A Build to Rent scheme – named The Meridian – received planning permission yesterday (Tuesday 17 August). The 23 storey Sheffield scheme lodged with planners earlier this year (2021) by Godwin Developments will see the construction of 336 Build to Rent apartments on the edge of the city centre.
The Meridian will include a mix of one, two and three bedroom modern open-plan apartments and 94 private balconies. The scheme also incorporates a large amount of flexible ground floor amenity space for a concierge reception, co-working spaces, residents’ only lounge and gym. It features a landscaped roof garden and plaza fronting onto Queens Road, as well as 358 cycle storage and 29 car parking spaces.
“We are delighted to have received planning consent from Sheffield City Council for this scheme. The development is a major milestone for the Build to Rent market in the city, bringing forward a multifunctional living space that is also perfect for working, relaxing and socialising.
“The Meridian is a well-located scheme of exceptional design quality shaped around the requirements and lifestyles of city centre residents. It emphasises wellbeing, light, natural materials and finishes, as well as access to private and shared outdoor space and community focused amenities.
“As such we are confident it will be a popular choice among residents of various age groups – and an attractive proposition for investors.”James Mulcare, Head of Residential Capital Markets, Godwin Developments
Close to Sheffield’s train station, transport routes and all major amenities, The Meridian will contribute significantly to the housing requirements of the city, as well as to the overall regeneration and investment programme under way in Sheffield.
The Meridian scheme will redevelop a prominent 1.1-acre brownfield site, which has been vacant for many years. Five minutes’ walk from Sheffield’s Midland Station and a ten-minute walk from the city centre including Sheffield’s main shopping and entertainment districts, residents will benefit from parks and outdoor spaces, and both universities are also nearby. The scheme is easily accessible by road and public transport, with proposed walking, cycling, and tram routes expected to enhance sustainable mobility to and from the development in the near future.
“We are grateful for the help and support provided to us by the Sheffield City Council planning team, which has led to the successful outcome of our planning application.
“It has resulted in the creation of a landmark building that is simple and effective in design and adds positively to the city’s new skyline. When built, The Meridian will become a welcome focal point for residents and visitors to Sheffield, realising the Council’s ambitions for the city.
“We would like to thank the members of the planning committee, the statutory consultees that have worked alongside us in the last few months, as well as planning experts Urbana Town Planning, architects Bond Bryan, consultants Rider Levett Bucknall and engineers HSP Consulting.”Ketan Patel, Senior Development Manager, Godwin Developments