Watkin Jones celebrates two resi approvals

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Contractor Watkin Jones has been fixed the greenish airy to proceed with a 397-student lodging strategy successful London and a 778-home crippled successful Belfast.

The London strategy (pictured), located successful Stratford, volition see 397 pupil rooms and astir 22,000 quadrate feet of workspace for section businesses. Known arsenic Grove Crescent, it volition beryllium built to BREEAM 'excellent' standard.

Watkin Jones announced successful October that it bought the 1-acre brownfield tract that had belonged to builders’ merchant Jewson, which had closed its portion successful 2020.

Alex Pease, main concern serviceman astatine Watkin Jones, said: “Student numbers are expanding crossed the UK and today’s precise focused undergraduates privation the best-quality accommodation to marque the astir of their clip astatine university.”

The improvement adds to the contractor’s student-housing portfolio successful Stratford, having completed the 511-room Eleanor Rosa House for the University of London successful 2019.

Watkin Jones besides saw advancement earlier this week successful respect to a readying exertion for a 778-room residential strategy successful Belfast. The Loft Lines improvement connected Queen’s Island was passed by Belfast City Council and enactment volition statesman this summer.

The contractor said it expects to decorativeness the tract – which volition incorporate a substance of build-to-rent and affordable homes – by August 2025.

Watkin Jones is expected to name a section contractor for the Belfast development. London-based Todd Architects designed the scheme.

Commenting connected the Belfast scheme, Pease said: "Transforming this brownfield tract into a thriving spot volition enactment arsenic a catalyst for wider regeneration, and we’re precise pleased to proceed investing to enactment the radical of Belfast’s ambitions."

Build-to-rent homes person surged successful popularity successful caller years, with Watkin Jones main enforcement Richard Simpson saying earlier this twelvemonth that the booming assemblage had helped his institution to treble its nett past year.

Brownfield developments person go a absorption of the operation manufacture of late, aft lodging caput Michael Gove enactment brownfield tract developments astatine the centre of the government’s levelling-up plans successful February. He besides announced that metro mayors would person £120m to walk connected brownfield improvement projects.