Leach Rhodes Walker is the architect. Credit: via Roccstar

Beech makes Sheffield bow

In a £55m project, the developer now has consent for more than 150 apartments at Meadow Street, aiming to start preparatory works in the fourth quarter of 2024.

Manchester-headquartered Beech Holdings has permission for a development of 158 apartments of one to three bedrooms, in its second scheme outside its home city.

Billed as Sheffield Gardens, the scheme is supported by architect Leach Rhodes Walker, consultant Cumming Group, sustainability advisor Hydrock and planning consultancy Urbana.

The development will begin in Q4 2024 with the demolition of the commercial buildings currently occupying the plot, which are described as dilapidated and unused.

Beech said the scheme will remain in the long-term control of the Beech Holdings’ Group with full property management and a commitment to the community with at least 10 permanent jobs created, alongside the 100+ jobs created in the construction phase.

Stephen Beech, chief executive of Beech Holdings said: “This is a significant development for Beech Holdings, our very first in Yorkshire and second outside of our home city of Manchester. It demonstrates our commitment to deliver exceptional apartments across the UK’s regional cities as we grow to be a national developer.

“Our company has a 20-year history of delivering exceptional apartment developments and I’m thrilled to be able to offer local people in Sheffield that same standard.

“We always look to regenerate where we can; this unused and unloved commercial site is in exactly the location we want to breathe new life into. We’ll be creating over 100 immediate jobs for the construction phase and we’ll have a permanent staff of at least 10 to deliver residents a premium level of service and maintenance.”

The scheme has a gross development value of £55m and will include a large, private gym, external landscaped courtyard and rooftop gardens.

Beech Holdings has achieved 100% bio-diversity net gain through the inclusion of external amenity and bird/bat boxes to promote and encourage nature.

Neil Baumber, development director at Beech Holdings, said: “We are actively looking at other sites in Sheffield, we feel we can offer the standard of accommodation that local people desire. We’ll be getting to work quickly in the final quarter of this year.”

Operating for 20 years in Greater Manchester, Beech has its first scheme in Newcastle due for completion this summer – all told, the total number of apartments delivered or in planning comes to more than 1,000 across Sheffield, Newcastle and Manchester.

The group is also now looking to dispose of three recently completed Greater Manchester developments, appointing LSH.to fund a buyer for the Bee Portfolio, with an asking price of £16.75m.

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