Strawberry Star Group has today announced the launch of Star Living Gravesend, a high-quality Build-to-Rent (BTR) scheme on Bath Street, Gravesend, Kent.

The development will include 115 units, ranging from one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. The launch of Star Living Gravesend is the second such unique development after Star Living Harlow which was announced recently by Strawberry Star’s dedicated BTR arm designed to increase rental supply across London’s commuter belt.

Gravesend is currently undergoing a large redevelopment and Strawberry Star is moving forward to deliver much-needed housing in Gravesend. As an end-to-end developer, Strawberry Star acquires, develops, builds, and manages all its portfolio, with already £1.4bn worth of assets and over 1,000+ units under management.

Star Living Gravesend will be built on the former site of the Gravesend Maternity hospital, which will see the refurbishment of the old maternity ward. The developer will maintain and incorporate the unique M shape at the top of the building.

Santhosh Gowda, Chairman at Strawberry Star, comments: “We’re extremely proud to announce the launch of Star Living Gravesend, the latest scheme under our new boutique BTR brand. Star Living Gravesend will deliver much-needed rental apartments for the Gravesend community, helping to rebalance the levels of supply and demand for rental units. Our strategy to bring forward boutique developments will result in new homes coming to market much sooner than on larger regeneration schemes.”

The scheme will be an integral part of Star Living’s portfolio. Gravesend meets the criteria identified by Star Living for a successful BTR scheme. Construction is set to start in Q1 2023.

Star Living has been positioned in the market to provide a modern and convenient rental product within the commuter belt against a background of chronic supply issues, whilst serving investors as a resilient asset class poised for growth.

Star Living Gravesend will offer a single customer journey from reservations to end of tenancy, including digital concierge, and ancillary services such as laundry, dry cleaning, and housekeeping.

Steven Beveridge, CEO at Star Living, comments: “The launch of Star Living Gravesend is a significant milestone for us on our BTR journey. We’re determined to deliver high-quality rental homes to meet the needs of our residents in Gravesend and surrounding areas. The development will bring back into use a brownfield site that was previously used for the former Gravesend Maternity Hospital that was well known for birthing new life. It is an honour to have the opportunity to build on this heritage and revive this landmark site.”