UK residential and commercial property developer – Godwin Developments – submitted plans yesterday (10 March 2021) for a gateway Build to Rent scheme on the edge of Sheffield city centre. The development – called The Meridian – is on the corner of Farm Road and Queens Road and within walking distance to Sheffield Train Station. Proposals for the scheme include 336 Build to Rent homes – a mix of one, two and three bedroom modern open-plan apartments, with 94 of the apartments to include private balconies.
The contemporary 23-storey building will incorporate a substantial amount of flexible ground floor space – which will provide resident facilities such as a concierge reception, co-working spaces, residents lounge and a gym. There scheme will also have extensive cycle storage and car parking, as well as a landscaped roof garden available exclusively to residents and a new external plaza fronting onto Queens’ Road.
“We are really pleased to have reached this key milestone in the delivery of our ambitious Build to Rent scheme in Sheffield. The Meridian is a forward-looking development designed around the requirements and lifestyles of city centre residents.
“Today more than ever they need their home to be a multifunctional place – not only for living but also for working, relaxing and socialising. That is why the building’s design emphasises wellbeing, light, quality materials and finish, as well as access to private and shared outdoor space and community focused amenities – all within easy access of the nearby transport, parks, culture and entertainment.”James Mulcare, Head of Residential Capital Markets, Godwin Developments
The Meridian will redevelop a prominently located 1.1-acre brownfield site, which has been vacant for many years. Once complete, the scheme will be situated just a five-minute walk from Sheffield’s Midland Station and a ten-minute walk from the city centre including Sheffield’s main shopping and entertainment districts, with parks, outdoor spaces, and both Universities also nearby. The location is currently easily accessible by road and public transport, with proposed walking, cycling and tram routes expected to enhance sustainable mobility in the near future.
“We have worked closely with the planning department at Sheffield City Council since we acquired this highly prominent site last year. We extend our sincere thanks for their support and guidance to-date, resulting in the creation of a clean and stylish design that celebrates quality, detail and craftsmanship with a simple but effective execution of brick and glass. In doing so we believe we have created a building of distinction and sense of place that adds positively to the city’s skyline and sets the benchmark for revitalised public spaces.
“The Meridian will also be an environmentally responsible development, shaped with low energy design principles in mind and supported by a range of strategies to naturally reduce its carbon footprint over time.
“The proposal has been prepared by local architects Bond Bryan whose vision and expertise have been essential in delivering a scheme of exceptional standard. Our extended leading consultant team include planning specialists Urbana Town Planning, cost advisors Rider Levett Bucknall and engineers HSP Consulting.”Ketan Patel, Senior Development Manager, Godwin Developments
The Meridian Build to Rent scheme – a major residential development in the Sheffield Midland Station and Sheaf Valley Development Masterplan – will contribute significantly to the housing requirements of central Sheffield. The scheme will support the regeneration of this important part of the city, also improving public spaces through landscaping and design, attracting significant economic, social and environmental benefits to Sheffield, and promoting its reputation as a leading national destination.
“We are delighted to be supporting Godwin Developments in preparing the design for The Meridian in what will be a contemporary and robust Build to Rent product for the Sheffield market – and one which supports and promotes a new lifestyle choice. The resilience of Build to Rent has been highlighted during the pandemic; with the UK investment hitting a new record high in 2020, The Meridian will undoubtedly form an essential component within the next chapter of the Sheffield City Centre.”Tomasz Romaniewicz, Associate, Bond Bryan
News of the planning submission follows Godwin’s recent planning success for its suburban Build to Rent scheme in Doncaster – which will see the creation of 60 Build to Rent homes.
“By understanding and delivering to residents’ aspirations we are seeking to create highly desirable Build to Rent schemes across key UK regional markets – building homes in both urban and suburban hotspots and generating positive outcomes for investors, local communities and economies alike.”James Mulcare, Head of Residential Capital Markets, Godwin Developments