Luxury housebuilder Villafont Homes is thrilled to unveil its latest North West residential project, Primrose Place, which comprises just three contemporary four bedroom new build homes on Primrose Avenue in Urmston.   Each of the properties at Primrose Place features, on the ground floor, an open-plan kitchen and dining area, complete with utility room, and boast bi-fold doors that open up into the rear garden.  Each also comprise a separate lounge and wc. On the first floor you will find the master bedroom with sumptuous en suite bathroom, plus another double bedroom with en suite shower room.  On the second floor, there are two further double bedrooms, each enjoying en suite shower rooms. Combining an exceptional design, which has allowed for modern family lifestyles, and a sought-after location in Urmston town centre, the Primrose Place development has been an outstanding success. Chris McGoff, CEO at Villafont Homes, says: “Urmston is fast becoming the latest property hot spot in the North West and is commonly referred to as the ‘new Didsbury or Chorlton’.  Its appeal is attributed to the bustling town centre and vibrant community, as well as the excellent schools, selection of good leisure facilities and vast open green spaces. “Not only is it the perfect place for families, its position just off the M60 motorway and with a train station in the heart of the town also makes it ideal for commuters, with Urmston offering convenient and easy access to Manchester city centre and the wider North West region. “Villafont is renowned for designing aesthetically attractive properties with carefully considered, contemporary layouts that really suit the desired lifestyles of our discerning buyers.” ...

We're thrilled to reveal that we've been shortlisted in this year's national Care Home Awards. Held annually, the Care Home Awards are the benchmark for excellence and innovation in the industry and cover the management, operation and delivery of services from suppliers to the sector from across the UK. Designed to showcase best practice and highlight brilliance, we're delighted to have been shortlisted for two awards - Best for Architecture, Interior Design and Communal Spaces and Best Small Care Home Group. Just 31 companies have been named as finalists and their entries progress to the final stages of judging with the winners announced at a glittering awards luncheon in London in June this year. ...

We're delighted to announce that chairman of New Care Dominic Kay has been invited to speak at the prestigious Healthcare in Northern England Conference on 25 April in Manchester. Dominic joins a number of other industry professionals who will be speaking at the event, and has been asked to lead a 30 minute session on succeeding in a complex and competitive market.   With many years' experience under his belt, Dominic is the perfect choice for the session, covering important issues including how attractive the north of England is as a market for investors, standing out from the crowd by differentiation and the major issues facing health and social care businesses today.  With his combination of knowledge, experience and humour, we know that Dominic will capture the interest of the delegates and leave them feeling inspired and full of valuable industry insight....

The McGoff Group has appointed two leading retail food and drink experts to help deliver the vision for its Market 41 project in Urmston. The company has enlisted the support of renowned Northern food commentator Thom Hetherington and national market experts WMC Retail Partners to help steer the development process for its new market food hall that will be created on Railway Road. London-based WMC is an experienced market operator.  The owner of two markets in Wellington and Morley, the company operates a number of other markets around the country and has expertise in working with developers on all aspects of market management, retail development and placemaking.   Originally appointed to undertake a feasibility study for the proposed market hall, including competitor benchmarking, cost and income analysis and operating model options, WMC has now been appointed to develop a full business plan for the project and coordinate all aspects of the development including lettings, layout and legal agreements. Sales and marketing manager at WMC, Esther Worboys, commented: "We are really excited to be working with the McGoff Group on this innovative new concept for Urmston and will draw on the experience of operating our own markets and implementing similar projects for others across the UK to deliver a fantastic new market hall that will further invigorate Urmston town centre and offer a great new leisure experience for locals." CEO of the Northern Restaurant and Bar exhibition, and consultant and commentator for the Northern food and drink scene, Thom Hetherington, will also form a key part of the team.  Close to developments in the restaurant and retail food and drink industry across the North of England, Thom has a wealth of knowledge, strong insight into consumer tastes and trends and great contacts that will help get the project off to good start. He commented: "Urmston is already a great place to live with bags of potential.  Combining well known high street names with an ever growing and popular blend of independents, it's a place that's definitely on the up and the perfect location for this new market hall which promises to provide an extra dynamic to the flourishing food and drink offering in the town.  I look forward to contributing to the concept and design of the building and blend of food and drink operators focusing on local artisan traders to create a real point of difference." Director at the McGoff Group, Chris McGoff, commented: "The overall concept, blend of operators and operating framework are essential to getting this project right and I'm confident that with WMC and Thom on board we can create a fantastic new asset for Urmston that becomes a key part of the town." Market 41 is the working title for the proposed new food hall that will be built on the site of Urmston's existing open air market on Railway Road.  Outline planning consent has already been granted for the development and work is due to begin on the market hall later this year with the aim of being open and trading in early 2019. Building on the increasing popularity of local markets, the market hall concept will feature a diverse blend of 10-12 food and drink operators positioned around an informal central seating area of around 160-180 covers.  All traders will be carefully selected to ensure customers benefit from the very best quality and choice at competitive price points.  The intention is to provide something different from the existing retail offer in Urmston and there will be a strong focus on independent and small manufacturers from across the region who work with locally sourced artisan quality food and drink....

Build has commenced on a new, state-of-the-art £15 million care facility on Liverpool Road in Formby. Located on the site of the former Mayflower Industrial Estate, the 76 bed expertly designed, purpose-built care centre will create approximately 80 jobs. It will be the seventh care facility for New Care, a rapidly growing development-led care home operator.  The 4,000sqm home will provide an exceptional clinical offering, including residential, nursing and specialist dementia care services.  Renowned for its compassionate, person-centred care, New Care’s individual approach is evident in its focus on ‘enablement’ which involves working with each resident individually to maintain their health and wellbeing and ensure they remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. Catering for the aspiring needs of its residents in Formby and the surrounding areas, each of the well-appointed and restful bedrooms will feature en-suite wet rooms, while the home itself will offer several stylish communal lounges, elegant dining rooms, spa assisted bathrooms and beautifully landscaped gardens.  The impressive care facility will also boast a hair salon and nail bar. And, with its own dedicated hospitality team, the facility will provide high end hotel-style services that ensure continued quality of life and enjoyment for residents, including fine dining, concierge services and a busy and varied programme of activities and events. CEO at New Care, Chris McGoff, comments: “We are delighted to have started work on site and are very much looking forward to introducing the New Care brand to Formby.  The plans for our latest care facility are superb; we will deliver a sophisticated, modern, purpose-built home which offers high quality care with first class hotel-style services.” Part of the McGoff Group, New Care works with its build partner, the multi-award winning principal contractor McGoff Construction, also part of the McGoff Group, throughout the entire design and construction process.  Unique in its ability to acquire, design, build and operate, the McGoff Group provides a ‘one stop shop’ approach naturally de-risking the development process while adding value and enhancing growth. Chris concludes: “It is a very exciting time for New Care with the company continuing to expand.  Having recently opened care homes in Sale (Greater Manchester) and Lytham St Annes, and a further home due to open in Chester in early 2018, we are thrilled to have added Formby to our ever growing portfolio.” Demolition on site has now commenced and construction of the care home is expected to be complete in early 2019. ...

The McGoff Group is thrilled to announce its partnership with Stewart and Jeannie Pickering, the duo and founders of the highly successful kidsunlimited brand, and the launch of a brand new day nursery in Altrincham; Back to the Garden Child Care. The new venture is the McGoff Group’s second foray into developing new operating ventures that rely on the delivery of new-build settings for rapid roll outs to create asset backed businesses with strong operating cash flows. It is an exciting new concept that seeks to mimic the huge success of New Care, its care home brand, which is now one of the fastest growing development-led care home operators in the UK, with eight new care facilities in delivery over the next 18 month period. The new venture will also mark the return of Stewart and Jeannie to the child care sector, with the couple re-entering the marketplace after almost 10 years following the sale of kidsunlimited in 2008. Whilst at the helm of kidsunlimited, they opened more than 50 full day care nurseries, which were in short supply, and introduced the first on site ‘workplace’ nurseries in the North West for firms such as HSBC.   The concept for Back to the Garden will challenge the current child care provision in the country. With new build there is an opportunity to significantly improve the economic footprint of nurseries with a design that is environmentally, economically and even socially more sustainable. The setting of the nursery is also significant. Back to the Garden will occupy a spacious and safe corner of the site, with the location strategically chosen to answer national Government calls to position child care facilities away from busy main roads, where elevated levels of pollution are more and more often being linked to hindered general development and the increase in childhood asthma, plus other health related issues. According to a Greenpeace investigation, 35 nurseries in Greater Manchester are located close to roads that break the legal pollution limits. In addition to the purpose-built nursery, the expertly designed garden and extensive external space will provide an opportunity for children to explore and discover in a natural, safe and stimulating environment, benefiting from a beautiful landscaped setting, a gardening and planting patch, large playground and all-weather play areas. It is this emphasis on outdoor play and the setting of the nursery that will stand Back to the Garden apart from competitors. Director at McGoff Group, Chris McGoff, says: ‘The success of New Care over the last few years, combining our property and construction expertise to acquire, design, build and operate purpose-built care homes, has undoubtedly encouraged the Group to take the next natural step into operational child care. ‘We are proud to be partnering up with Stewart and Jeannie, who are pioneers in this sector, and firmly believe that we are creating a dream team operator for Back to the Garden Child Care.’ Stewart Pickering adds: ‘It is exhilarating to be involved in the child care sector again and in such a hands-on capacity. From the initial set up of the nursery and overseeing the curriculum and equipment to co-ordinating the recruitment, both Jeannie and I will be an integral part of Back to the Garden Child Care. ‘Our philosophy focuses on the health and wellbeing of each and every child, enhancing their nursery experience with a dedicated commitment on outdoor play and activities in the fresh air.’ Jeannie concludes: ‘We want and will strive to provide the very best child care in the North West, and incorporated into the heart of the design of the nursery and its location are concerning issues regarding air pollution, which causes health problems and affects children’s development.’...