Town centre project is the ‘steel deal’
With 15,000 metres of steel – weighing 767 tonnes – in place, Grainger’s £30 million, seven storey Milton Keynes development project is rapidly taking shape.
The columns, beams, bracings and ledger angles erected in Silbury Boulevard form the framework of a structure that will provide the town with 139 high quality, one and two bedroomed apartments for the private rental sector (PRS).
The PRS division of United Living - United City Living - is leading on the construction of the scheme which is due for completion in 2019. The homes will be owned by GRIP, a REIT owned by APG and Grainger plc*, and managed by Grainger, the UK’s largest residential landlord, a market leader with over 100 years’ experience in PRS.
The initiative is being delivered by High Street Residential – one of The High Street Group of Companies – which has seven similar UK-wide projects, worth £329 million and including a further 1,590 apartments - either under construction or with planning approval.
All 139 apartments are being designed specifically for rent with the customers’ needs in mind. Each unit will be finished to a high specification, featuring a stylish open plan kitchen and lounge area. The larger apartments will have a bedroom on either side of the living space, each with en-suite facilities. Additional services will include: superfast broadband, onsite concierge and amenity space.
Richard Baker, Midlands Director for United Living, said: “This is a milestone development for United Living as it is the first project we’ve undertaken for the private rental sector. The team has made fantastic progress and we’re pleased to see these much-needed new homes are taking shape for the benefit of the local community.
“During this construction phase we’re keen to leverage as much added value as possible and have already created 6 new jobs on site with the expectation that around 150 workers will contribute toward the project during its two-year life cycle.”
Helen Gordon, CEO, Grainger plc, said: “We are pleased with the progress of our first development in Milton Keynes and look forward to bringing great quality homes combined with our expertise and commitment to great service to the city.”
Gary Forrest, Chairman of The High Street Group of Companies, said: “Already 19% of the UK’s population rents homes and this figure is set to grow as young professionals, making their way in new careers, seek contemporary urban homes with flexibility to follow the jobs market.
“Working with our partners and Milton Keynes Council, we plan to create a community with a modern village feel that will cater particularly for the needs of these aspiring young people – helping to attract and retain skills and investment in the community.”
With its headquarters in Stockbridge House, Newcastle, The High Street Group of Companies was established by successful entrepreneur Gary Forrest in 2006. It has grown to become a leading financial and property group employing over 100 people in activities including large scale property development and construction, hospitality and leisure.