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Development – Sussex cricket, new offsite homes and Notts scheme go-ahead

Construction work has commenced on the Tate Residences, an ‘eagerly awaited’ luxury collection of 37 spacious apartments which overlook Sussex Cricket Ground in Hove.

Award-winning developers Roffey Homes have begun the process of developing the current south-west corner of the derelict site to create the Tate Residences, which will consist of one, two and three-bedroom luxury apartments along with ‘exceptional’ three and four-bedroom penthouses.

In addition, there will be a new contemporary Sussex Cricketer bar and restaurant when the scheme is completed in 2023.


The Tate Residences name takes inspiration from the historic Tate Gates - a much-loved feature of the cricket ground which plays host to Sussex County Cricket Club, the oldest of the eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales.

The gates themselves are named in honour of Maurice Tate, one of the greatest Sussex bowlers and a gifted batsman to boot. Tate started his cricket career in 1912 and scored more than 20,000 runs and took over 2,500 wickets by the time of his retirement in 1937.

Ben Cheal, managing director at Roffey Homes, said: “We are excited to be breaking ground on our latest development. The location makes this development unique, being right next to the much-loved County Cricket Ground, a venue with great character, offering roof terrace views to cricket matches and music concerts – a true pièce de résistance.”

Each apartment is set to benefit from ‘exquisitely designed, high specification interiors’, offering contemporary and stylish living. Many of the apartments have large south-facing balconies and secure underground parking, while all residents will be able to enjoy an ‘al fresco’ lifestyle with exclusive views across the Sussex cricket ground from the large communal residents’ roof terrace.

Roffey took control of the site this summer and will start demolition work in October, with the intention of finishing the demolition by December and starting construction work on the new development in January. Off-plan sales are set to start in February 2021 and completion of the project will be in early 2023.

Max Harbron, director of Michael Jones Estate Agents, said: “As the selling agent of The Tate Residences development, we are happy for people to start registering their interest with us. Please contact us on 01903 228601 or email MaxHarbron@michaeljones.co.uk.”

Developer chooses offsite construction for new homeless housing scheme

At the other end of the housing spectrum, Premier Modular – one of the UK’s leading offsite construction specialists – has been awarded the contract to provide modular housing for homeless families in Barking who are in urgent need of accommodation.

The new homes are being developed by Be First, the regeneration arm of Barking and Dagenham Council.

The £1.5 million contract was awarded to Premier by main contractor Jerram Falkus and will provide 20 two-bedroom apartments across two blocks, all manufactured offsite.

The build programme has been reduced to only 15 weeks for the procurement, manufacturing and fitting out of the apartments, installation on site and commissioning, thanks to the use of an innovative offsite solution for this project.

The apartments will be fully finished at Premier’s factory in East Yorkshire using high-quality materials and will be delivered to site complete with bathrooms, kitchens, flooring, partitions, doors, windows and external cladding.

After the installation of the apartments, only M&E connections, joint details between modules and service risers will need to be completed on site.

Set for completion by the end of this year, the building will occupy a highly constrained site in a residential area and adjacent to a live railway line. Premier plans to install a trackway across an open field to bring in the 250-tonne crane and the apartments. As there are restricted hours for delivery of the modules as the site is located within the M25, the project requires detailed logistical planning.

Marcia Kirlew, development manager at Be First, said of the project: “Modular construction allows us to halve the construction time, with obvious benefits to residents in the neighbouring areas. But, more importantly, it allows us to respond to the rapidly developing needs of our local community much faster than we would otherwise, by providing value-for-money, high-quality housing for local people.”

Ed Bartlett, project lead at Jerram Falkus, added: “It is great to see how Be First has really embraced offsite construction to allow the development of challenging sites such as this, which would be very difficult to develop using in-situ construction methods. As a contractor, we appreciate that modular housing is helping us to deliver construction projects faster for our clients, addressing the shortfall in available housing.”

Dan Allison, divisional director at Premier Modular, commented: “Each two-bedroom apartment occupies a single 12.5 tonne module to optimise efficiency and will be factory tested before arriving on site. Premier will only be on site for 25 days which demonstrates the speed of our modular housing solution very well. This is a huge benefit when there is an urgent need for homes for local homeless people in the borough.”

He said it was the firm’s second emergency housing project to help meet government targets to address homelessness, alongside a £7.5 million contract for Buckinghamshire Council for the offsite construction of 58 apartments for homeless people in High Wycombe.

Designed by ATP, the Barking scheme will have roof-mounted PV panels to generate electricity and bike shelters will be installed, as well as some car parking and landscaping.

Premier Modular specialises in the offsite construction of high-quality mid-rise apartments and studios for affordable housing, Build to Rent, student accommodation and emergency housing for homeless people.

Up to 100,000 square metres of living space can be manufactured per year in a single shift, providing capacity for large-scale residential developments with minimal disruption, greater clarity of delivery on time and budget, earlier occupation and a faster return on investment for the developer.

Planning approved for Nottingham scheme

Nottingham’s biggest regeneration scheme for decades will now begin in earnest thanks to the granting of planning approval for the first phase of The Island Quarter.

In a previous development update, we looked at how the scheme was moving towards being given the go-ahead, but now it’s been confirmed after the plans for Canal Turn received planning consent from Nottingham City Council last week. Work is scheduled to start on site in November.

The approved phase will include a three-storey, 2,000 square metres pavilion on the waterfront, featuring two restaurants, around 500 square metres of events space with panoramic views, and a large rooftop terrace, which form the opening phase of development on the 40-acre site.

Additionally, the plans feature provision for a bandstand and a substantial area of new, attractive public realm – the aim of which will be to open up the canal basin area, enhancing one of ‘Nottingham’s most under-utilised assets’.

Having been granted outline planning consent for the former Boots Island site in April 2019, Congyar - the team behind the development - worked closely with the city’s planning and regeneration team on the Section 106 agreement, which was signed off earlier this year.

Richard Watson, director of Conygar Nottingham, said: “Throughout this process, we’ve been committed to creating a development that reflects Nottingham and enhances its credentials as a first-rate city.”

He added: “We’ve worked closely with the city and the design team to put together these plans for a development, which will be of huge benefit to the local economy and will create thousands of jobs during the build phase and beyond.” 

The overall plans for the site, derelict for many years beforehand, aim to bring new homes, grade A office space, creative spaces, a lifestyle hotel, PRS apartments and co-working space, as well as a ‘linear’ park, vibrant community and event space, and student accommodation to the city. 

You see can a short interview with Richard Watson, discussing the successful planning application for Canal Turn, below.


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