Work has started on site on time for Watkin Jones Homes Built to Rent Division, part of Watkin Jones Group. The new development is for Build to Rent accommodation near Sutton Station, on Sutton Court Road, South London. The scheme is a mix of studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments over 22 storeys.
Totalling 165 units, the lower ten floors will contain ten apartments per floor and the upper, seven per floor. The tenth floor boasts a roof terrace and resident’s facilities.
The site’s proximity to the London Victoria to Gatwick and Brighton rail line, provides fantastic public transport connections, but it also presents a unique set of challenges for construction. Working together with the Watkin Jones Built to Rent team, Brock Carmichael has developed an offsite manufactured, sophisticated facade design that overcomes these issues. This approach streamlines the construction process, minimises the potential for construction defects, improves build quality and reduces health and safety risk.
The building is highly efficient, wrapping a mix of apartments around a central core. The main elevation features a dynamic alternating balcony design, adding privacy and providing an appropriate architectural response to this urban location. The entrance will feature concierge facilities and a management suite at ground level. Car parking is at lower ground level with space for bicycle storage.
Brock Carmichael’s Managing Partner, Chris Bolland said; “This is an exciting site, in prime commuter belt and it will be a very desirable address. Floor plans have been designed with extensive thought on flexibility and the intelligent use of the space available. We have worked on a number of BtR schemes recently and we are bringing this experience together with Watkin Jones’ team’s in-depth construction expertise to employ the latest building and construction methods to ensure a successful project.
It is great to be working with such an innovative and visionary organisation.”
Watkin Jones BTR Deputy Managing Director Gwyn Pritchard added; “After delivering three successful schemes in Leeds and Sheffield, and many more in the pipeline we are looking forward to working with Brock Carmichael and the construction teams to bring new homes to Sutton.”
Work was expected to commence in the Spring and started in February, offering ten studios along with 77 one bedroomed, 68 two bedroomed and ten three bedroomed apartments available for rent.
Left: Sutton Court Road South West View. Right: View at junction of Chalk Pit Road.