Works start on Placefirst’s Morecambe BTR scheme

Construction starts on Placefirst’s £4.5m Build to Rent development in West End, Morecambe, delivering 42 new homes.

Visual of Placefirst's Morecambe Build to Rent scheme on Bold Street, designed by Church Lukas Architects | BTR News
Visual of Placefirst's Morecambe Build to Rent scheme on Bold Street, designed by Church Lukas Architects.

Placefirst has started construction on its £4.5m Build to Rent development in West End, Morecambe. Lancaster City Council and construction partner Tyson Construction joined key members of the Placefirst project team on site to mark the start of works.

Placefirst worked in partnership with Church Lukas Architects to design the scheme and has appointed Tyson Construction who will use local tradespeople to build the development – which is expected to complete in 2024.

“We are delighted to be working alongside Placefirst as construction partner for this project. Tyson Construction has an excellent track record of delivering high quality projects such as this, and we look forward to delivering 42 quality apartments, expected to complete in 2024.”

Jeremy Whittle, Managing Director, Tyson Construction

The scheme will replace a series of terraces and commercial premises on brownfield land and will deliver 42 new high quality one- and two-bedroom apartments. This scheme will add to the 107 homes that Placefirst has already built in Morecambe, when work began in 2016 near the famous promenade.

Placefirst and Councillors from Lancaster City Council mark the start of works at the Bold Street site | BTR News
Placefirst and Councillors from Lancaster City Council mark the start of works at the Bold Street site.

Landscaping with integrated planting along Bold Street will feature in the new development, as well as resident parking, EV charging points, bike storage and photo voltaic panels. Each Placefirst development also has a dedicated resident services manager and renters are guaranteed a characterful, well maintained, high-quality home for as long as they like.

“After many years of trying to find a solution for this site, I’m pleased to see work starting on these new apartments. Morecambe is a regeneration priority for the council and this new development will be a much-needed improvement.”

Councillor Cary Matthews, Cabinet Member with responsibility for housing

Placefirst is committed to creating quality homes for the single-family rental market. The company manages every aspect of their developments – from the first rental enquiry through to fully managing and maintaining each home and neighbourhood.

This new scheme builds on Placefirst’s strong track record in the North West, which includes the iconic Welsh Streets in Liverpool where planning was submitted for the final stage of the scheme in June this year, and the recent completion of Elevate, the company’s £8m, 53 apartment Build to Rent scheme in Manchester.

“We are delighted to start work on this project in Morecambe. This Bold Street site is a fantastic regeneration opportunity and will bring new life into this area of Morecambe. It’s fantastic to see our portfolio of high-quality homes in the North West continue to grow, and we look forward to seeing the scheme develop.” 

Phil Jones, Project Director, Placefirst