Placefirst, the specialist residential developer behind The Green, a ground-breaking development of 73 refurbished Victorian homes, has announced plans to hold an open-house heritage day where members of the public will be able to see how dilapidated Victorian terraces can be transformed into distinctive, modern family homes. The event will be held on Friday 9th of June and then again on Saturday 10th June between 10.30am and 4pm.

Above: The Green was home to over 170 empty homes prior to investment from Placefirst


The Green, a £5.5m development of 73 new homes and a new urban park, will offer a choice of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom homes, created through innovative remodelling of historic terraced properties that were originally set for demolition. Placefirst have transformed the empty properties through ‘back to brick’ refurbishment that includes new internal room layouts, improved energy performance, and the retention of attractive period features such as high ceilings and large windows. In addition, new residents at The Green will be able to personalise their new home through a choice of internal finishes including kitchens, flooring and internal decoration.

The new park at the heart of The Green will include landscaped lawns, a children’s play area and a flexible event space for community events. To ensure the local community have convenient access to the new park, Placefirst will create a new pedestrian link between Richardson Street and Rodney Street.

Visitors to the heritage open day will be able to access the new homes and see for themselves how traditional 18th Century Victorian Terraced houses have been reimagined as modern, aspirational homes suitable for the needs of 21st Century families. Open for viewing will be a 3-bedroom family home created through lateral conversion of two properties, and a spacious 1-bedroom home created through remodelling the existing worker cottages. The newly refurbished homes retain their Victorian character to the street, but behind the façade the properties have been completely reconfigured to offer modern, contemporary environments that blend the best of old and new. Visitors will also be able to see the wider site and see how the regeneration is taking shape.

David Smith-Milne, Managing Director from Placefirst said:

“As we are now at an important milestone for this major regeneration project for Hartlepool we wanted to open up properties so that those with an interest in the town’s heritage and regeneration can see buildings literally being transformed. This once tired and run down area of Hartlepool is being rejuvenated as a destination once again suitable for families to live in and thrive. People who are interested in seeing this happening in practice, be they local school children, students, people with connections to this part of the town and even DIY-ers thinking of doing up their own home all welcome to come along a take a look at what we are doing. We will have staff on hand to answer any queries that people may have and we will have two wonderful show homes that how old buildings, once earmarked for demolition can be totally transformed in to houses that are unlike anything else available in Hartlepool.”

Placefirst is transforming the private rental sector across the north of England, delivering aspirational build-to-rent homes to the growing number of households that increasingly rely on the private rented sector for their accommodation needs. Many families in this situation face little choice other than small scale landlords with houses of highly variable quality. Through a holistic approach to planning and commitment to fostering social values, each Placefirst development seeks to establish attractive, sustainable neighbourhoods where families can settle and communities can flourish.

Above: The homes are being stripped ‘back to brick’ and internal layouts remodelled.


Above: The Green, a new urban park at the heart of the development


The event will be held at Jobson Street, Hartlepool, TS26 8RE, and Placefirst staff will be on hand to show visitors around the newly refurbished homes. The first homes at The Green are expected to be released in June and anyone interested in renting a new home can register their interest on the day with a member of the Placefirst team or, alternatively, register online or call the Resident Services Team on 0161 413 5810.

Due to the on-going construction work car parking is limited and Placefirst suggest visitors by car use nearby Rodney Street which has good on-street parking provision.

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