PLATFORM_ completes three new developments

PLATFORM_, a developer and operator of private rented housing, has completed its next wave of developments, with schemes finished in Bedford, Crawley and Stevenage.

Crawley and Stevenage were both delivered by Henry Construction, while Bedford was delivered by the Shaylor Group.

PLATFORM_ already has open buildings in Bracknell and Exeter, which launched in July 2016 and April 2016 respectively, and are now both fully let.

Boasting a range of on-site amenities such as a resident’s lounge and roof terrace, each of PLATFORM_’s developments contains the town’s first homes to be designed specifically for rent. Offering professional management, PLATFORM_ hopes to appeal to time-poor professionals let down by the local buy-to-let market.

PLATFORM_’s scheme in Bedford offers 157 apartments exclusively for rent, with a mix of studios, one and two-beds. In addition to a communal lounge, dining room and terrace, residents will have access to a gym and yoga studio. Located on the site of the former Merton centre, the complex is just a stone’s throw away from the train station, which has regular services going to Kings Cross St. Pancras. Rents start at £695pcm.

PLATFORM_’s development in Crawley is its largest yet, with 185 apartments available for rent, with sizes ranging from studios to two-beds. Residents will also have access to a gym and yoga studio as well as a communal lounge, dining room and terrace. Crawley is well connected to both London and Gatwick airport. Rents start at £875pcm.

Offering 90 apartments, PLATFORM_’s scheme in Stevenage will be the smallest to launch, but renters will still be able to choose between a studio, one and two-bed. On-site facilities include gym, terrace and lounge. Rents start at £775pcm.

All of PLATFORM_’s customers will also benefit from the launch of the company’s bespoke app, which will allow them to do everything from pay their bills to suggest community events at the click of a button.

PLATFORM_ delivered its first five developments by taking advantage of relaxed rules on converting old office space into homes, helping revitalise town centres while also providing much needed rental housing.

The company appointed Jean-Marc Vandevivere, British Land’s former head of residential, as chief executive last November to lead an ambitious expansion programme comprising new build and conversion opportunities, with plans to move into major regional cities and also establish a presence in Greater London.

Jean-Marc Vandevivere, CEO of PLATFORM_, said:

“The launch of our developments in Bedford, Crawley and Stevenage is a real milestone for the business and a clear demonstration build to rent is a viable proposition outside of major cities.

“Now with live buildings in five key employment hubs and commuter towns, PLATFORM_ is helping address a real housing need while supporting local economies and helping drive the professionalisation of the wider UK private rental market.”