The Regeneration of Penrith

The Regeneration of Penrith


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Over recent years the townscape of Penrith has changed dramatically, particularly in the Southend Road area.  Manning Elliott has been very much involved in this transformation and we are proud of the impact it has made. 


The New Squares / Southend Road development has brought a significant amount of affordable housing to Penrith.  We have recently completed a project of 23 one bedroom flats on Southend Road, working with a private developer, on behalf of Home Group housing association.  They are 100% affordable housing units housing units for social rental and are located on the edge of Penrith New Squares.  It is a highly visible but tightly bound site fronted by very prominent roads on three sides which includes the main route into town.  Previously the site contained a derelict and dilapidated building which had most recently been used as part of a car park. The flats were designed to make use of the limited space while working to guidelines to ensure sustainability and delivering maximum value for money.    Prior to this Manning Elliott designed the conversion of the former RAFA Club and the adjacent new build properties which forms 21 two bedroom flats and one with 1 bedroom and is now known as Landels Court.   These were built by Atkinson Builders and are now occupied by Eden Housing Association.  Both developments contribute to the improved view when entering Penrith from the South. 


The New Squares shopping centre, supermarket and parking are a welcomed extension to the town centre and were designed to be in keeping with our attractive market town.  Manning Elliott (with assistance from a classical architect, Craig Hamilton) undertook the master-planning of the New Squares development.  These designs received planning permission and have provided the foundation of what has now been completed.  Visuals of the original scheme (images and model) are available on our website:  These include the Sainsbury’s building, the shopping area on Bowling Green Lane and the houses opposite the supermarket on Kilgour Street.  


Manning Elliott, Penrith, Cumbria