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Godwin Developments, a UK residential and commercial property developer, has submitted plans for a gateway 336-apartment Build-To-Rent (BTR) scheme on the edge of Sheffield city centre.

Located at the corner of Farm Road and Queens Road, and within walking distance of Sheffield Train Station, the development proposes the creation or one, two and three bedroom modern open plan apartments, of which 94 will have balconies.

The 23-storey building will have a substantial amount of flexible ground floor space, including residents’ facilities including a concierge reception, co-working spaces, residents’ lounge and a gym. There will also be extensive cycle storage and car parking available. The complex will feature a landscaped roof garden and will be complemented by an external plaza fronting onto Queens Road.

The building, named The Meridian, will also make a significant contribution to the housing requirements in central Sheffield. The scheme will support the regeneration of this important part of the city, along with improving public spaces through landscaping and design.

James Mulcare, head of residential capital markets at Godwin Developments, said: “We are really pleased to have reached this key milestone in the delivery of our ambitious BTR scheme in Sheffield. The Meridian is a forward-looking development designed around the requirements and lifestyles of city centre residents.

“Today more than ever they need their home to be a multifunctional place – not only for living but also for working, relaxing and socialising. That is why the building’s design emphasises wellbeing, light, quality materials and finish, as well as access to private and shared outdoor space and community focused amenities – all within easy access of the nearby transport, parks, culture and entertainment.

“By understanding and delivering to residents’ aspirations we are seeking to create highly desirable Build-to-Rent schemes across key UK regional markets – building homes in both urban and suburban hotspots and generating positive outcomes for investors, local communities and economies alike.”

The Meridian will redevelop a 1.1-acre brownfield site, which has lain vacant for several years. Once completed it will be a short walk to Sheffield’s Midland Station and a 10-minute walk to the city centre and other amenities.

Ketan Patel, senior development manager at Godwin Developments, added: “We have worked closely with the planning department at Sheffield City Council since we acquired this highly prominent site last year. We extend our sincere thanks for their support and guidance to date, resulting in the creation of a clean and stylish design that celebrates quality, detail and craftsmanship with a simple but effective execution of brick and glass. In doing so we believe we have created a building of distinction and sense of place that adds positively to the city’s skyline and sets the benchmark for revitalised public spaces.

“The Meridian will also be an environmentally responsible development, shaped with low energy design principles in mind and supported by a range of strategies to naturally reduce its carbon footprint over time.

“The proposal has been prepared by local architects Bond Bryan whose vision and expertise have been essential in delivering a scheme of exceptional standard. Our extended leading consultant team include planning specialists Urbana Town Planning, cost advisors Rider Levett Bucknall and engineers HSP Consulting.”

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