Press Release

Hearthstone Investments Completes Acquisition of Eco-Homes at Yorkshire's Largest Brownfield Regeneration Project

October 4, 2023

Housebuilder Sky-House has completed the sale of 11 homes at Waverley in Rotherham to specialist fund manager Hearthstone Investments.

The eleven homes – a mixture of three and four-bed properties – were bought by Hearthstone Investments for immediate rent to families and young professionals on average incomes.  

Waverley’s connectivity to both Junction 33 of the M1 and to the centres of both Sheffield and Rotherham, in addition to environmental credentials – including app-enabled electric heating, solar roof panels, MEV indoor heat pumps for hot water and electric vehicle charging capabilities to every home - were key selling points for the homes.

Hearthstone Investments is a specialist fund manager focused on the private rented sector, with over £450m of assets under management. This deal is Sky-House’s first with a specialist fund of this kind.  All eleven homes are now being marketed through local agents, who have reported strong demand.

The eleven homes form part of Sky-House’s second phase of 44 homes at Waverley, Yorkshire’s largest ever brownfield redevelopment, the regeneration of the former Orgreave coal mining site.

David Cross, Founder and Director of Sky-House Co, said:

“This is an excellent deal for Sky-House, reflecting the quality of our homes for the institutional investment market."  

"Directly dealing with Hearthstone has been a pleasure, with the deal concluded quickly over the Summer.  We hope this develops into a long term partnership with Hearthstone, as well as providing a reference point for other funds and institutions as we develop out our pipeline of sites in South Yorkshire and beyond.”

Cedric Bucher, CEO, Hearthstone Investments, added:

“The product that Sky-House develops is exactly what the private rented sector is crying out for; quality, new homes with strong environmental credentials in a great location. Supporting such large scale projects forms part of our investment strategy, with nearly 50% of homes across our portfolio from brownfield regeneration projects.”

“The ability to bring these properties to the rental market works both for our institutional investors and delivers what local people on average salaries need.  It’s a benchmark for what private rented homes should be.”

Pre and post site images of the Waverley regeneration project, courtesy of Harworth Group:

Outdoor image discretion of Sky-House/Vox Multimedia:

For further information please contact:
Cedric Bucher, CFA
Chief Executive Officer
+44 (0)7795 012791