Schemes in Bristol and Milton Keynes ‘show growing interest outside capital’

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Aubrey Place in Milton Keynes

Assael Architecture has won planning for two build-to-rent schemes delivering more than 500 homes outside London.

The approvals include planning permission for the 297-home next phase of the Finzels Reach scheme in Bristol, for 231 build-to-rent apartments, 66 affordable homes and a 116,000sq ft office building from developer Cubex.

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Aubrey Place, Milton Keynes

In addition, planners gave the nod to 294 rental apartments and a hotel in an 18-storey tower in Aubrey Place, Milton Keynes, in what is set to be the tallest residential building in the city.

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Bristol Fire Station - Millwrights scheme

The permissions are the latest example of the institutionally backed build-to-rent sector expanding outside of the capital.

Pete Ladhams, managing director at Assael Architecture, claimed the schemes showcased the very best of what build-to-rent has to offer throughout the UK. “With both of these schemes, our ambition was to set a benchmark for high-quality rental living outside of London in towns that are undergoing significant change.”

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Bristol Fire Station - Coopers Court