Developers HUB and Smedvig have picked JJ Rhatigan as the main contractor to deliver the first phase of The Landing large rental flats project in Maidenhead.
Funded by the build-to-rent operator Get Living for £155m, JJR has just started construction on the cleared site, with a first phase completion date expected in Winter 2024.
The 3.5-acre mixed-use scheme is set to revitalise Maidenhead town centre, giving a much-needed boost to this key commuter hub.
Apartment blocks will rise to 16 floors in first phase of the town centre scheme
The first phase of four of the six blocks will deliver 429 homes alongside 23,000 sq ft of ground floor retail space and extensive new public realm.
It is HUB’s second partnership with the Irish contractor, which is currently on-site completing a £53m mixed-residential scheme in Abbey Wood, Greenwich, and marks JJR’s further expansion into the UK residential sector.
“This is our biggest contract so far in the UK,” said Ger Ronayne, chief executive officer of JJR. “It significantly builds on our continuing success in the UK market as the business expands and meets the market challenges head on, to deliver exciting projects across both England and Ireland.”
Designed by award-winning architect Studio Egret West, the mixed-use development, known as The Landing, will also deliver 104,000 sq ft of office space and another 15,000 sq ft of ground floor retail and leisure space in two further phases.
A new garden square including soft landscaping, trees and seating areas will create a green destination in the heart of the town.
The Landing site – a key part of Maidenhead’s wider regeneration that includes the £500m redevelopment of the town’s shopping centre – is also adjacent to Maidenhead station, where Elizabeth Line trains will arrive in 2022, and will provide a much-needed link between the refurbished station and the town centre.
Damien Sharkey, Managing Director at HUB, said: “We are very excited to now start construction on this fantastic new place that will bring beautifully designed, well-connected homes, employment opportunities and community facilities to the town centre. We are happy to be working alongside JJR for the second time, with their reputation in the industry for construction excellence.”
Established in 1952, JJR is a Tier One Main Contractor operating throughout Ireland and since 2012 in the UK, focusing on Greater London and the South East.
Ger Ronayne, CEO of JJR, said: “We look forward to working with them over the next couple of years to bring phase one of The Landing to completion.”