Construction group Galliford Try’s Investments arm and the UK development arm of Chinese-based CIMC has submitted planning for a Build to Rent development at Flax Place in Leeds. Galliford Try and CIMC have previously worked together on a £75m student accommodation scheme for Newcastle University – which completed last year.
The planning application covers the new development to the east of Leeds city centre – which will include 350 Build to Rent apartments in two tower buildings of 15 and 11 storeys respectively.
The towers will be connected at lower ground floor level with a welcoming reception that provides an attractive, light-filled shared amenity space facing on to an external courtyard. The open frontage to Richmond Street will create a shared public space that connects with the local area.
The apartments will be modern and open plan with the predominantly one and two-bedroom homes reflecting the current demand within Leeds. Workstations in the two and three-bedroom apartments will provide the opportunity for residents to work from home – and the full height windows provide extensive natural light into each apartment. As part of the development, there will be seven fully accessible apartments.
“We are delighted to be reaching a key milestone for this scheme in Leeds, which will be the first Build to Rent scheme that Galliford Try Investments has developed in the city.
“We have an excellent track record of delivering schemes in Leeds both as an investor and building contractor and look forward to being able to begin work on site later this year.”Phil Harris, Director, Galliford Try Investments