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Oddly-named Build To Rent scheme will have 335 flats

A 335-unit Build To Rent scheme has reached practical completion stage in Sheffield.

Going under the (perhaps bizarre) name of PLATFORM_, the scheme includes a residents’ lounge, games room, private dining room, gym, and three roof terraces for communal use and events. 

Residents also have access to a dedicated resident services team, so-called ‘smart parcel management’ and a loyalty scheme offering discounts on some local and national businesses. All the flats are EPC B rated and feature photovoltaic roof panels for on-site renewable electricity. Naturalisation works to nearby Porter Brook have also been carried out, in consultation and agreement with the Wild Trout Trust, to create a trout-friendly habitat.


Jean-Marc Vandevivere, chief executive at PLATFORM_, says: “Sheffield is a dynamic, creative city and we are excited to deliver this landmark new residential community right in the heart of the city centre. PLATFORM_ offers a unique range of tech-enabled amenities and personalised service at an accessible price that will be enjoyed by a range of residents seeking out flexible, convenient high-quality rental living.”

And James Seago, vice president at Northwood Investors - which funded the scheme - adds: “Following the successful development and stabilisation of PLATFORM_Cardiff, which is now fully occupied, we are excited to launch our second scheme alongside PLATFORM_ in Sheffield’s city centre. Our partnership continues to deliver high-quality, sustainable, purpose-built rental product in undersupplied markets, and we look forward to the launch of our third scheme in Glasgow later this year.”

The completion of the PLATFORM_ development in Sheffield is the second in partnership with Northwood Investors, following a similar venture in Cardiff, which reached full occupancy last month. A further project in Glasgow is on track to complete this winter. 


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