Planning and designing a new housing development is a task you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.
In order to achieve success, you need to please all of the people all of the time. There needs to be something to appeal to all tastes and budgets.
On top of that, it needs to compliment the area in which it is being built so that it doesn’t have an adverse impact, while still providing something that makes it stand-out from the crowd.
At its Psalter Lane development in Sheffield, national homebuilder, Bellway has achieved the nigh on impossible by managing to please absolutely everyone.
Built the site of the former Bluecoat School, Bluecoats has been a hit since it was launched last year, and now only has a handful of properties remaining for sale.
Mark Bray has led Bellway’s technical team of in-house architects for seven years and has been designing homes for over thirty.
“Over the past few years we’ve witnessed a paradigm shift when it comes to buying new properties over older homes,” he said. “Although new developments are extremely beneficial, people are swayed by the character that older homes offer.”
“Therefore, we’ve worked hard to deliver new homes and developments that combine the very best of both old and new – and believe me, when it works it really is special.”
Looking at what’s been achieved its clear the Bellway team has accomplished exactly what it set out to do. Bluecoats not only complements its locale – quite a feat in itself when you consider the highly desirable nature of this residential area of Sheffield, but has established itself as part of the community.
Featuring a mixture of refurbished apartments, new build townhouses and detached homes, the development has two focal points.
At its heart lies The Old School House, which has been transformed into twelve two and three bedroom apartments and two duplexes.
“We made use of the building’s original detailing and architecture to create a modern day haven inside a truly stunning period property,” said Mark. And when you look around there can be no argument with Mark’s description. The apartments have been designed to an incredibly high standard, with each drawing you in as a result of their generously spaced social areas, high ceilings and feature windows. What’s more, the bedrooms and bathrooms, often the weak point in new apartments, really deliver – providing the kind of spacious accommodation you would normally associate with larger homes.
The site’s other focal point is The Square – an appealing formal garden, surrounded by upmarket apartments and townhouses. Completing the picture, are Bluecoats detached homes, which are ideal for growing families.
These four and five bed properties epitomise Bellway’s vision for modern living. Individually built to the highest standards; they sit perfectly within the development, and, as with all new homes, have the advantage of being much more environmentally friendly than some older homes.
“Our aim was to cater to the broadest possible spectrum of buyers, from individuals to young couples, growing families to those seeking to downsize for retirement,” continued Mark.
“What helped was that we always knew The Old School House would draw attention, so we planned for the other homes to sub-serve it.”
“This helped plan our layout, which now, along with landscaping, plays a huge part in buying behaviour. And with Sheffield being the greenest city in the UK, we ensured the landscaping was perfect from the off,” added Mark.
Delighted with the results, Bellway’s Yorkshire sales manager Melanie Smith, said: “This site was rich in heritage so designing homes that would fit perfectly in to the area was imperative.
“Our intention was always to create a mix of old and new, keeping with the grandeur of the building and its surroundings. Mark and the team looked a little shocked at first, but they rose to the challenge as we all knew they would.”
Since its release in summer 2013, Bluecoats has been one of Bellway’s best, and fastest selling sites, with 70% of the homes now sold.
Amongst the homes still available are four bedroom detached houses, which start from £459,995, 3 and 4 bedroom town houses from £399,995 and two duplex apartments in the Old School House ,which are available from £299,995. The remaining homes can be purchased using the Government’s Help-To-Buy Scheme, which allows home owners to get their dream home with a deposit of as little as five per cent.
Bluecoats is located in the prestigious S11 area of Sheffield and is just a short drive away from the Peak District and the vibrant city centre.
There are twenty schools under a mile and a half away, which cater for children of all ages, as well as excellent local amenities.
Sheffield Interchange is situated a short distance away with rail links to Leeds, Manchester and London, as well as frequent bus services in to Sheffield.
For additional information on Bluecoats visit Bellway new homes or call 07855 337192.