Proposals for a major new Build to Rent scheme in Surrey by Broadway Malyan have been given the go-ahead by planners. The announcement comes just weeks after figures released by CBRE showed the UK’s Build to Rent sector had hit an ‘all-time high’ in the third quarter of 2020.
The plans for the new scheme include the redevelopment of the former British Food Manufacturing and Research Association site at Randalls Way in Leatherhead. The scheme will deliver 214 new one, two- and three-bedroom Build to Rent apartments next to the town’s railway station. The development will also include a range of amenities for residents – including a lounge, full time concierge and gym, and communal courtyards and landscaped gardens.
The design of the scheme includes a glazed link between buildings which creates a visual connection between Randalls Way streetscape and the vibrant landscaped heart of the development, to integrate the residents with the community. In addition, the business lounge, terrace, and social space is located at the front – to bring life and interest to the street scene.
“We are delighted to have been given the go-ahead for Randall’s Way, and look forward to development taking shape. The design of the scheme is simple and understated with extraordinary landscaping and a mosaic of open spaces. It really is the missing part of the jigsaw for this area as the other streets have already come back to life in recent years.”Jennie Lunn, Architect, Broadway Malyan
The architectural language of the project is simple and understated with a restrained palette of bricks, metal cladding and railings, which responds to the local context and the proposed landscaping. The Broadway Malyan architectural team for Randalls Way includes Stuart Bertie, Vince Prescott and Jennie Lunn.
“Our vision for the space, outside of aesthetics and topography, was to create a place for a cross-generational community, with everyone from young families to retired couples to downsizers enjoying all the area has to offer with the bonus of good transport links nearby.”Jennie Lunn, Architect, Broadway Malyan
In line with local authority guidelines, the development will provide affordable housing – and Titan Property Developments have also pledged £85,000 towards the construction of an off-site play area, making it the perfect location for families.
To meet the Mole Valley District Council’s target CO2 reduction, the heating and hot water provisions will be met using Air Source Heat Pumps. In line with the scheme’s sustainable transport aspirations, the proposals will deliver 112 residential and visitor parking spaces on site with a minimum of 20% fitted with electric charging points – as well as secure cycle storage for each home.
Broadway Malyan is also currently working on several significant Build to Rent developments across London.