Kent Street Baths JV

PRESS RELEASE: 7th September 2018

Lupa Land acquires prime central Birmingham ‘Kent Street Baths’ site

Planned 406 unit PRS development expected to complete on forward funding and construction contract imminently. Part of site onward sold for separate 98 unit development for private sale

Lupa Land Ltd (“Lupa”), formerly Camborne Land Investments, is pleased to announce that it has, through its joint venture company KSB Birmingham Ltd (“KSB”), acquired the 504 unit, 2.25 acre site known as ‘Kent Street Baths’ bounded by Bromsgrove Street, Gooch Street North, Kent Street and Henstead Street, from the Gooch Estate.

Lupa, through KSB, has at the same time onward sold part of the site, known as Plot 2, to High Street Residential, a subsidiary of The High Street Group of Companies, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. The plot will be developed as a 98 unit block for private sale.

Lupa intends to develop a 406 unit scheme for the PRS sector, including a public courtyard, retail space and a private residents’ hub at the heart of the development. The development will offer a mix of studio to three bedroom apartments in five principal buildings ranging from 6 to 18 storeys.

Final planning permission was granted in June 2018. Lupa is now working towards closing a forward funding round together with a construction contract by the end of August 2018.

The site is expected to be completed in time for the Commonwealth Games.

Neal Watkins, Director of Lupa Land, comments: “The Kent Street Baths site will offer an exciting premium residential development that promises to build a thriving new community in the heart of the city. We are delighted to be a part of the continued redevelopment of Birmingham’s city centre bringing high quality, contemporary living space and facilities.

“We are already progressing well with the funding and construction agreements for the 406 units located in Plot 1, which we hope to have in place by the end of this month.”

Conal Long, Director of Lupa Land, added: “The acquisition of this site marks the continued development of the Southside, feeding into proposals for the regeneration of Smithfields and the new HS2 terminus. The sale of Plot 2 endorses the strong level of interest for the site and our vision for creating high quality, modern and affordable housing in a transforming city.”

Charles Gillett from Gooch Estates, said: “We are delighted to complete this sale with KSB and with the progress being made on Kent Street Baths. We were impressed with Lupa’s vision for creating a community hub through professionally managed, rental-led developments with a distinct look. This is exactly aligned with the Gooch Estates’ strategy of offering highly attractive properties and homes in the thriving Southside area of Birmingham.”

Dav Bansal, Director of Glenn Howells Architects: “We are delighted to be a part of this new venture that will deliver an exemplary PRS scheme in the city. With a striking communal hub in the centre of a new courtyard that is defined by a family of tonal brick buildings, it will provide a distinct setting to foster a strong sense of community.

“From the outset, Lupa has encouraged our continual involvement from concept design through to delivery to ensure the quality of their product is maintained and are therefore looking forward to soon starting on site.”