Plans approved for Present Made of Eddington SFH BTR

Present Made of Eddington Build to Rent scheme secures planning - and is the UK’s first purpose-built family rental development.

Present Made of Eddington secures planning permission. The scheme is part of the University of Cambridge’s North West Cambridge masterplan - Apache Capital | BTR News
Present Made of Eddington secures planning permission. The scheme is part of the University of Cambridge’s North West Cambridge masterplan. Image credit: Jo Cowen Architects.

Single-family rental housing platform – Present Made – secures planning for its debut single-family Build to Rent scheme in Eddington, Cambridge. Apache Capital launched Present Made in 2021 to deliver over 3,000 eco-friendly smart homes using modern methods of construction (MMC). The Present Made of Eddington neighbourhood represents the UK’s first single-family Build to Rent development, which will be integrated into the University of Cambridge’s 150-hectare North West Cambridge masterplan.  

Designed by award-winning practice Jo Cowen Architects, the £160m GDV scheme will deliver 373 new homes – and is centred around helping residents live healthy and sustainable lifestyles. Amenities include a gym, yoga studio, co-working, a communal pavilion, a private dining room, bike café and children’s playgrounds.

With sustainable living at the core of Present Made of Eddington, the scheme has a ‘people before cars’ masterplan, with expansive green spaces and liveable streets to encourage meaningful moments between residents and health and fitness, while ecology corridors and edible gardens will support the local biodiversity of the area.

“The planning committee’s approval is a major vindication of our vision to deliver a lifestyle-led offering and we look forward to getting on-site and seeing the development progress.

“Present Made of Eddington will offer the UK’s first ever homes to have been designed and built from the ground up specifically for rent, situated within a community setting that has sustainability and wellbeing at its very core. Every stage of the design, development and operational plan has a discerning focus on minimising costs for the planet and residents alike, and where community creation and social interaction are strongly encouraged.”

Alan Penfold, Executive Director, Present Made
Communal Pavilion at Present Made of Eddington single-family Build to Rent scheme | BTR News
Communal Pavilion at Present Made of Eddington single-family Build to Rent scheme. Image credit: Jo Cowen Architects.

Present Made will develop, own and manage the scheme. Construction is due to start later this year, with practical completion expected in 2024. Once complete, Present Made will provide round-the-clock professional on-site management and will be responsible for all maintenance issues. The team will also run a year-long calendar of social and wellbeing activities – including zero waste pop-ups, cycling and running clubs, cultural celebrations, live music, art classes, cooking classes, charitable events and talks from inspirational people. 

In Q3 2021, the University of Cambridge appointed Present Made to develop sustainable smart homes. Present Made of Eddington sits within the vision for the wider University of Cambridge’s North West Cambridge masterplan, where plans include 3,000 homes; 2,000 student bedspaces; 100,000 sqm of new employment floorspace; 5,300 sqm of gross retail floorspace; as well as space for senior living, a community centre, police and health facilities, a new school and nursery, hotel, energy centre and extensive open space and landscaping.

Eddington is a mixed academic and urban community that is sustainable, long lasting and ambitious – offering a high quality of life to enhance Cambridge city and the University. The intention is to provide for the future expansion and renewal of the University through the creation of research space and residential accommodation for staff and students.

“High quality rental housing that is flexible yet secure in tenure, attainably priced and responsive to the needs and wants of modern renters is critical to addressing the shortage of accommodation in the Cambridge market.

“It is widely recognised that Cambridge is in need of greater housing provision. The government, at all levels, should be finding ways to harness the growing weight of institutional capital looking to help fund the delivery of high quality housing schemes such as Present Made of Eddington.” Alan Penfold, Executive Director, Present Made

Alan Penfold, Executive Director, Present Made