The Deanery, Southampton

A stunning, high-density housing scheme that remains one of our proudest achievements to date.

We created a stunning, high-density housing scheme on land formerly owned by Southampton City Council that was formerly used as a recreation sports hall and associated car park. Our plan was to create a contemporary development of 140 apartments and 29 four-bedroom townhouses as part of a high quality, inner city regeneration scheme.

Highwood’s proposals ensured we were shortlisted by the local authority alongside national housebuilders, but ultimately won the contract to complete the project due to our extensive local knowledge and proven track record in selective land acquisition and high quality construction.

The Deanery’s historic past called for a watching brief over the site’s archaeological interest.

The development to provide a mix of housing association apartments and houses at Deanery, near Southampton’s St Mary’s football stadium commenced in 2008 and was not without its challenges – its historic past called for a watching brief over the site’s archaeological interest and dig.

The site lies within the southwest of the nationally important mid-Saxon settlement of Hamwic where evidence of the remains of construction dating back to c.1600 was found. Further hurdles were faced when a flood risk mitigation scheme demanded that Highwood raise the level of the main road by 50mm – all this in addition to the extensive highway works that had already been planned.

Highwood overcame these challenges and produced a regeneration scheme that set new standards in sustainability and design. With underground parking, solar panels for hot water, responsibly sourced building materials, Code Level 3 compliance and communal areas styled in collaboration with a community artist, the re-development of The Deanery remains one of Highwood Group’s proudest achievements to date.