Property round-up: Caddick; Sigma Capital; Miller Homes; Equans; Harris Institute; Stockport Interchange; Lovell Partnerships; Curlett Jones

CGI of Loreto College expansion

Caddick Construction has grown its further education portfolio with an appointment to build a new 24,000 sq ft extension at Loreto Sixth Form College in Hulme, a project that will accommodate 264 new students.

Work is now under way on the new three-storey campus building, which is being constructed on Moss Road West next to the existing campus on Chichester Road South.

Planning permission for the expansion was secured in September last year, following which Caddick Construction undertook a series of preparatory works under a pre-construction services agreement.

With an emphasis on environmental sustainability and minimising operational carbon, the new campus building will have 39.8% of its electrical demands met by renewable sources. Features include air source heat pumps, solar panels, passive ventilation systems and night cooling.

Sustainable forms of transport will also be encouraged as part of the campus investment with the introduction of EV charging and bike storage for 100 bikes.

The new building will sit alongside the existing college building, with facilities to enhance the learning environment and curriculum delivery. These include 20 classrooms, a lecture theatre with a seating capacity of 200 and a new study centre.

The work will also include partial refurbishment of existing college buildings with new science labs, new catering facilities and a 110 sq m outdoor canopied seating area. A science garden and landscaped reflection spaces will also be created to maximise the use of green space.

Throughout the building work, Caddick Construction will work with Loreto College to ensure the students are engaged in the project, including opportunities to complement the teaching curriculum.

Dave Saville, Regional Managing Director of Caddick Construction North West, said: “Education projects are a chance to make a real difference. Loreto College has taken on an ambitious project to not only bring more students into the college, but to offer them the very best education. To do so while also investing in ways to operate more sustainably is a testament to the quality of education Loreto provides.”

Michael Jaffrain, Principal at Loreto College, said: “We are excited about the opportunities this expansion brings and to maximise our green space for biodiversity and air quality.”

The project was procured through the NHS Shared Business Services Public Sector Construction Works Framework, which covers all types of building and construction works, providing the NHS and the wider public sector a compliant route to market for construction works.


CGI of development by partnership

Build-to-rent provider, Sigma Capital, and housebuilder Kellen Homes are celebrating a milestone of the commencement and delivery of nearly 1,000 homes in Greater Manchester in just 20 months of working together, representing an investment in the city region by Sigma Capital of £250m.

The delivery of almost 1,000 new build-to-rent homes in Greater Manchester is good news for family tenants as they continue to be affected nationally by the short supply of good quality rental homes brought about by low levels of housebuilding and the exodus of individual landlords from the market.

The homes span five former brownfield sites across the city region; Albion Place (Salford), The Gateway (Ardwick), Mill Vale (Middleton), Irwell View (Bury) and Mellands Park (Gorton). Each site will deliver crucial rental homes for working families, in areas in need of regeneration, and create jobs in construction. Four of the five sites have already broken ground, with the fifth due to start in July. The homes will be marketed under Sigma Capital’s Simple Life portfolio.

Graham Barnet, Chief Executive and founder of Sigma Capital, said: “In the build-to-rent industry, we know that working in partnership with trusted delivery partners such as Kellen Homes yields results, and these incredible numbers are testament to that belief.

“We’re looking forward to ramping up our presence in the Manchester City Region and addressing a clear shortfall in the market, raising the standard for hig quality rental housing.”

Ian Kelley, founder of Kellen Homes, said: “Kellen Homes is committed to building quality new homes for a diverse range of tenures across the North West and partnerships play a key role in helping deliver against that goal. Our established partnership with Sigma Capital has seen us provide this significant number of new homes for private rent and we are delighted to celebrate this milestone.”


CGI of Church View plans

Miller Homes has purchased land intended for a 67-home development named Church View in Coppull. Twenty of the homes will be offered to the community as affordable tenures.

The new scheme, which will use sustainable building practices, will create 26 three- and 21 four-bedroom properties to the Lancashire parish, generating several jobs for local people in the process.

Church View will bring green spaces, play areas, and new access points from the main road to the area. As construction moves forward, Miller Homes aims to break ground and begin work on the Lancashire-based site from this month.

The first homes are expected to go on sale in the spring, with the show home and sales centre opening along with first occupations in the first quarter of 2025.

A Section 106 agreement is currently being drawn up, which will inject funds back into the area, supporting education, transport, and infrastructure, and green spaces, amongst other projects.

John Hardy, Land Director at Miller Homes, said: “New and affordable housing is much needed in the parish and, therefore, we’re pleased to be offering this to the community with Church View. Our plans outline a small but plentiful development that will not only bring quality housing to the area but new, tended-to green spaces and facilities for children.”

Miller Homes has previously brought another new neighbourhood to the area with its ‘The Landings’ development, which closed several years ago and is now an established part of the community.


Peaks and Plains decarbonisation scheme

Sixty two homes in Cheshire are receiving brand new decarbonisation features, making them more sustainable, energy efficient and comfortable for residents. Work is being funded in part by Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) Wave 2.2.

New measures include cavity wall and loft insulation, ventilation and ground breaking under floor insulation, with reduced disruption to residents. The insulation measures will immediately reduce heat loss and prevents draughts, leading to a more sustainable and more comfortable home.

The work is being delivered by sustainability and regeneration specialists, Equans, in partnership with Peaks & Plains Housing Trust. Around £1m will be invested across the homes located in Macclesfield, Knutsford, Wilmslow and Alderley Edge.

Neil Warburton, Director of Regeneration and Sustainability at Equans, said: “I’m really pleased to be working alongside Peaks & Plains Housing Trust, supporting them with their ambition of decarbonising their homes. This scheme includes leading technology, reducing disruption for residents while the work is carried out, and making the homes more comfortable and efficient once complete.”


CGI of coworking space

Following a successful public consultation exercise in late 2023, a planning application has now been submitted to Preston City Council to bring one of Preston’s most cherished heritage assets back to life.

The iconic Grade II-listed Harris Institute is set to be fully refurbished and the owners, The Harris Investment Group, have applied for a change of use of the building for coworking and exhibition space, an art shop and gallery and conference and café facilities. The application also includes the conversion of Regent House to nine holiday lets and a new courtyard and improved access.

The Institute is on Historic England’s At Risk Register and has been empty for almost a decade. It was originally opened in 1849 and was later funded by benefactor Edmund Robert Harris who stipulated that it should be used for educational purposes. The owners are engaging with Historic England and exploring opportunities for funding bids to support the building’s restoration.

John Bridge, the architect for the scheme, said: “As a Prestonian myself, I’m proud to be working with The Harris Investment Group on this exciting project. The site in its current form is very much a blank canvas and we are still open to new and fresh ideas about the building’s future.”

The owners are actively looking for potential future occupiers for the site who would honour the building’s legacy and would welcome a discussion with interested parties.

Studio John Bridge Architects are leading the project with Gately Smithers Purlow Heritage Specialists, Eden Planning for Planning Consultancy and Cost Analysis from The QS Company.


The latest milestone of the Stockport Interchange £1bn transformation has now been reached with new local estate agents, Property Sense, appointed as the Lettings Agent for The Interchange in Stockport by North West developer, Rise Homes, and working alongside Plumlife Homes, to market a variety of apartments to the public.

Since being appointed, Property Sense has accelerated the letting of apartments, with more than 40% of the 196 apartments now reserved as a result of just four viewing days.

Property Sense launched just last month and will manage the lettings of the new homes that will see tenants and landlords benefit from its services such as property management packages that include fully-funded property maintenance and repairs, too.

Alex Cunningham, General Manager at Property Sense Estate Agents, said: “Stockport’s skyline is rapidly changing and it’s an exciting time to be a part of the Stockport property scene whether already a resident or looking to move into the area.

“We’re proud to be letting out the Stockport Interchange high-end and modern apartments that offers a refined living space and boasts pet-friendly spaces with Wi-Fi included in the rent as standard, no deposit options available with parking options and of course, excellent transport links.

“We’re thrilled to be working alongside Rise Homes and Plumlife Homes on such a highly anticipated and pivotal development for the futureproofing of Stockport.”


Recently completed Spinners Quarter in Pendleton

Lovell Partnerships has been appointed by Great Places Housing Group to its Innovation Chain North (ICN) framework of contractors and consultants for the next four years.

The £1.5bn framework has been designed to support delivery of new homes across the North of England, not only to support Great Places’ affordable development programme but also other housing associations operating across the North and East Midlands of England.

Tahreen Shad, partnerships director for Lovell in the North West, said: “Having been aware of the high value lots available on the ICN Framework, and seeing the calibre of clients on it previously, we knew the level of competition for applications would be challenging. We are proud to be one of the successful applicants, having been recognised for our technical competence, price and commitment to social value.

“Lovell is committed to delivering more high quality housing, re-utilising brownfield sites and transforming communities, and this appointment from Great Places will ensure we can keep progressing our goals.”

Joanne Whitehead, Great Places’ Development Performance Manager, responsible for managing the framework, welcomed Lovell to the framework, saying: “We are confident they will be able to work with us and the clients of ICN in delivering the sector’s extensive development ambitions in the North.”

The new £1.5bn framework will run until June 2028.


Peter Curlett and Alan Jones

An estate and lettings agency created in Southport during the height of the pandemic is celebrating a record 12 months of expansion, saying developments have “exceeded all expectations”.

Curlett Jones Estates opened its first office on Lord Street in August 2020, in the midst of the global pandemic.

The independent business was created by life partners Peter Curlett and Alan Jones. And after riding the challenging economic wave, the pair have now taken the company to the next level of its development thanks to “unprecedented growth” and several key awards wins.

Southport remains the Curlett Jones headquarters, but the agency has now added a further three offices to its business portfolio in Waterloo, Newcastle, and Cardiff.

In addition to launching three new offices in the past 10 months, it has also doubled its number of staff from six to 15 and achieved industry gold standards for the quality of its sales, lettings, and block management.

After establishing itself in the sector and building a strong reputation the company’s first Liverpool office opened in Waterloo last August. Newcastle followed in October, and then Cardiff in February 2024.

The next phase of expansion is already under way, with its fifth office, in Liverpool city centre, set to open within the next six months.

Chloe Roberts has also been promoted to Property Director. Chloe was previously Branch Manager of the Southport office. She has been with Curlett Jones for two years. She returned from maternity leave this month and stepped into the newly-created role to join the management team. She has 13 years’ experience in the property sector.

Operations Director, Peter Curlett, said: “It has been an incredibly exciting 12 months for Curlett Jones Estates, a whirlwind, in fact. Business growth, three new offices, expanding the team, and key industry awards success – these are huge developments for the company.”

Managing Director, Alan Jones, said: “At a time of challenging economic times, we are extremely proud of this unprecedented growth and success with new offices, creating jobs, and industry awards.”

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