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 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.

We offered a full design and construct service, which included foundations, superstructures, drainage, site works, car parking and landscaping.

The apartments were constructed to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and had the health and wellbeing of building users at the forefront of the design concept. All apartments have access to open space; having lounges with Juliet balconies, a terrace on the upper levels or outdoor space on the ground floor. 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 development was recognised with an International Green Apple Award for Built Environment and Architectural Heritage.