Key developments

Charlton Hayes, South Gloucestershire

A large scheme, where Sovereign provide nearly 500 homes of different tenures on one site, and successfully integrate with the rest of the development. A greater number of units, added to the operational efficiencies of a scheme in close proximity to our Bristol offices has allowed Sovereign to provide a neighbourhood inclusion officer for the duration of the scheme to help establish a new community.

The Racecourse, Newbury

Working with Newbury Racecourse, the Local Authority and David Wilson Homes to provide mixed tenure housing in a diverse community, whilst ensuring The Racecourse's high-profile racing heritage remains in-tact. A local lettings plan was agreed to ensure a sustainable resident-mix. Key to negotiations has been the recognition that Sovereign will continue to work hand-in-hand with The Racecourse.

Great Western Park, Didcot

Sovereign were instrumental in renegotiating the affordable housing mix at Great Western Park with the Local Authority whilst securing grant funding to unlock the initial phases of the scheme. Key to discussions was the status of Didcot within the Science Vale Enterprise Zone which enabled the link between housing and economic development to be made.

Wapping Wharf, Bristol

Sovereign’s investment in this part of the redevelopment of Bristol’s harbour side was key to securing HCA grant funding. Our development team have specified 55 new build apartments at this waterfront site, expanding our Private Rent portfolio in an exciting area.

Heath Lane, Bladon

A rural exception site developed in partnership with the Blenheim Estate where land was made available for affordable housing on the basis that Blenheim were able to retain a small number of units to let to estate workers who were struggling to find homes in the local area.

Inkpen, West Berkshire

We owned a small plot of land with room for two dwellings in the hamlet of Inkpen, five miles outside Hungerford. But the isolated rural site, with limited public transport links, didn’t lend itself to affordable housing. So instead of the obvious approach of building two homes for rent, we decided to develop two homes for sale. The surplus generated from these sales then funded new houses for rent in areas where housing need was acute.

Hanham Hall, Bristol

In Bristol, Barratt Homes asked us to help ensure that England’s first large-scale zero carbon scheme was sustainable not just in terms of energy efficiency, but also from a community perspective. Sovereign set up a not-for-profit social enterprise where all the residents promote community initiatives such as car-sharing clubs or gardening groups and manage parts of the estate such as open spaces and allotments.

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Mill Reef House, Newbury

Working in Partnership with the building owners Katana and Feltham Properties Ltd, Sovereign offered forward committed to the redundant office building upon its successful conversion to apartments.

This scheme is now complete, and provides us with 32 PRS units in Newbury town centre within a few hundred metres walk of the train station with main-line links to central London.

Kersey Crescent, Newbury

A joint venture with David Wilson Homes has unlocked development on this site; a key gateway to Newbury. The existing development of 75 flats has been demolished, and units for sale, shared ownership and social tenures built in its place.

Trafalgar Court, Theale

Formerly a care home, Sovereign have owned this site for over 15 years. As part of our Asset Management strategy we reviewed this scheme; identifying the requirement to preserve our assets in this area, and subsequent opportunity for redevelopment of this site. Following a rigorous tender process, lead contractor Leadbitter was appointed to build 30 affordable and shared equity units for over 55s – in-line with restrictions on the land.

Somerford Redevelopment

A review of a pre-formed Master Plan for the redevelopment of the Somerford estate in Christchurch prompted us to form a design panel (made up of local residents, councillors and Sovereign representatives) to collaborate with the existing neighbourhood partnership and give local people the chance to have a say on the scheme. We have provided 36 affordable units to date, with 20 shared ownership and a further 23 affordable units to come during 2016/17.

Asperand House, Poole

@branksome, also known as Asperand House, is an award winning scheme in Poole, offering 36-homes for private rent. A former print works lay derelict on the site for many years, and local government and residents welcomed the new development, close to local amenities and transport links.

Old School Place, Poole

The provision of 30 new homes on the site of a former school in Hamworthy, Poole. The school closed in 2004 and became derelict but the locally-listed Victorian building has now been restored to retain a lot of its original character and it has been converted to 4 houses for open market sale. The scheme offers a further 5 properties for sale, with 5 shared ownership homes and 16 affordable rental properties.

Steeple View, Southampton

Formerly a local shopping parade, this site in Southampton was redeveloped to provide 70 new homes, of which over 30% are family homes. This complex scheme was developed through a three-way partnership with Southampton City Council and Linkcity (a Bouygues construction company), allowing us to purchase the open market sale and affordable units on the site.