Nottingham developer just the job for Burton scheme

An East Midlands property investor, which has pledged to revive the country’s high streets, has been granted planning permission to convert the top two floors of a former job centre in Burton on Trent.

The first phase of the project, at Crown House in New Street, will create 25 apartments with the intention of a secondary application to convert the remainder of the building into apartments.

Arran Bailey, managing director at ALB Group, said: “This will be our second project in the town this year and we are excited to bring it to fruition.

“The former Job Centre building has stood empty for a few years now – no-one wants to see empty buildings in their town. Our ethos is to revive the country’s high streets through the regeneration of high-profile buildings. We have spent the last year looking at the site and working out what the community needs and how we can best transform the building.”

ALB has a property portfolio of over £50m.

Work on the former job centre site had already begun under permitted development rights with the top two floors refurbished to provide 25 one- and two-bedroom apartments. The full application for the remaining floors, which is intended to create an additional 50 apartments, will be put forward to the council at a later date.

Ed Hall, JV partner with ALB, is spearheading the project, and said: “Once complete, the converted high-end apartments will have appeal across the board but particularly to professionals and first-time buyers. In addition, the ground floor of the building will be transformed into an amenity space for a residents’ gym and other facilities.”

He added: “The appeal of Burton on Trent is self-evident. It is a great commuter town with good access to the M1, Birmingham, Derby and Nottingham. There are already lots of industry and developments taking place in the area.”

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