Watkin Jones and Get Living top out at Sherlock Yard BTR

In a milestone achievement, Watkin Jones tops out at the Sherlock Yard scheme in Birmingham, which will be operated by Get Living.

CGI of the Sherlock Yard Build to Rent development | BTR News
CGI of the Sherlock Yard Build to Rent development.

Developer and manager of residential for rent Watkin Jones celebrates topping out at the Sherlock Yard Build to Rent development in Birmingham, signalling that the concrete framework is now complete. The commemorative event held yesterday was a proud moment for everyone involved, including the client, Get Living, subcontractors and representatives from Birmingham City Council.

Forward funded by Get Living, the six-building development will create a sustainable neighbourhood that will deliver 551 new homes – a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, 47 of which will be affordable. Amenities include a gym, co-working space, social lounges, a landscaped podium, and a double-height sky lounge. There is also circa 16,500 sq ft of ground floor commercial space that will support local employment opportunities. The scheme is expected to complete in 2025.

“This is our second scheme to top out with our partner, Get Living this year as we collaborate on creating Build to Rent schemes that offer high quality, sustainable places to live. Once complete, Sherlock Yard will provide well designed homes with great amenity spaces, in a key regeneration area of Birmingham. We remain focused on progressing our development pipeline and helping to deliver much needed homes across the UK.”

George Dyer, Group Investment Director, Watkin Jones
Sherlock Yard topping out event, which was attended by dignitaries from Watkin Jones and Get Living | BTR News
Sherlock Yard topping out event, which was attended by dignitaries from Watkin Jones and Get Living.

Located on Sherlock Street, the scheme is within 500m of the iconic Bull Ring shopping centre in the heart of Birmingham city centre. Residents will benefit from the city’s extensive retail, restaurants, bars, and public transport from Birmingham New Street Station.

Sherlock Yard (currently known as Maker’s Yard) is one of Watkin Jones’ largest Build to Rent developments to date. The scheme, which will be operated by Get Living, is located on a 2.47-acre site, which will incorporate a new pedestrianised public square that connects the city centre with the wider Rea Valley Urban Quarter.

Sherlock Yard, Birmingham topping out event. L-R: Richard Harris, Managing Director Delivery, Watkin Jones; Rick de Blaby, CEO, Get Living; Simon Delahunty-Forrest, Assistant Director Development Planning and Development, Birmingham City Council; and, Kerry Watson, Company Secretary, Watkin Jones | BTR News
Sherlock Yard, Birmingham topping out event. L-R: Richard Harris, Managing Director Delivery, Watkin Jones; Rick de Blaby, CEO, Get Living; Simon Delahunty-Forrest, Assistant Director Development Planning and Development, Birmingham City Council; and, Kerry Watson, Company Secretary, Watkin Jones.

The scheme is targeting a Silver WiredScore rating to enable Get Living to offer residents best-in-class delivery and execution through its technology-enabled experience. Targeting a Level 3 HQM rating and ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating will also support greener inner city living.

“Sherlock Yard will mark Get Living’s first neighbourhood in Birmingham as we continue to grow across the UK, and the second delivered in partnership with Watkin Jones. When it launches in 2025, the new scheme will bring over 500 new homes for the people of Birmingham in addition to commercial space and public realm for the whole community to enjoy, a short distance from New Street Station. Developments such as this, which are high-quality, sustainable, and fit for the future, are an important part of the solution to the nation’s housing crisis, regenerating brownfield land and supporting local economies and communities.”

Rick De Blaby, Chief Executive Officer, Get Living