Work begins on Harlow Quarter regeneration scheme

Work begins on Harlow Quarter, Strawberry Star’s Build to Rent scheme which will initially deliver 163 new apartments.

Works begin at Strawberry Star's Harlow Quarter Build to Rent scheme being delivered under its Star Living arm | BTR News
Works begin at Strawberry Star's Harlow Quarter Build to Rent scheme being delivered under its Star Living arm.

Work begins on Harlow Quarter, Strawberry Star’s development in Harlow town centre, which will be delivered under the company’s Build to Rent arm – Star Living which launched earlier this year. Demolition started on site, which will bring an initial 163 new apartments to the area once occupied by Little Walk shopping parade and the Gate House office building.

The second phase of the Harlow Quarter scheme will see a further 578 Build to Rent apartments in a series of buildings, including two 16-storey towers, plus retail space and public realm. The development was given the go-ahead by planners at Harlow Council last month, subject to a Section 106 agreement.

Representatives on site at Harlow Quarter to mark the start of construction | BTR News
Representatives on site at Harlow Quarter to mark the start of construction.

The commencement of work on site for the Harlow Quarter development was witnessed by guests including the Deputy Leader of Harlow Council and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Councillor Dan Swords. They were joined by senior members of Strawberry Star, including Development Director Simon Taylor, Head of Construction Delivery Caroline Heraghty and Senior Director Global Sales, Marketing & CRM Cauvery Nanaiah.

“It’s exciting to see the bulldozers this morning and know that we are moving forward with this project to bring new life back into the heart of Harlow town centre. This project is not just about new homes, although they are desperately needed; it’s also about creating an economic benefit for the whole community. During the construction phase, we anticipate around 80 new jobs will be created, and the benefits will continue long after the builders have left. We ultimately expect more than 1,000 people will make their home in Harlow Quarter, spending their wages in the local economy and supporting shops, businesses and leisure activities to the tune of £8.9m a year.”

Simon Taylor, Development Director, Strawberry Star
Representatives on site at Harlow Quarter | BTR News

This first phase of Harlow Quarter has been designed by sustainable architecture specialist HLM Architects, and the second phase was created by architect Flanagan Lawrence, with design of the towers intended to represent the town’s 1950s design legacy.

“Today is a hugely significant day for the future of Harlow. The regeneration of the town centre starts in earnest with Harlow Quarter, which not only signals massive investment into our town centre, but will truly transform the area with high-quality apartments, architecture and facilities. I am delighted to be on site to witness the first steps being taken in the future of Harlow’s town centre.”

Councillor Dan Swords, Harlow Council