28th June 2016
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK
Shropshire based developer Floreat Homes has completed the purchase of the former Radbrook College Campus in a deal with Shropshire Council, the Radbrook Foundation and Shrewsbury College, in a move that will see them invest upwards of £30million into the town.
Though the site was purchased with outline planning consent, work will not commence until spring 2017, before which Floreat plan to engage with the local community, and work with an award winning architect to draw up a detailed master-plan for the site.
Talking of the opportunity, Matthew Hill, Head of Development at Floreat says:
The existing Victorian Radbrook College building designed by C R Dalgleish as a Technical College for Girls will be retained, together with the lodge building and Walker House, plus much of the established landscaping to be complemented by additional areas of green space and a natural play area for children.
The number of news homes to be offered for open-market sale has not yet been confirmed, though the site was acquired with outline planning permission including an indicative master-plan showing 127 houses and 20 flats. This includes a 20% allocation of affordable homes that will be retained and managed by Floreat’s parent organisation Shropshire Housing Ltd.
Radbrook Campus represents an unprecedented opportunity for Floreat Homes to showcase an innovative and unconventional approach to development. Alongside their work at Radbrook, the company are working up the designs for a ‘Passivhaus’ development in the nearby market down of Much Wenlock, this following their Beech Green development at Neenton which helped fund the community purchase and restoration of the village’s local pub.
As Mr Hill explains: “There is an unacceptable lack of diversity in the UK new home market at present, and we do not believe that innovation should be restricted to the southern counties or only for those with exceptional wealth. Our company vision is to work with, not against communities – recognising that a true sense of ‘belonging’ can only arise when communal as well as individual needs are considered.