The Forum Build to Rent (BTR) scheme in central Stevenage has received planning permission.

The site was previously occupied by Office Outlet and has been vacant since 2019.

The residential-led development will deliver 226 new homes and a public realm, which will revitalise an underused part of town and play an important role in connecting the old and the new town.

Architecture firm PRP has designed the scheme, set to be developed by J Group, Leo Homes and V Fund.

The Forum comprises a single residential block of varying heights split into two cores with ground and first-floor communal areas, podium level external amenities and communal rooftop terraces with commercial spaces on the ground floor.

Bob Pecotic, director at Leo Homes said: “All of us here at Leo, J Group and V Fund are delighted to be involved in such a progressive urban regeneration project in a great town that is undergoing an exciting transformation, we couldn’t have done it without our amazing team, including Richard Quelch at Q Square and our brilliant architects PRP.”

As part of the proposals, there will also be improvements to the public realm in the area, including enhancing the existing Fairlands Way underpass for members of the public.

Robert High, associate director at PRP “We are thrilled to be involved in this project that will bring much-needed regeneration to this part of Stevenage. The aim of the team has been to create a safe and active street environment, together with high-quality homes that add to the vibrancy of the New Town.”

PRP is also involved in the £1 billion regeneration of Stevenage.

Image source: PRP

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