Sustained interest in residential project, despite virus outbreak

The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown have failed to dampen interest in South Yorkshire’s Sky-House development.

Work on Sky-House at the Waverley Regeneration site, close to Rotherham and Sheffield, has continued throughout the past three months, while complying with social distancing regulations.

As soon as lockdown restrictions started to ease, the site saw a rise in public interest, with a further five properties now sold.

More than 50% of the homes have now been sold, with the second phase, made up of blocks three and four, scheduled for general release in June.

Pre-planning discussions are taking place with Rotherham Council for a second development of a further 44 properties alongside the current Waverley site at Lescar Road.

The Sky-House development is part of an ambitious campaign funded by Homes England’s Home Building Fund. 

The project – with prices starting at about £183,567 – is based around the back-to-back housing model created by the architects at Sheffield’s CODA Studios.

The Sky-House Co was founded by CODA chairman David Cross and property developer Philip Prince of Broadfield Holdings.

Sales enquiries are being dealt with by the Land & New Homes department of Sheffield estate agency Redbrik.

“To say we have been overwhelmed by the response to Sky-House over the past few weeks would be an understatement,” said Cross.

“Even with the lockdown, there has been no decline in interest – in fact, Redbrik has seen online impressions for Sky-House triple the branch average.

“We were always confident that we had developed a concept that would prove successful, but that success is exceeding all expectations.”

CODA’s 21st-century take on the back-to-back Victorian house includes two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open plan kitchen/diner and a private roof garden accessed from a private study area.

Outside there is a front garden, home zone parking courts and communal play areas for kids.

“We are particularly pleased that we are now talking to Rotherham Council and Harworth Group about the second phase of Waverley,” Cross said.

“An extra 44 three and four-bedroom properties at this extremely popular and sought after location will simply strengthen the Sky-House brand at this important time of regeneration.

“Our pipeline for 2021 extends to four development locations and almost 150 homes.”