Blake Henderson Ltd.
Artist’s impression of how the Wheatsheaf would look when converted to accommodation.
A brand new company will invest £1.5 million into Barrow properties to fill the demand for accommodation in the area.
Blake Henderson, a new property development company has been established in Barrow by Andi Cooke, a building contractor based in Northamptonshire. Mr Cooke plans to transform empty houses and commercial buildings into single occupancy rooms, a business plan with which he has had much success in the south.
With high levels of investment in infrastructure initiatives around the area, Mr Cooke was introduced to the potential in Barrow by local developer Paul Sheldon from Samuel Sheldon building contractors.
The property developer aims to meet the demand for short term housing with a £1.5 million investment in his innovative properties.
The first wave of rooms will be available as soon as mid February and will feature a number of high tech developments including a smart key system allowing people to get into their rooms using a phone.
“We are, in our roots, a building company, so we might start looking at the potential for new builds as well at different site to potentially alleviate the stresses on the housing market.
“The quality of rooms is very different, to what you might see in a traditional shared property, each room is a good sized double en-suite room with a desk and television and shared kitchen.
“There will also be smart key technology that will allow you to sign into the building and open your room with a smartphone.”
Mr Cooke also believes that if demand for single rooms was to fall the properties could easily be converted into flats for people to move into on a more long term basis.
He said: “Really they’ll be sympathetic developments with a design layout that will help the buildings be easily converted into flats if the demand for individual rooms falls.
“They would be one and two bed flats, and we’ve put together a long-term 10 year plan for the business in the North West.”