Grainger plc’s first Build to Rent scheme in Derby has been named The Condor – after Rolls-Royce’s famous engine. The scheme is the city’s first, which is based on the former Debenhams site on Victoria Street. It has been named in recognition of the city’s engineering excellence, celebrating the aircraft engine built by Rolls-Royce in Derby in 1918.
“The famous Condor engine was state-of-the-art technology in its day, and we’re delighted that it is still a source of inspiration today.”A spokesperson for Rolls-Royce
Famously recognised for its powerful engine system, Rolls-Royce Condor III, was one of the first engines built by Rolls-Royce. With up to 675 horsepower, the engine was experimentally flown to explore the operations of a diesel engine in flight – an innovative development in aviation history. Much like the famed engine, The Condor will be first of its kind in the city of Derby – a purpose built private rental community which is expected to complete in Spring 2023.
“When naming a Grainger development, we take great care and effort to research the local area and understand the heritage of the site. We identified several themes for our first development in Derby, but loved the idea of The Condor, given its historic links to the city. We were delighted when Rolls-Royce kindly agreed to letting us use The Condor for the name. We look forward to drawing further inspiration from the engine in our designs as we head towards completion and launch of The Condor in 2023.”Leesa Ingham, Head of Marketing, Grainger
With construction work well underway, The Condor will deliver 259 new homes – a mix of one and two bedroom apartments. The scheme will include 2,962sq ft of internal ground floor amenity space for residents, including a shared resident’s lounge and co-working space.
There will also be an additional 2,185sq ft of external rooftop space with a terrace overlooking the new public square. Other amenities include a gym, secure car parking, bike store,and electric car charging points. Residents will also benefit from complimentary superfast WiFi and a dedicated onsite Resident Services Team.
“We have always been committed to maintaining the heritage of the Becketwell area of Derby and are delighted that Grainger are recognising the city’s engineering excellence by naming the Build to Rent development after the iconic aero engine, which was built in Derby.”Paul Morris, Development Director, St James Securities