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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Welsh Streets wins Refurbishment of the Year Award at Building 2018

The 2018 Building Awards took place on the evening of 6th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

Now In its 24th year and regarded as one of the most prestigious UK development awards, the event was attended by over 1,400 senior-level directors, chief executives and partners from across the breath of the industry.

Hosted by Rob Brydon and packed with entertainment, the evening was an unparalleled opportunity to highlight success, instil pride and celebrate the very best in UK construction.

Placefirst’s regeneration of The Welsh Streets was awarded Refurbishment Project of the Year, beating off competition from high profile shortlist including The Royal Academy of Arts, The Temperate House at Kew Gardens, and the former BBC Television Centre.

The judges commented: “Welsh Streets is a radical build-to-rent scheme that encourages community and provides a blueprint for developers all around the country to copy.

For a full summary of why the Welsh Streets was chosen at Refurbishment of the Year can be found on the Building website.

The Refurbishment of the Year Award is now the eighth award for The Welsh Streets in 2018, having previously collected three British Homes Awards, three North-West Property Awards, and a Business Insider Liverpool City Region Award.

David Smith-Milne, Managing Director at Placefirst commented:

2018 has been an amazing year for Welsh Streets, but to win this award against such high profile competition is particularly special. Everyone involved in the project has worked so hard to make this a special place for our residents. The homes are unique within Liverpool, offering 21st centrury homes within the shell of traditional Victorian terraces, and setting a new benchmark in affordable market rent”

The Building Awards judges include David Birkbeck (Chief Executive of Design for Homes), Ike Ijeh (Architecture Correspondent at Building) and Lynne Sullivan OBE (Chair of Good Homes Alliance).

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