Student management

Property Roundup: Stewart Milne Homes; Forward; Hollins Homes; Nurture student life; Regional real estate solutions; RLB

Stewart Milne Homes has acquired a 35 acre site in Congleton to create a new community in Cheshire.

The homebuilder bought the land from Leigh-based land development company Ainscough Strategic Land (ASL). The sale represents the first phase of his land ownership of Somerford Green to Stewart Milne Homes, with further disposals in progress.

Located between the town center and Radnor Wood, Stewart Milne Homes will build 178 homes to meet the growing demand for new properties in the area.

Construction will begin shortly on the new Astbury Park development, which will include a range of two, three, four and five bedroom family and executive homes, as well as 32 affordable homes.

These homes will be located in a carefully designed development with plenty of green space, including conservation of existing woodlands, with two footpaths and separate cycle paths connecting the development to the surrounding community and facilities that will be delivered as part of the plan. overall director.

Cheshire East Council granted planning permission for the site in November 2021, and the first phase of work will begin this month with an official sales launch expected in the spring.

Astbury Park’s selection of homes is the first of the Scottish homebuilder’s exclusive new Villages range to be built in England.

As part of Ainscough Strategic Land plans approved in 2017, the larger 60-acre site at Congleton has block clearance for 275 homes, commercial and leisure spaces. Stewart Milne Homes’ Astbury Park development is the first part of the program to move forward, with the initial phase of the homes due to be completed by the end of 2022.

Paul Challinor, Managing Director of Stewart Milne Homes, said: “The acquisition of the Congleton site marks an important step in our vision to create a vibrant new community that has been designed with our ‘places made by people’ approach.

David O’Reilly, chief executive of ASL, said the company will put a nine-acre site on the market next month with the consent of 100 homes and 15-acre land for about 250,000 square feet of building space. ‘use.

The value of the transaction has not been disclosed. Prew Lumley of Squire Patton Boggs advised ASL. John Broadbent of Broadbent Consulting was the land agent. Avison Young’s Manchester office acted as planning consultants. Gary Halman was the landowner’s agent. Philip Gray of Browne Jacobson advised Stewart Milne Homes.


An Onward/Kingsmead program at Garston, Liverpool

Manchester Onward Housing Association is set to deliver more affordable housing in the Wirral with its latest comprehensive land and build deal signed with local SME homebuilder Kingsmead Homes.

Kingsmead Homes will shortly begin full construction of 28 affordable apartments for Onward, next to Seacombe Ferry in Wallasey, with landscaping and underground parking included as part of the development work.

Mersey View, a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments over four floors, is due to be completed by summer 2023, with all homes to be made available at affordable rent.

Funding for the program is being secured through Onward’s strategic partnership with Homes England, which was announced last year and will see the organization build 5,000 new homes by 2030, of which 3,208 will be delivered directly through the partnership.

As one of the largest registered social housing providers in the North West, Onward owns and manages over 35,000 properties in the region, including 1,399 in the Wirral.

Stephen Heverin, Director of Growth and Regeneration at Onward, said: “We look forward to starting work on our Mersey View development, which will provide new, high quality housing in a prime Wirral location at an affordable rate. for the local population.

“As an organization committed to spending our North pound more efficiently, we are delighted to be working with Kingsmead Homes again. Our experienced local contractors have a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise, which really benefits our projects. »

Onward has worked for over 14 years with Kingsmead Homes, a Sefton-based homebuilder SME, on a range of affordable housing developments in the Liverpool City area.

Craig McKibbin, Managing Director of Kingsmead Homes, said: “This will be our 11th program with the Onward team, and one in which we are truly delighted and proud to be involved. This new development occupies pride of place at Seacombe Ferry Terminal and will be a truly recognizable landmark from the river and Liverpool waterfront.


The HGP Team and Hollins Homes

Manchester-based Hollins Homes has received a £15million boost to support the delivery of its pipeline.

The funding comes from the London-based HGP (Housing Growth Partnership) as part of its regional growth initiative and is part of its new £300m property fund.

HGP will provide a four-year £15m equity commitment to help Hollins complete residential developments in the North West, as well as secure positions on allocated land.

HGP has provided Hollins with capital commitments of £6.9 million since 2018, across five development programs totaling 282 units.

Following the latest commitment, Hollins is well positioned to achieve its goal of delivering more than 150 units per year from 2024.

Stephen Goodman, Managing Director of Hollins Homes, said: “HGP has long been a trusted partner of Hollins and with this now secure funding we can continue with increased confidence in implementing our acquisition plans. and site growth in the medium and long term.

John McKeon, Chief Investment Officer of HGP, said: “HGP has supported Hollins for four years and has been extremely impressed with the programs in place and the quality of the management and operating team.

“It is with companies like Hollins in mind, with strong capabilities, an ambition to increase production and a strong focus on the local community, that we have developed the Regional Growth Initiative.”

Hollins Homes was established in 2015 as the home building arm of the land development company Hollins Strategic Land, which was founded in 2007.


Canterbury Hall

Nurtur Student Living sold its Preston site six months ahead of schedule, having only acquired the property last year.

One hundred per cent of its student rentals for the 2022/23 academic year are now booked at Canterbury Hall.

This follows a £65,000 refurbishment of social areas, including a new roof terrace, study areas, games station and cinema room.

Mark Robinson, Managing Director, said: “As we re-emerge from the struggles of COVID-19, the future looks extremely bright for Nurtur Student Living.”

Canterbury Hall is the operator’s second building, having opened its flagship Nurtur House site in Sheffield in 2020.

Nurtur Student Living’s headcount has grown by 100% in the past 12 months as it strives to achieve ambitions for a portfolio of 11 properties over the next five years.


6 The Downs, Altrincham

YourPrime Recruitment is moving from offices near Manchester Airport to self-contained ground floor offices at 6 The Downs, Altrincham.

He took the 720-square-foot unit on a multi-year lease, including rates and utilities.

Mark Clinch, Managing Director of YourPrime Recruitment, said: “We wanted to be based in a city center and Altrincham has a buzz and appeal to the new staff we want to attract.

“It has become a true business hub with all the amenities our growing team and customers could want, bars, cafes, restaurants, gyms and plenty of retail therapy outlets. But the offices had to meet our criteria which are perfect in terms of high-end accommodation, very high speed and location, close to the motorway network, less than 10 minutes walk from the station and the stop tram, which makes it easier to get around.”

Daniel Lee of Regional Property Solutions, who acted for owner, Eden Prop Co, said: ‘These offices have enabled the second visit, reflecting the growing attraction of suburban town centers that we are experiencing as we return to normalcy and those seeking to escape the isolation of the past two years.


Redesigned RLB desk

North West property and management consultant Rider Levett Bucknall is evolving his working environment to create an exciting and dynamic space, prompting his team to return to his office in Kings Street, Manchester.

Over the past two years, forcing businesses to rethink the way they work, RLB has taken a proactive approach to providing alternative workspaces that bring the comforts of home to the office. By installing new upholstery and space for informal meetings and breaks, the team removed office areas and included a new function space, incorporating Optima’s new Adaptable Meeting Room (AMR) technology. .

The RLB design team worked with Optima to design new work zones that offer a host of new work and rest areas to suit different tasks or work styles. These spaces have been upgraded with the latest digital wireless conferencing technology provided by local furniture suppliers and audio visual specialists Penketh Group.

Stephen Gillingham, Managing Partner of RLB North West and Northern Ireland, said: “We are aware that the past two years have completely changed the way most people work and want to work. We listened to our team and responded with a new adaptable office space by creating great spaces to collaborate, socialize and work privately, including safer post-COVID environments for all our staff.