Touchstone joins forces with David Phillips to furnish The Blockhouse, Brighton

Brighton’s latest Build to Rent scheme reaches practical completion, boasting a dynamic interior curated by David Phillips.

Bedroom at The Blockhouse. Touchstone joins forces with David Phillips to furnish the scheme | BTR News
Bedroom at The Blockhouse. Touchstone joins forces with David Phillips to furnish the scheme.

Build to Rent managing agent Touchstone welcomes the first residents to their new development, The Blockhouse in Brighton, following practical completion in January.  

The Blockhouse is designed to bring a vibrant and dynamic ambience to the customer living experience, distinguishing the development from other rental properties within the local market.

Located in the heart of Brighton’s bustling city centre, surrounded by over 400 independent shops and cafes for residents to enjoy, The Blockhouse will integrate seamlessly into the neighbourhood to become an active contributor in the community. The apartments are future-proofed, and designed to embody the drive for sustainability that is shared by the wider community.

After a competitive tender process led by Stephanie Douglas, Head of Build to Rent Operations at Touchstone, David Phillips were chosen as the furniture provider for the development. Touchstone selected the expert furniture solutions provider as they knew they were able to encapsulate the needs of the customer and turn their vision into a reality.

Amenity space at The Blockhouse Build to Rent scheme | BTR News
Amenity space at The Blockhouse Build to Rent scheme.

‘’We are delighted with how the spaces have turned out. We’ve worked with David Phillips to really ensure that the furniture has been designed for our customers and their needs – David Phillips have taken our vision and turned it into a reality’.”

Stephanie Douglas, Head of Build to Rent Operations, Touchstone

David Phillips have pioneered design-led furnishing solutions for property professionals for over 25 years. They deliver solutions for a range of sectors including Build to Rent, purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), Residential, Social and Retired Living.   

Touchstone produced a brief using their knowledge of the demographic and micro market to ensure their vision encompassed the needs of future residents. With the help of David Phillips, both teams have cultivated an exciting design proposition, minimising the input required from the client during mobilisation.

Design-led furnishing solutions at The Blockhouse | BTR News
Design-led furnishing solutions at The Blockhouse.

‘’Working with the team at David Phillips is always a pleasure. They show their understanding of the requirements of a Build to Rent customer in every fibre of the furniture they provided. The results speak for themselves and has resulted in a scheme that we are all very proud of.’’

Kirpal Rehinsi, Build to Rent Business Development Associate Director, Touchstone

David Phillips have furnished all the individual apartments including kitchen, bedroom and living room furniture, as well as communal areas: the lounge, co-working spaces and roof terrace. Customers will be offered a standard furniture package which can be included in the rents, providing a fully furnished Build to Rent home.

Living area at The Blockhouse | BTR News
Living area at The Blockhouse.

‘’Partnering with Touchstone on The Blockhouse project in Brighton has once again been an extremely gratifying experience. The significance of this development cannot be overstated, supporting Touchstone’s vision to deliver city homes to the Brighton coast. Our in-house interior design team here at David Phillips embraced the responsibility of bringing Touchstone’s vision to life – we had a clear objective to present a dynamic array of innovative furnished properties to life, fused with Brighton’s famous features such as its colourful seafront and quirky lanes. To this end, we are delighted to see the realisation of this work and are proud to have partnered with Touchstone to deliver a premium experience for Brighton residents.’’

Claire Ladd, Sales Director BTR, David Phillips

To find out more about Touchstone’s Build to Rent services, please reach out to Kirpal Rehinsi at:

Or visit the Touchstone website for more information.

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