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Major new Build-to-Rent scheme moves forward in Bournemouth

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

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(L-R) Mick Sweeney, Chief Executive, Radian; Chris Holloway, Project Director; Cllr Nicola Greene, Deputy Leader, Bournemouth Borough Council; Andy Duff, Regional Managing Director, Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure; Duncan Johnston, Development Director, Bournemouth Development Company.


A major new build-to-rent development of 113 apartments in Bournemouth is just a year away.  

Berry Court is a £27 million project that is being developed by Radian in partnership with Bournemouth Development Company.  

To mark 12 months from completion of the project, Councillor Nicola Greene, Deputy Leader of Bournemouth Council, joined members of the project team on site for a traditional “topping out” ceremony.  

Berry Court is one of the first major build-to-rent developments in Bournemouth and it will play an important role in the council’s Town Centre Vision which focuses on the economic regeneration of the area.  

Once complete, the new apartments will be owned by Radian and available via its private rental service SMART. The homes are available for rent to fulfil a recognised demand from people who are saving towards, or do not wish to commit to, buying their own home, or who simply want to rent a home in the town centre.  

Mick Sweeney, Chief Executive of Radian, said: “Berry Court is one of the first major developments of this kind in Bournemouth and it will provide our residents with an attractive high-quality living environment. It’s a project that we believe will bring a host of benefits to the town centre and it will greatly appeal to those people looking for the option of renting locally.”  

He added: “Build-to-rent is becoming an increasingly important housing delivery model. Because of this, Radian has its own private rental service SMART., which offers flexibility and security and recognises the need for quality homes backed by a quality landlord.”  

Duncan Johnston, Development Director of Bournemouth Development Company, said: “Berry Court is an exciting and striking scheme that continues the desire to build higher quality developments in Bournemouth. The topping out ceremony marks a significant milestone in its progress so far.”   

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Berry 071The Radian team at Berry Court (L-R): Andy Woolley, Market Rent Project Manager; Peter Evans, Acting Director of Development and Technical Services; Mick Sweeney, Chief Executive.