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Perfect Circle appointed to £9M retirement scheme in Chorley

Perfect Circle, a consortium comprising Pick Everard, Gleeds and AECOM, has been appointed to oversee the delivery of a £9m retirement living scheme in Chorley. Work on the Primrose Gardens Retirement Village, located in Chorley town centre, started earlier this year and will see a former car park transformed with the addition of a new 65-bed apartment scheme. The consortium has been appointed for the scheme by Chorley Council.

Head of building surveying at Pick Everard, Mathew Benton, said: “This is a flagship scheme for independent living accommodation for the over 55s right in the heart of Chorley town centre.

“Chorley Council is self-delivering this scheme and we are very pleased to be working with them to lead its delivery.”

Perfect Circle has been appointed using Scape Group’s National Built Environment Consultancy Services framework. Through the framework, Perfect Circle delivers the broadest range of consultancy services available to the public sector and will be supported by an extensive local supply chain. Scape Group, a public-sector organisation, is dedicated to creating ongoing efficiency and social value via the built environment.

Mark Robinson, Scape Group chief executive, commented: “It is great to see Perfect Circle working with Chorley Council to deliver such an important project, bringing much-needed new homes and community facilities to the area.

“The BECS framework is an essential component of our clients’ ability to deliver vital public sector projects on time and to budget. Importantly, it also ensures the positive effects of built environment projects ripple out to the local community through work experience placements, educational opportunities for students and new jobs.”

Primrose Gardens Retirement Village, which is named after the former Primrose Cottage that sits on the site, will consist of 47 one-bedroom and 18 two-bedroom apartments that will be made available for affordable rent and will offer 24/7 support to residents if needed.

Councillor Graham Dunn, who oversees housing for Chorley Council, said: “I’m delighted that work is now starting on this major scheme which will be called Primrose Gardens and will provide purpose-built accommodation to support our older residents when they need it most.

“It is an innovative 65-bed scheme which will offer care and support to residents available 24/7 if needed, provide a community hub and also a sprung dance floor which will ensure two local dance schools can remain in the town centre.”

The scheme will also include a café, laundrette, community room, hair salon and a dance hall – providing a new base for Dance with Passion and Anita Murray School of Dance within the town centre.

Work on the new retirement complex is expected to complete in early 2019. Brewster Bye Architects designed the scheme.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Chorley Council leader added: “The scheme will not only provide much-needed affordable accommodation for older people in the town who may need extra care and support later in life, it will also bring residential areas back into the town centre which is part of our town centre masterplan. And it will also generate much-needed income for the council which is vital with the cuts in central government funding that can be spent on providing services to our residents.”



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About Perfect Circle

Perfect Circle is a consortium comprising Pick Everard, Gleeds and AECOM – leading, innovative firms with expert industry knowledge and expertise, supported by an extensive local supply chain. Perfect Circle delivers the broadest range of consultancy services available to the public sector via the public sector owned built environment specialist Scape Group’s National Built Environment Consultancy Services (BECS) framework.


About Pick Everard

Pick Everard is a leading independent property, construction and infrastructure consultancy renowned for cutting edge sustainable design, delivered through cost effective and efficient project management. Established in 1866, Pick Everard has an award-winning project portfolio covering major retail development, city centre and urban regeneration, commercial and leisure projects.

Pick Everard, which has an integrated in-house team of 450 architects, engineers, surveyors and project managers, is also part of Perfect Circle – a consortium comprising Pick Everard, Gleeds and AECOM established to deliver the Scape Built Environment Consultancy Services framework. Pick Everard has offices in the UK in London, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Bury St Edmunds, Cardiff, Inverness and Bristol. For more information visit


About Gleeds

Gleeds ( is an international property and construction consultancy with over 130 years’ experience in the property and construction industry. With 1600 dedicated staff across six continents and 64 offices, Gleeds prides itself on being a global business that is structured to act and think local.

Working with clients in almost every sector, Gleeds services the entire project lifecycle and categorises its offering into the following core areas: programme and project management, commercial and contract management, property and asset management and advisory.



AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organisations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $17.4 billion during fiscal year 2016. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at and @AECOM.


About Scape Group

Scape Group is a public-sector organisation, dedicated to creating ongoing efficiency and social value via the built environment. Scape and its subsidiaries offer fully managed frameworks, property services, innovative design solutions, community investment opportunities and joint ventures.

By bringing together the strongest teams from the public and private sectors, Scape’s rapidly deployed, highly measurable and collaborative approach delivers value for money and quality buildings whilst stimulating local economic growth and community enrichment. Scape operates with a buying capacity of £13bn and has helped to deliver over 12,00 public sector projects with more than 1,700 currently in progress.

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