Mayor and Mayoress officially open new Widnes development

A visit by the Mayor and Mayoress of Halton, Councillor Tom McInerney and Councillor Angela McInerney, marked the official opening of a new development of traditional family homes in Widnes.

The Mayor and Mayoress were Redrow Homes’ guests of honour as the housebuilder hosted a professionals’ launch event for its new development Lancaster Place.

Guests looked around the two new show homes and viewed plans for the site on Lunts Heath Road, which features properties from Redrow’s popular New Heritage Collection. Available in a choice of three, four and five-bedroom designs, the homes combine Arts and Crafts inspired exteriors with bright modern interiors.


Managing director for Redrow Homes (NW), Sandy McBride spoke to visitors about the company’s role in bringing high quality new homes to a sought-after part of Widnes, before the Mayor cut the ribbon to officially launch the development.

Homebuyers can now see inside Redrow’s New Heritage Collection homes and view the luxurious interiors of the new four-bedroom Richmond and five-bedroom Blenheim

In a nod to the rich history and local passions of Widnes, the Blenheim show home includes a room inspired by Paul Simon’s ‘Homeward Bound’ song, which he famously wrote at Widnes train station in 1965, as well as a room dedicated to the Lancaster Bomber aircraft, the creation of Widnes born designer Roy Chadwick.

Sandy said: “It was a pleasure to welcome The Mayor and Mayoress of Halton along with so many other distinguished guests for our professionals launch event. We are now open to the public and look forward to welcoming prospective homebuyers to Lancaster Place.”

Anita Williams, sales director for Redrow Homes (NW), said: “We’re delighted with the feedback we’ve already received from our customers and feel we’ve hit the right note with our combination of traditionally styled homes and classic yet contemporary interiors. We hope the new show homes, inspired by the people and history of Widnes, will in turn inspire buyers to choose their perfect home here.”

In the Blenheim show home, the interior designers have accentuated the feeling of space inside the house with a light colour scheme and soft oak furniture.

The charming ‘Homeward Bound’ inspired room features scrolls of sheet music and a handwritten inscription of the song lyrics on the feature wall. Further interest is added with vintage style accessories.

In another of the bedrooms, Redrow has celebrated one of the most famous aircrafts of the second world war, the Lancaster Bomber, after which the development is named. A striking piece of wall art depicting the bomber creates an eye-catching focal point.

In the neighbouring Richmond property, the interior scheme is once again luxurious and effortlessly stylish, with a light colour scheme of grey, taupe and cornflower blue. One of the bedrooms has been themed for a fan of the Widnes Vikings, with a bold contemporary wall mural depicting a rugby match. There’s also a team strip and rugby ball, which no Vikings fan should be without.

Situated on the northern and easterly fringes of Widnes and bordered by open fields, the development is close to Widnes town centre and within easy travel of Liverpool, Warrington and Manchester, via the M62 motorway or by rail from Widnes train station, which offers journey times to Liverpool and Manchester of around 30 minutes.

Economically, Widnes is a place that’s on the up with significant inward investment in recent times. There’s approval for a second Mersey crossing, a new cinema and bowling alley have opened at The Hive leisure park, with a new ice rink soon to follow, there’s a recently opened £40 million Tesco Extra 24-hour store in the town, as well as the new Widnes Shopping Park with Marks & Spencer, Boots, Next, Bhs and Costa Coffee among its stores.

Prices at Lancaster Place are from £215,000 to £449,500 for a range of three and four-bedroom homes.

To find out more about Redrow visit the new show homes at Lancaster Place, see the website  or call 0151 378 8839.

 Mayoress of Halton, Councillor Tom McInerney and Councillor Angela McInerney, Redrow (NW) sales manager Elaine Mounsey and Redrow Group Finance Director Barbara Richmond. Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its New Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. Established more than 35 years, the company has won numerous awards over the years. Redrow received a 5* Award in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey in 2011 and 2012; collected the Silver award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2012 What House? awards; and its ‘Share a little bit of joy’ campaign was named best marketing initiative at the 2012 Housebuilder Awards.  Web: