of two, three and four bedroom properties over a range of tenures.  


Our client, Acis Group, have their head office in Gainsborough and are actively involved in a number of exciting schemes, including a major riverside residential development where AWSM achieved a detailed planning consent earlier this year.