Hightown’s new Elmshall Place development is now open and ready to welcome residents. This project brings 58 new, much-needed affordable homes to a highly sustainable location close to the train station in central St Albans.

The development was officially launched by Hightown Chief Executive David Bogle, and local dignitaries including St Albans City and District Council Housing and Inclusion Portfolio Holder Councillor Brian Ellis.

The development brings important new affordable housing to St Albans, which according to figures from The Office of National Statistics boasts the highest average house prices in the whole of England.  It is also forecast that over the next five years, St Albans will see the largest property prices increases in the East of England.

Replacing a disused 1980s office building, the mixed tenure development on a bownfield site has created a total of 58 one and two-bedroom apartments – 34 of the homes will be available for affordable rent, and 24 of the apartments will be offered through a “rent for less scheme” for aspiring homeowners. Residents will also benefit from an attractive central amenity space and close links to train and bus networks. 

Hightown currently owns and manages over 1,250 properties in St Albans and remains committed to continuing to invest in the area. David Bogle, Chief Executive for Hightown Housing said:

“Elmshall Place has provided us with an excellent opportunity to transform a disused building into much needed affordable housing in a prime St Albans location.  We are delighted that Elmshall Place is now well and truly open for business and look forward to welcoming its new residents in the coming weeks and months.” 

Elmshall Place stands on what was formerly the site of the Rose’s Lime Juice Cordial.Prior to being acquired by Hightown, the office building Beaufort House had been empty since 2009.  During the Blitz of the Second World War, Rose’s relocated from London to St Albans. In homage to the heritage of the site, the postal address for the apartments will beRose Court and Lauchlin Court; named after Lauchlan Rose who patented a method to preserve citrus juice without alcohol in 1867.