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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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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 2018 Review

The review summarises all the things we have achieved over the last twelve months and highlights the many of the key events throughout the year.

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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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Placefirst proudly celebrates another award for its West End One development

Specialist build-to-rent developer Placefirst is proudly celebrating another award for its West End One development at the annual Northern Design Awards ceremony held last week.

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Placefirst’s first conference – Housing the Forgotten Majority

If there is any chance of the Government reaching its housing targets, developers and local councils must work together to bring the private rented sector outside of its city centre strongholds, said leading industry figures at Place North West and Placefirst’s Housing the Forgotten Majority conference.

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