23rd July 2019

Partnership to deliver 500 Build To Rent homes


We have been appointed by longstanding clients, Godwin Developments to act as lead architect on a series of sites across Leicestershire and Yorkshire which will deliver up to 500 new Build To Rent (BTR) homes.

Marking a new partnership, Godwin Group’s CORE Living brand has entered into a collaboration agreement with Harworth Group plc, one of the UK’s leading land and property regeneration companies. Utilising Godwin’s BTR expertise and Harworth’s extensive land preparation capabilities, the partnership will look to deliver up to 500 desirable homes for market rent at four of Harworth’s major developments in Rotherham, Doncaster, Wakefield and Coalville that will represent great investment opportunities for landlords.

Stuart Pratt, group development director at Godwin Group, said: “We’re delighted to announce the collaboration of Core Living with Harworth Group as a recognised, well trusted land and property development partner. The delivery of up to 500 new quality homes for rent will offer further choice to people in Yorkshire and Leicestershire whilst also addressing the urgent need to increase the build-out of new homes in the regions.

“We’re very much looking forward to seeing the Core Living brand develop and our partnership with Harworth Group strengthen and are delighted to progress into the Build to Rent housing market. Supply of purpose-built housing for rent is still only a small proportion of the market and offers the next growth area for PRS and BTR.”

rg+p’s architectural director, James Badley commented: “BTR is a rapidly expanding market and we’re successfully delivering this type of accommodation in cities across the UK. For each of the Core Living/Harworth Group sites, our designs include a specialist range of homes to engender a sense of community and encourage longevity of tenure. These developments have been carefully considered to blend harmoniously with their surroundings yet offer vibrant, flexible and high-quality spaces which suit modern living.”

All four developments already have outline planning permission in place and Harworth is preparing land for development, including on-site infrastructure containing roads and utilities.  The collaboration agreement forecasts the practical completion of the 500 homes by the end of 2022, with the first tenants scheduled to be in their new homes by the second quarter of 2021.

Owen Michaelson, chief executive, Harworth Group plc concluded: “I’m genuinely excited about this collaboration agreement with Core Living for two principal reasons – firstly, they have a great product; and secondly, it supports increased tenure choice on four of our major developments.  I now look forward to them delivering up to 500 new homes and developing their brand whilst they do so.”

Picture Caption: This site in Rotherham (red boundary) is one of the four announced by CORE Living/Harworth Group.


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