Osborne reaches practical completion at The Blockhouse BTR

Osborne Developments reaches practical completion at The Blockhouse, their Build to Rent scheme in Brighton.

The Blockhouse Build to Rent development in Brighton | Osborne Developments | BTR News
The Blockhouse Build to Rent development in Brighton.

Established Build to Rent and purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) developer – Osborne Developments – reaches practical completion at their Pelham Street Build to Rent scheme, named The Blockhouse.

Osborne Developments acquired the site in 2019 and subsequently secured Build to Rent planning consent in 2021. Forward funded by PGIM Real Estate, the project in Brighton city centre was built by Osborne Construction.

“We are incredibly proud of how the Pelham Street project has been delivered, and we would especially like to thank Osborne Construction as well as our funding partner PGIM Real Estate.

“This is an exceptional part of Brighton city centre in which Osborne Developments identified, achieved planning, and delivered homes with strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials. Homes designed to meet the needs of a thriving new rental community.”

David Walters, Managing Director, Osborne Developments 

Designed by HNW Architects, The Blockhouse includes two buildings comprising 135 new homes in a mix of studio, one, two and three bedroom Build to Rent apartments, maisonettes and townhouses.

Amenity lounge at The Blockhouse Build to Rent scheme | BTR News
Amenity lounge at The Blockhouse Build to Rent scheme.

Amenities include a lounge, gym and rooftop terrace with integrated BBQ. Residents also benefit from an on-site reception, electric vehicle charging, and both bike and parcel storage. Touchstone have been appointed as the managing agent for the scheme.

“We are delighted to reach practical completion of Pelham Street. The project started on-site in 2021 within three months of planning being granted, and now achieved practical completion nearly two months ahead of schedule. 

“This presents a wonderful opportunity to honour the remarkable efforts of the entire project team. This project and the quality of the finished homes superbly demonstrate the capability of our business.”

Mike Smedley, Managing Director, Osborne Construction 

The Build to Rent development will achieve WiredScore certification, confirming the homes are digitally future-proofed and have some of the best levels of connectivity. The Blockhouse also marks the first Build to Rent building in Brighton to attain the globally recognised verification of infrastructure connectivity.

Located 250 metres from Brighton Railway Station, The Blockhouse development is also adjacent to the iconic North Laine Conservation Area, providing residents with over 400 independent shops and cafés on their doorstep.

“Pelham Street in Brighton is an important scheme that supports the regeneration of Brighton’s New England Quarter and creating a community in the heart of the city, which has suffered from under-supply of high-quality rental property. As we continue to see strong rental growth, Pelham Street strengthens our UK PRS portfolio for which we remain focussed on seeking early-stage access to attractive, well-located properties with amenities catering to today’s tenant.”

Christine Fritz, Portfolio Manager of PGIM Real Estate’s European core strategy

Part of the Osborne Group, Osborne Developments specialises in the acquisition and development of medium to large-scale Build to Rent and PBSA schemes. The Osborne Construction business was founded in 1966 by Geoffrey Osborne.