Plans approved for Hawkstone’s Southampton BTR

Hawkstone Properties and SGN Place secure planning for a Corstorphine & Wright designed Build to Rent scheme in Southampton.

Hawkstone Properties proposed Britannia Road scheme | BTR News
Hawkstone Properties proposed Britannia Road scheme.

Plans for a Build to Rent scheme on the site of former gasworks near St Mary’s stadium received planning approval yesterday evening (4 June 2024) from Southampton council.

The news follows planning being submitted in 2022 by property developers Hawkstone Properties and SGN Place, with Savills as acting as the agent.

The scheme at the Britannia Road site has been designed by Corstorphine & Wright and is being delivered by Hawkstone Properties.

It will deliver 384 new Build to Rent homes in a mix of 186 one-bedroom and 198 two-bedroom apartments, spread across four blocks ranging in height from eight to 17-storeys. 264 apartments also feature private balconies.

Amenities include a gym, library, rooftop gardens and work/study area, and residents will benefit from a concierge and 176 car parking spaces.

The scheme will also include a restaurant/café, over 10,000 sq ft of commercial floorspace, a community hall and enhanced public spaces.

The proposals highlight the transformation of the site – which has lain vacant for several years – into a vibrant community hub, injecting new life into the area.

The site was a gasworks and holder station since the 1880s. Corstorphine & Wright’s designs of the scheme echo’s the Britannia Road site’s industrial heritage – both architecturally and in its landscape.

“We have spent the past four years collaborating with Hawkstone, Southampton City Council, and our fellow consultants on the development of this landmark residential scheme.

“Our vision for the project is to contribute to the sustainability and prosperity of this part of Southampton adjacent to St Mary’s Stadium.

“The distinctive scheme, which will form the Northern Gateway to the Itchen Riverside and City, has been designed to echo its industrial past.”

Edward Norman, Design Director, Corstorphine & Wright