Forrest hands over queens court development

Social housing contractor Forrest has delivered the final apartment on its new-build residential development project, Queens Court, in Widnes, ready for residents to move in.

The 17 one and two-bed apartments were designed by local architect Denovo Design and constructed by Forrest following its appointment to the project by Halton Housing Trust.

The design objective was one of ‘health and wellbeing’, keeping residents healthy and happy via distinctive colourful louvres and encouraging social interaction via the communal landscaping area.

The scheme sits on the original site of the historic Queens Hall where some of the world’s most famous musicians once played, including The Beatles and Stone Roses. The hall closed its doors to the public in 2004 and was demolished by the council in 2012 following a fire at the site.

Neil Ashworth, head of new build at Forrest said:

“The development has seen us regenerate the entire Queens Hall site with new affordable homes built to a high specification of sustainability and energy saving standards.

“With limited availability of social housing in the North West, including Widnes, Queens Court will bring much needed stock onto the market.”