Audley Group acquires Npower HQ for next village

Audley Group acquires Npower HQ for next village

The luxury retirement property provider has exchanged contracts on its eighteenth village site which is located at Scarcroft in West Yorkshire.

The site, which is Audley Group’s third in Yorkshire and sits in the heart of the desirable ‘Golden Triangle’ is bounded by Ilkley, Harrogate and York, is the former headquarters of npower.

Planning proposals will be submitted for the demolition of the 70,000 square foot 1970s office block and the development of an Audley Villages scheme which will consist of new 1, 2 and 3-bed units.

The proposal also includes restoring the dilapidated Grade II listed Scarcroft Lodge, which was built in 1830, and converting it into the home of the Audley Club which will provide the local community with a restaurant, health spa with hydrotherapy pool, gym and wellness studios.

Once complete, the village will also offer delivery of care to owners and members of the local community through Audley Care, Audley’s stand-alone Care Quality Commission-registered care provider.

Nick Sanderson, chief executive, Audley Group, said “Having the chance to open another Audley village in beautiful Yorkshire is a real privilege, and we are delighted to have made Scarcroft Lodge our first purchase of 2018.

“The Audley Group continues to go from strength to strength and it’s hard to believe that this is our 19th Audley Group site, a total that includes the first Mayfield site in Watford.

“It is an exciting opportunity to create the next phase in the history of the npower headquarters, and having met with the planners and representatives of the Parish Council, we are pleased to be involved in finding a sustainable future for the listed buildings on the site.”

Approximately 65 local jobs will be created across the construction and operational phases. Scarcroft Cricket Club currently rents a cricket pitch and pavilion on the site and the club will remain in the location as part of the planning proposal.

The 18 villages that sit under the Audley Villages brand will, when completed, provide at least 2,000 units nationwide.

Additionally, a further 1,250 units are planned at future Mayfield Villages sites over the next five years, including the first location in Watford.

Nick continued: “2018 will be a busy year for us, with both Mayfield and Audley villages under construction and new owners moving into sites all over the country.

“Scarcroft Lodge will be an excellent addition to the portfolio and we look forward to bringing aspirational retirement living to the people of Leeds and its surrounding areas.”

David Couch – head of northern residential development at BNP Paribas Real Estate, added: “The Scarcroft Estate is an excellent development opportunity and attracted strong interest from a range of buyers.

“We are delighted to have acted for the Receivers at FraserCRE and to have selected Audley as the purchaser based on the quality of their proposal and track record on similar schemes.

“We look forward to working with them to achieve planning permission over the coming months.”