Audley acquires npower HQ for next village

Audley Group, has exchanged contracts on its eighteenth Audley Villages site at Scarcroft, West Yorkshire. 

The site, Audley Group’s third in Yorkshire, is the former headquarters of npower and at the heart of the desirable ‘Golden Triangle’ formed by Ilkley, Harrogate and York.  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 consisting of new 1, 2 and 3 bed units.

The proposal also includes sympathetic restoration of the dilapidated Grade II listed Scarcroft Lodge, built in 1830, with plans for it to be converted to the home of the Audley Club which will offer owners and the local community 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 provider.

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.

Nick Sanderson

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.”

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