Placefirst appointed to deliver Sunderland SFH BTR

Placefirst is appointed to deliver single-family Build to Rent homes across two major regeneration schemes in Sunderland.

Wearmouth Bridge, Sunderland. Sunderland City Council as appointed Placefirst to deliver single-family Build to Rent homes across two of its major regeneration schemes | BTR News
Wearmouth Bridge, Sunderland. Sunderland City Council has appointed Placefirst to deliver single-family Build to Rent homes across two of its major regeneration schemes. Image credit: Sandra, CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Award-winning Build to Rent provider Placefirst is set to deliver 220 single-family housing (SFH) Build to Rent homes across two major regeneration schemes in the city. Placefirst has been appointed as Preferred Development Partner by Sunderland City Council.

The two developments are part of Sunderland’s ambitious social and economic regeneration programme. The first will include Placefirst delivering 140 new homes at Farringdon Row, the second residential neighbourhood within the transformative Riverside Sunderland masterplan. The second will see up to 80 new homes delivered at Nile and Villiers in Sunniside.

“The rate of transformation at Riverside Sunderland is rapid and reflects our determination and ambition to make this a world-class place to live, work and play. 

“Building high-quality homes in exciting new communities is key to our plan for Riverside Sunderland, and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with Placefirst to bring forward the second residential scheme in this game-changing new urban quarter.”

Patrick Melia, Chief Executive, Sunderland City Council

A planning application is anticipated later this year for Farringdon Row. Placefirst will deliver high-quality energy efficient homes and the sustainable community will benefit from views across the Wear and the regenerated Riverside Park. Residents would benefit from skilled, friendly in-house teams, and dedicated resident services managers.

The neighbourhood will also include a network of communal and public open spaces that will enhance connectivity throughout the new Riverside Sunderland community.  

The Farringdon Row project team includes locally based architects IDPartnership (IDP), development consultants Identity Consult, and landscape architects Southern Green. Development is planned to start in spring 2024.

With Nile and Villiers in Sunniside, Placefirst will support Sunderland City Council and its partners in the funding and delivery of the homes. They will then own and manage the scheme, which forms part of the Council’s City Centre Housing Ecosystem which received support from Round 1 of the Levelling Up Fund. 

“We are excited to be working in partnership with Sunderland City Council on these projects and building on our existing track record of creating high-quality neighbourhoods in this region.

“The Riverside Sunderland masterplan is one of the most ambitious residential regeneration projects in the UK and Farringdon Row and Nile Villiers will play a big part in setting the standard for Build to Rent developments throughout the North East. We look forward to progressing with the plans and bringing both these schemes to life, bringing much needed quality new rental homes to the area.”

David Mawson, chief executive officer, Placefirst

Both Farringdon Row and Nile and Villiers adds to Placefirst’s strong portfolio of SFH Build to Rent homes across the North East, which is growing at a fast pace. This news follows Placefirst’s recent planning application for its Benwell Dene neighbourhood in Newcastle.