Winvic Construction has reached practical completion of its first Build-to-Rent scheme, also the first purpose-built accommodation of this type in Leicester city centre
The Wullcomb on Vaughan Way, comprising of 297 modern apartments and four ground-floor commercial spaces is owned by Long Harbour, managed by Way of Life and delivered in partnership with a local developer, the Sowden Group.
Winvic’s design team worked closely with lead architect Franklin Ellis to find solutions to a number of challenges and to create high quality living with a sense of community, ideal for young professionals; significant design changes were managed during construction at ground and fifth floor whilst managing a live site process.
Winvic’s director of multi-room, Mark Jones, commented: “This is the first in a flurry of upcoming completions and Winvic’s controlled strategic move into this growth market, along with student accommodation, will see us reach completion of almost 5,500 bedrooms by the end of the year.”
Long Harbour’s managing director of BtR, Rebecca Taylor, said: “It is fantastic to see The Wullcomb as Leicester’s first Build-to-Rent scheme being handed over. This was a true partnership from the outset with Sowden, Winvic, Franklin Ellis and our team all driven to set a new benchmark of quality in the city.”
Joe Taylor, partner at Franklin Ellis Architects, said: “We are very pleased to have joined forces with Winvic and Sowden Group on The Wullcomb development. The building’s design is complex and takes its inspiration from many different sources, including Leicester’s manufacturing heritage and the desire to provide the opportunity for future developments towards the waterside. It has been wonderful to work alongside Winvic on its first build-to-rent scheme which has set a new benchmark for high-quality living accommodation.”