CODA designed the project. Credit: via Bellona

Latest Sky-House Co scheme up and running

Work has begun on the redevelopment of Sheffield’s former Stokes Tiles warehouse in a 60-home scheme backed by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.

SYMCA has provided a £750,000 grant investment for the project within the city’s Devonshire Quarter.

Close to the city centre, the development will comprise two-bedroom duplex homes and one-bedroom apartments, alongside commercial space for start-ups and community uses.

The scheme has incorporated Sky-House Co’s version of the Victorian back-to-back and terraced house, created by Sheffield’s CODA Studios, and includes features such as en-suite bedrooms, open plan living space with ‘cathedral’ ceilings complete with both patios and balconies.

The development will be built to the Future Homes Standard, incorporating energy efficiency measures such as air source heat recovery pumps and solar panels, whilst each home will be fully electric.

Demolition is being undertaken by the Professional Group. Construction of the first homes will subsequently begin in the autumn, with development likely to complete in 2025.

The site has been brought forward with help from the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority’s £53m Brownfield Housing Programme. The grant will help pay for a number of key technical works on a site of this type, including demolition of the existing unit, the safe treatment of asbestos flock and the build of an acoustic wall for effective noise suppression to neighbouring residential developments.

The grant also directly supports Sky-House’s own growth ambitions. Using £12.5m of South Yorkshire Pension Fund financing via the St Bride’s White Rose Residential Partnership, it will deliver 100 homes in 2023 and 150 completions from 2024 onwards.

Key sites include Harworth Group’s flagship Waverley development in Rotherham and Oughtibridge Mill in North Sheffield, where it has also recently transformed the site’s original mill for use by the Jöro restaurant team.

The company will also look to purchase brownfield land plots at other key Northern development sites in 2023 to increase its profile as one of the region’s leading new design-led housebuilders.

David Cross, founder and director of Sky-House Co, said: “The Sky-House aim has always been to provide affordable, beautiful and unusual homes for first time buyers and families, and we believe that is exactly what we are achieving with this £9m investment into Sheffield.

“Given the site’s complexity, grant support was essential and South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority’s funding has undoubtedly accelerated bringing the scheme forward.

“I want to put on record our thanks to them and Sheffield City Council for being so proactive in helping deliver our regeneration ambitions. We remain committed to growing our business to provide the quality and energy-efficient new homes that buyers across the North of England rightfully expect.”

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