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Sentinel advised by Trowers & Hamlins on trio of housing projects

Sentinel advised by Trowers & Hamlins on trio of housing projects

Three developments will see over 650 new homes delivered in Hampshire

Sentinel Housing Association is on track to complete a trio of significant housing projects which will see much-needed homes created across the north Hampshire area.  These latest projects undertaken by the Basingstoke-based not-for-profit association will deliver over 650 new homes, increasing Sentinel's locally managed portfolio to more than 9,000 properties. 

Trowers & Hamlins, long-term advisers of Sentinel and recognised in the independent legal directories Chambers UK 2014 and The Legal 500 2013 as the standalone top-tier law firm in Social Housing, is working closely with Sentinel on all three projects, providing both legal and affordable housing expertise. 

The three projects currently underway include:

  • Chapel Hill – Sentinel has submitted a planning application to develop 578 homes on Chapel Hill in Basingstoke as part of a major £100 million development.  The housing association's proposals include delivery of 247 new build houses, 275 new build apartments, including the conversion of a locally listed structure into 56 apartments. 40% of the homes will be affordable. Trowers & Hamlins advised on the development from the initial site acquisition in 2012 through to the procurement of a joint venture partner, as well as other aspects.
  • Dextra Court – In April this year Sentinel completed the purchase of Dextra Court in Basingstoke for £3 million.  The housing association plans to convert the 40,000 sq ft commercial office building in the town centre into 56 apartments.  Trowers & Hamlins handled all legal aspects of the building's purchase. 
  • Freemantle Close and Taverner Close – Sentinel is also on track to complete the regeneration of Freemantle Close and Taverner Close in Basingstoke.  The £23 million project – currently under construction – will see the former council stock converted into 190 homes, including 72 one and two-bedroom flats and 118 two, three and four-bedroom houses.  Trowers & Hamlins is advising Sentinel on all aspects of the regeneration. 

Mike Shepherd, Development & Regeneration Director of Sentinel Housing, commented:  "These projects demonstrate our commitment to providing high quality, family homes.  It is our priority to do all we can to help tackle the housing shortage at a local level.  We appreciate all the advice and insight Trowers & Hamlins is providing and look forward to working with them to take these projects through to completion."

Julian Keith, Senior Associate in the Housing and Regeneration department at Trowers & Hamlins, added:  "We are delighted to be working with Sentinel on these projects as they invest further in the Hampshire community.  Their track record in developing and building new housing is second to none."