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Placefirst scheme for Build-to-Rent (BtR) community approved by Sunderland City Council

 

IMAGE ABOVE: A computer generated image of the proposed homes NB. images subject to design development.

Plans to deliver 116 purpose-built rental homes on a former primary school site in Hetton-le-Hole, Sunderland have been approved by the city council.

The scheme from award-winning build-to-rent (BtR) developer Placefirst will redevelop the former Easington Lane primary school site – that has remained vacant since the school was relocated in 2006 – with a mix of house-types including bungalows, mews homes and townhouses to appeal to households of all sizes.

Properties will range from two to four-bedroom homes with high-quality public realm, including a new children’s play area and a range of shared landscaped courtyard gardens overlooked by the properties.

Following the granting of planning permission, Placefirst aim to commence construction this Summer, working with in-house contractor, Placefirst Construction.

The Hetton-le-Hole scheme will be Placefirst’s second family build-to-rent community in the North East, following The Green in Hartlepool where 86 homes have been developed around a new urban park.

David Smith-Milne, managing director of Placefirst, said: “Our plans for Hetton-le-Hole will deliver best in class rental homes for a growing demographic that rely on renting for their housing needs. Through Placefirst’s build-to-rent approach our residents are at the forefront of everything we do – we think long-term about the places we create and do as much as we can to build homes in an attractive, professionally managed setting where our residents enjoy living.

“More families are renting than ever before and the need for a reliable, quality offer has never been greater. Our homes offer a genuine, high-quality alternative for working families priced out of the housing market, or who prefer to the flexibility of renting.”

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Placefirst announces plans for £27.5m Build to Rent Urban Village in Bolton

Award-winning Build to Rent (BTR) developer Placefirst has unveiled its vision to transform a key site in Bolton Council’s town centre masterplan.

Central Street car park, which lies in the Croal Valley area, is set to be transformed in a £27.5m development with the town’s first purpose-built, multi-generational BTR urban village.

The scheme will comprise four blocks designed around a network of pedestrian priority streets, courtyards, rooftop terraces and resident gardens.

Designed to appeal to young and old, the scheme proposes a diverse mix of circa 200 homes including family town houses, downsizer apartments, and a choice of one and two-bedroom apartments.

Complementing the residential elements of the scheme, Placefirst is also proposing up to 15,000 sq.ft of Grade A office space, and a range of ground floor commercial units along Deansgate, a key thoroughfare in Bolton town centre.

Working with MCAU architects, the scheme has been designed to complement the historic fabric of Bolton centre through a mix of medium-rise buildings set out to create a network of people-friendly streets, squares and courtyards. An outdoor art gallery is also being explored to showcase Bolton’s creativity.

The site is bounded to the north by the River Croal and, in partnership with Bolton Council, Placefirst will explore options to enhance the riverside environment as part of wider council strategy to improve pedestrian links along the river.

A planning application will be submitted later this year and, subject to approval, Placefirst aims to start work on site by early 2020 with in-house contractor, Placefirst Construction.

David Smith-Milne, managing director of Placefirst, commented:

Bolton Council has set out an ambitious vision for the town centre and we are excited to be working with such a forward-thinking local authority. We have developed our plans for Central Street with the wider town centre framework in mind and are confident our proposals will reflect that ambition.

Having cut our teeth delivering complex refurbishment projects in regeneration areas, Bolton represents an important new milestone for Placefirst as our first major town centre new-build BTR community. This project will show that town centre, urban living isn’t just for young people living in boring apartments. Through good design and excellent placemaking, schemes such as this will appeal to families, downsizers and the elderly, living together in a genuinely multi-generational community.

As a build-to-rent developer and landlord, Placefirst put the end-user at the forefront of our designs, ensuring we deliver great homes complimented by attractive amenity spaces that bring communities together. Central Street embraces this thinking through the creation of a new residential neighbourhood characterised by human scale urban design and an engaging public realm strategy.

It is the latest in a series of announcements as part of Bolton Council’s masterplan to redevelop the town centre.

The council is working with investors and developers to bring schemes forward in five areas – Croal Valley, Cheadle Square, Church Wharf, Crompton Place, and Trinity Quarter.

Last week it was revealed that the masterplan is now worth £1.2bn thanks to increasing amounts of private sector investment.

Deputy leader of Bolton Council and portfolio holder for regeneration, Cllr Ebrahim Adia, said:

The council’s £100m fund has triggered significant developer and investor confidence in Bolton, and it’s great to see another exciting residential scheme coming forward for our town centre masterplan.

It would see an area of land that is rundown and in need of redevelopment completely transformed, with our first build to rent neighbourhood.

We are delighted to be working with Placefirst on this regeneration opportunity, and the scheme will provide high-quality housing on a brownfield site.

Announcements made so far in the masterplan include: confirmation in principle of over £250m of private sector investment funding to replace Crompton Place Shopping Centre on Victoria Square; £48m plans for Trinity Gateway by Bolton Regeneration Limited, which is also involved in Crompton Place; Muse Developments submitting a planning application for a £150 million new neighbourhood in Church Wharf and Forshaw Developments’ planning application for a £35m residential development on land fronting St Georges Road in the Croal Valley site.

Alongside Bolton, Placefirst is working on a number of new BTR communities across the North of England set to commence in 2019. These include 113 homes in Sheffield, 116 in Sunderland, and 52 new-build homes in Liverpool as part of the wider regeneration of Welsh Streets.

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Placefirst secure planning for £16.5m BTR community in Sheffield

Sheffield City Council has approved a planning application from Placefirst, the award-winning build-to-rent developer, to transform a long-term vacant site into a new, purpose-built rental community of 113 family homes.

Under the proposals approved by the council’s Planning Committee on 12th March, Placefirst plan to build a mix of three and four-bedroom family homes off Skye Edge Avenue. The site, located on a prominent position overlooking Sheffield city centre, had previously been awaiting redevelopment since 2006.

Skye Edge is located on the eastern edge of Sheffield city centre and has been vacant since a deck-access housing scheme built in the 1970’s was demolished in 2006. Since then the site has been used as informal open space by the local community and, under the approved plans, Placefirst will retain a large area of open space complimented by a new children’s play area.

Placefirst aim to commence construction in May 2019, working with in-house contractor, Placefirst Construction. The first homes should be ready to welcome new families from April 2020, with show homes expected to be ready 2-3 months earlier. Full completion of Skye Edge is anticipated by December 2020.

New back-to-back townhouses with roof terraces. NB. images subject to design development.

 

David Smith-Milne, Managing Director of Placefirst, commented: “Skye Edge will set a new benchmark in private renting for the families of Sheffield. Through our build-to-rent approach, not only will we create best-in-class homes, we will compliment those homes with professionally managed outdoor spaces where neighbours can socialise, and a community can flourish.

“More families are renting than ever before and the need for a reliable, quality offer has never been greater. Our homes offer a genuine, high-quality alternative for working families priced out of the housing market, or who prefer to the flexibility of renting.”

Skye Edge will be the first purpose-built BTR development from regeneration specialist Placefirst, a Manchester-based company that has successfully transformed several inner urban sites through innovative remodelling of existing properties including the multi award-winning Welsh Streets in Toxteth, Liverpool.

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Build-to-rent developer Placefirst secures 12 reservations at launch of phase two of £10m award-winning scheme in Morecambe

Placefirst, the Manchester-based build-to-rent developer, has secured reservations on 12 homes at the launch of phase two of its scheme to transform empty properties in the west end of Morecambe, Lancs.

At a launch event over the weekend of 16th – 17th February, prospective residents reserved 12 of 59 new homes in the second stage of the £10m award-winning scheme at a launch event that attracted more than 50 visitors.

With properties ranging in size from five-bedroom houses to one-bedroom apartments, Placefirst staged the two-day event to allow prospective residents to visit three show homes and reserve their new home.

Located within a short walk of Morecambe’s famous promenade, West End Two follows on from the adjacent West End One, a development of 51 townhouses and apartments that was voted the UK’s Best Residential Refurbishment Project at the 2017 Sunday Times British Homes Awards.

The new homes at West End Two have been created through innovative remodelling of large Victorian properties, resulting in a bespoke collection of houses, duplexes and apartments built to appeal to a wide variety of households.

The homes have been built by Placefirst’s in-house contractor, Placefirst Construction, with management of the development to be undertaken by Placefirst’s Resident Services team.

Located off Regent Road between Chatsworth Road and Balmoral Road and with rents from £540 – £884 per calendar month with no third-party letting agent fees, West End Two will offer best in class accommodation for households looking for a better rental experience.

Residents at all Placefirst developments are asked to sign a Neighbourhood Pledge as part of the firm’s commitment to improving standards in the private rental sector.

Victoria Hoare, head of resident services at Placefirst, said: “Following the success of West End One, securing reservations on 20% of the homes available at launch proves the continued demand for high quality, professionally managed rental properties in the West End of Morecambe.

“Since its completion in October 2016, the first phase has been fully let and we continue to receive regular enquiries for the homes. West End Two is building on that success, offering the same high standards of accommodation within the historic envelope of these grand Victorian properties.

“The Placefirst team works tirelessly to ensure our residents have a great home, backed up by secure tenures and a ‘best in class’ landlord service. We design, build and maintain all our developments and aim to provide a level of service that makes our residents feel secure, valued and respected.”

Placefirst expect the first homes in West End Two to be ready to occupy from April 2019, with full completion anticipated by the autumn.

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Placefirst Launches Second Phase of Award-Winning Homes in Morecambe

IMAGE ABOVE: West End One, the first phase of Placefirst’s transformation of empty homes in Morecambe’s West End.

 

Placefirst, the Manchester based Build-To-Rent developer, is set to launch 59 new homes at West End, the second phase of its £10m award-winning transformation of empty homes in the historic West End of Morecambe.

With homes ranging from five-bedroom houses to one-bedroom apartments, the developer will be holding a launch event across the weekend of 16th – 17th February where members of the public and prospective residents will be able to visit three show homes and reserve their new home. Opening times over the launch weekend are:

Saturday 16th February: 10am to 4pm

Sunday 17th February: 10am to 3pm

Located within a short walk of Morecambe’s famous promenade, West End Two follows on from the adjacent West End One, a development of 51 townhouses and apartments that was voted the UK’s Best Residential Refurbishment Project at the 2017 Sunday Times British Homes Awards.

The new homes at West End Two have been created through innovative remodelling of large Victorian properties, resulting in a bespoke collection of houses, duplexes and apartments built to appeal to a wide variety of households. The homes have been built by Placefirst’s in-house contractor, Placefirst Construction, and management of the development will be carried out by Placefirst’s Resident Services team.

IMAGE ABOVE: A typical interior of a two-bedroom apartment at West End One.

 

With rents launching from £540 – £884 per calendar month with no third-party letting agent fees, West End Two will offer best in class accommodation for households looking for a better rental experience. Residents at all Placefirst developments are asked to sign a Neighbourhood Pledge as part of the company’s commitment to improving standards in the private rental sector.

Victoria Hoare, Head of Resident Services at Placefirst, said: “West End One has demonstrated the clear need for high quality, professionally managed rental properties in Morecambe. Since its completion in October 2016 the development has been fully let and we continue to receive regular enquiries for the homes. West End Two is building on that success, offering the same high standards of accommodation within the historic envelope of these grand Victorian properties.

“The Placefirst team work tirelessly to ensure our residents have a great home, backed up by secure tenures and a best in class landlord service. We design, build and maintain all our developments and aim to provide a level of service that makes our residents feel secure, valued and respected.”

“We are proud of our award-winning track record in Build-to-Rent communities and I would urge anyone looking for a better rental experience to come along to our launch weekend and see for themselves the quality of the new homes on offer.”

Councillor Janice Hanson, Cabinet member with responsibility for planning and regeneration, said: “Following on from the excellent work by Placefirst on the award-winning flagship West End One scheme, the completion of the second phase of work to transform empty properties into homes for all types of households, and encourage people to live and invest in the West End is fantastic news for the town.”

Placefirst expect the first homes to be ready to move into from April 2019, with full completion anticipated by Autumn.

West End Two is located off Regent Road between Chatsworth Road and Balmoral Road. Anyone interested in attending the launch event can contact Placefirst on 03300 581 905 for further details or, alternatively, head to 53 Balmoral Road between 16th-17th February where the Placefirst team will be on hand to show visitors round three show homes and take any enquiries.

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Placefirst Submit Plans for First New-Build Homes at Award Winning Welsh Streets Development

The award-winning regeneration of The Welsh Streets took another step forward this week as Placefirst submitted plans for 52 new-build homes as part of the ongoing transformation of Victorian terraced streets.

Under plans submitted to Liverpool City Council this week, the latest £8m proposal is set to deliver a mix of 1/2/3/4-bedroom houses as part of a wider 299 home masterplan that includes the comprehensive refurbishment of over 300 Victorian terraced properties.

The newly built homes, located on Voelas Street, South Street and Wynnstay Street, will occupy a mix of longstanding vacant sites and areas where refurbishment has not been possible. Once delivered, the new homes will stitch together the historic street pattern of The Welsh Streets and transform South Street, a key pedestrian route currently characterised by blank gable walls.

The new homes have been designed to create a modern, complimentary contrast with the Victorian terraces and use a palette of materials that ensure a consistent streetscape design across The Welsh Streets. Similar to the refurbished properties, the new homes will have access to attractive landscaped communal avenues which are replacing traditional yards and alleys typically associated with terraced housing.

IMAGE ABOVE: A computer generated image of the proposed homes on South Street.

 

Proposals for the new-build homes were shared with the local community and senior council officers at a public consultation event held at Placefirst’s marketing suite on 14th December 2018.

Subject to planning approval and enabling works, Placefirst aim to commence construction by Summer 2019, working with in-house contractor, Placefirst Construction.

David Smith-Milne, Managing Director of Placefirst commented:

“These new designs for Welsh Streets will make a great contribution to the ongoing regeneration of this historic neighbourhood, and offer even more people a genuine alternative to volume housebuilder solutions that are increasingly homogenous and devoid of any genuine placemaking.

At a time when Build-to-Rent is largely characterised by small, urban apartments aimed at the young, and ownership starter-homes offer little other that small, identikit houses disconnected from established communities, Placefirst are creating aspirational, larger and architecturally exciting homes and leading the way in housing can be exciting and interesting once again.

Families with children make up the largest section of the private rented sector, yet very few are benefitting from the market clamour to Build-to-Rent. We are proud of our award-winning track record in Build-to-Rent communities and these new properties will offer long-term and secure residencies for their new occupiers when they become available in early 2020.”

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Placefirst submit plans for Sunderland Build-to-Rent Community

Award-winning build-to-rent developer, Placefirst, has submitted a planning application that aims to deliver 116 purpose-built homes on a former primary school site in Hetton-le-Hole, Sunderland.

Under plans submitted to Sunderland City Council last week, Placefirst are proposing to redevelop the former Easington Lane primary school site that has remained vacant since the school was relocated in 2006. Plans for the new homes include a mix of house-types including bungalows, mews homes and townhouses that will appeal to households of all sizes.

Properties will range from two to four-bedroom homes, and will be complimented by high-quality public realm, including a new children’s play area and a range of shared landscaped courtyard gardens overlooked by the new homes.

IMAGE ABOVE: A computer generated image of the proposed homes NB. images subject to design development.

 

Proposals for the new homes were shared with the local community and ward members at a public consultation event at the Easington Lane Community Access Point on 19th October 2018.

Subject to planning approval and enabling works, Placefirst aim to commence construction in early 2019, working with in-house contractor, Placefirst Construction. The site in Hetton-le-Hole will be Placefirst’s second family build-to-rent community in the North East, following on from The Green in Hartlepool that is delivering 94 homes around a new urban park.

David Smith-Milne, Managing Director of Placefirst commented: “The proposals for Hetton-le-Hole represent our first new-build rental community in the North-East, following on from the success of The Green in Hartlepool, which has transformed over 200 empty homes into a range of family homes centred around a new park managed by our team.

“Through Placefirst’s build-to-rent approach our residents are at the forefront of everything we do – we think long-term about the places we create and do as much as we can to build homes in an attractive, professionally managed setting where our residents enjoy living.

“More families are renting than ever before and the need for a reliable, quality offer has never been greater. Our homes offer a genuine, high-quality alternative for working families priced out of the housing market, or who prefer to the flexibility of renting.”

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Placefirst submits planning application for first new-build rental community.

Placefirst, the award-winning build-to-rent developer, has submitted a planning application that could transform a long-term vacant site into a new, purpose-built rental community of 113 family homes.

Under proposals submitted to Sheffield City Council last week, Placefirst propose a mix of three and four-bedroom family homes off Skye Edge Avenue. The site, located on a prominent position overlooking Sheffield city centre, has previously been awaiting redevelopment since 2005.

The plans for the new homes were shared with the local community and ward members at a public consultation event at the Skye Edge social centre on 14th September 2018.

Subject to planning approval and enabling works, Placefirst aim to commence construction in early 2019, working with in-house contractor, Placefirst Construction.

David Smith-Milne, Managing Director of Placefirst commented:

The homes proposed for Skye Edge will set a new benchmark in private renting for the families of Sheffield. Through our build-to-rent approach not only will we create best-in-class homes, we will compliment those homes with professionally managed outdoor spaces where neighbours can socialise and a community can flourish.

More families are renting than ever before and the need for a reliable, quality offer has never been greater. Our homes offer a genuine, high-quality alternative for working families priced out of the housing market, or who prefer to the flexibility of renting.

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New Homes and Urban Park nearing completion at The Green, Hartlepool

Dozens of applications have been flooding in from residents looking to rent new homes within the multi-million-pound redevelopment of The Green, in Hartlepool.

Phase two of the build is progressing quickly, which will see specialist residential developer, Placefirst, providing more than 80 quality, long-term one, two and three-bedroom rental homes for the Hartlepool market by late spring.

Managing director, David Smith-Milne, said: “We had a fantastic response to the launch of The Green last May, with the first release of homes being reserved within days. All the homes are now fully occupied and provide ‘best-in-class’ rental housing for the people of Hartlepool.

What is really exciting is that we’re already seeing people sign up to reserve properties being transformed as part of phase two. They’ve been able to watch their new home being created before their very eyes.

Turning rental houses into genuine, long-term homes is at the heart of Placefirst’s approach, which is why the firm is one of the very few landlords that allow pets.

David said: “An aspect of regular feedback we receive from our residents is how appreciative they are that we accept pets. As a dog owner myself, I would hate to think I wouldn’t be able to move into a beautiful new property because of my pet, so we wanted to make sure this wasn’t an issue for Placefirst residents.”

The Placefirst team has been working hard throughout the winter to ensure that the latest properties, a selection of two-bedroom homes for rent, are available ahead of schedule.

David said: “The reason so many people have been contacting us to reserve their property before the building work was finished, is thanks to our ability to tailor homes to meet the specific requirements of the people who are going to live in them.

As a Placefirst resident you can pick your own kitchens, colour schemes and if you have a special request we will do whatever we can to accommodate it. This kind of customisation is usually limited to home owners buying a new property, but we want our residents to see this as their home for many years to come, and personalising their new house is very much a part of that.

Phase two will see a series of structural alterations taking place within the properties, including restructuring walls to make the homes bigger, brighter and lighter. In some cases, extensions are being added at the rear to create large, open plan living downstairs, with spacious additional bedrooms upstairs.

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Placefirst confirm second phase of award winning Morecambe homes

Specialist build-to-rent developer Placefirst is set to start work on a £5m scheme that will transform long-term empty properties in the historic West End of Morecambe.

West End Two will be a collection of townhouses, duplexes and apartments created through the refurbishment and remodeling of 23 former guesthouses. The scheme follows on from West End One which on 21 September 2017 won Best Conversion/Refurbishment at The Sunday Times British Homes Awards.

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