A new housing development in Stockport town centre has won a prestigious prize at a virtual awards ceremony celebrating the best of building in the North West.
The White Lion, a Grade II listed former pub on Great Underbank in Stockport, was transformed last year and is now home to eleven one and two bedroomed apartments, thanks to a £2.4m investment by Trafford Housing Trust (part of L&Q) under the Laurus Homes brand, in partnership with Stockport Council.
It was today (18 August) awarded the prize for Best Change of Use of an Existing Building at the LABC Building Excellence Awards for the North West. The LABC (Local Authority Building Control) represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales.
Sean Dooley, Project Manager at Trafford Housing Trust, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award, which recognises the quality of the build and the care that was taken to transform it from a pub that had been derelict for 10 years to one of Stockport’s most desirable addresses.
“We were very keen to recognise the building’s original identity and preserve its history, so it was sympathetically restored. The grand staircase (pictured), original glass and unique turret room have all been preserved and finished in a modern design, whilst the original pub sign has also been incorporated into the development, giving a nod to the past and its former life.”
The White Lion has a fascinating history since it was first granted a licence in the 14th century. It was originally a popular coaching inn on the main route in and out of Stockport and close to the only crossing point of the Mersey at Lancashire Bridge.
The pub was rebuilt several times over the centuries and was re-fronted in a mock Tudor black and white style in 1823. The last major remodelling took place in 1904-1906, giving the building the distinctive features it still carries today.
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