Kirkfield House – Stylish new apartments are top choice for tenants
Proving extremely popular and now fully let, is a recently completed project to construct contemporary apartments for rent at the stylish new Kirkfield House development on Station Road in Harrow.
The project was carried out for the SAV Group, which provides properties for the private rented sector, and has revealed that the apartments have proved popular with couples, sharers and families.
Main contractors for the project were Golden Houses Ltd; architects were Modular Studio.
Phase one of the scheme, completed in the last quarter of 2016, involved the conversion of former offices in what was known as the Wickes Building, into 45 ‘Manhattan style’ studios which were fully let within two months.
Phase two, completed in March, involved the construction of an extension to the building incorporating an additional eight flats ranging in size between one and four bedrooms.
Mikis Almanov, director of SAV Group said: “The original building was solid from a structural point of view and was suitable for extension.
“The studio apartments in the first phase are around 30 sq m and are designed with a ‘Manhattan’ look featuring a separate sleeping area – which tenants particularly like.
“The biggest challenges of the project included the tight delivery timescales and the construction of the extension from a structural point of view – as well as maintaining power to the site, where we were using generators at one point.
“The whole process of converting what was an office building into such an attractive development has been a real transformation and was very satisfying. The feedback from the tenants has been very positive.”
For the final phase of the scheme, SAV Group has received planning permission for 32 co-living units, to be built on the current car park at the site.
The developer aims to continue to target working professionals and key workers with its phase three homes, with teachers, baristas and even a ‘YouTube celebrity’ being among those who have taken lettings in earlier phases.
Michael Tsiagbe, associate at SAV Group, said: “Throughout the process for phase three at Station Road, we have sought to work closely with Harrow’s planning officers to ensure that our final proposals are in line with the borough’s regeneration and housing aspirations.
“We remain committed to investing further in Harrow. We want to build on our existing success to further improve the local accommodation choices for local residents and we look forward to working again with such a forward-thinking local authority.
“As developers for the rental sector, we were present at the British Property Federation’s recent Residential Investment Conference, where planners, ministers and developers unanimously agreed that a range of housing options are needed to meet the diverse needs of working Londoners and address the shortage of affordable rented accommodation.
“Delivering new housing products to adapt to these new needs is often a challenging process, as it represents a step into the unknown for both the developer and the planning authority.”