Town centre residential scheme launches in lockdown

Delays inflicted by the lockdown have not prevented a Doncaster-based developer from launching its latest development.

Empire staged an online launch for Consort House, a residential scheme in Waterdale Doncaster.

The company says it has received 32 enquiries from would be homeowners and property investors interested in the apartments, despite the virus related disruption.

Empire currently has 4,830 units under development across 37 sites.

Paul Rothwell, managing director, said enquiries for sales and lettings of the firm’s properties remain at a healthy level.

He added: “Whilst we may not be on site building at the present time, it is being reported that online browsing for property is up and, as a result, we are still receiving enquiries.

“Many of us in the property sector believe that we will see a ‘v’ curve. We went into this very sharply, you could almost say overnight, and we expect to come out of it steeply.

“Many people who are stuck at home in lockdown will be re-evaluating their current living and keen for a change once the lockdown is lifted.

“During this current period we are able to show people virtual tours and deal with many of their queries relating to a particular site.”

Empire currently has developments in towns and cities across Yorkshire including Hull, Doncaster, Leeds and Sheffield with sites also in the Midlands and Greater Manchester.