Inspired by nature and village life – The new Lincolnshire development marrying modern living with rural beauty

A new 46.7-acre development in the village of Sudbrooke has taken its design inspiration from the surrounding historic woodland and the traditional village setting.


Developed by Jackson & Jackson Developments and designed by Stem Architects, The Parklands will be a new residential community of 155 individually designed homes incorporating luxury modern living within a village setting.


Works started on The Parklands in March of this year and the £30m development is on track for completion in 2020. Once complete, the development will feature an abundance of outdoor open spaces, woodland footpaths, a gastro pub/restaurant, communal gardens, allotments and an outdoor gym.


Respect for the woodland site was a driving force in the crafting of the design and it was imperative that the aesthetic of the development reflected a countryside community that was integrated into its surroundings.


Nigel Stevenson, director at Stem Architects, said: “The Parklands site is a scenic location and therefore this had to be the main driving force behind the design of the development.


“Jackson & Jackson are leaders in creating premium homes in highly desirable locations but further to that, they give the time and investment needed to make the developments sympathetic to the surroundings, adding further features to create a desirable setting.


“The inspiration for the look of the development came from the site itself. Preserving the woodland was at the heart of the design and therefore we worked to enhance the rural setting to create a community destination by adding walking trails and allotments, as well as a social place the community can meet in, the gastro pub.


“A unique aspect of The Parklands is that we designed every house to be different, which is rare on a residential development of this size. It was essential that the design respected the surrounding woodlands by utilising a broad palette of materials to give individual identity to each property inspired by the eclectic mix which Lincolnshire’s rural vernacular offers.”


The Lincoln-based developer and architect carefully considered the site, working hard to create an authentic village that respected and complemented the setting. Housing options will include quaint thatched cottages and spacious family homes and in keeping with tradition, original British red telephone boxes will be positioned throughout the Parklands and used to accommodate defibrillators.


To ensure that wildlife is considered and the development remains respectful of the landscape assets, character, condition and ecological significance, 200 new trees and over two hectares of compensation woodland will be planted. The landscape design will also feature 2km of native and ornamental hedgerow planting and a biodiversity area of one hectare.


Dominik Jackson, director at Jackson & Jackson Developments, said: “As with all of our developments, we have a clear vision for The Parklands. It’s one thing to create a great home, but it’s key to create a desirable environment where people really want to live. We’ve worked hard for a very long time with Stem Architects to create a vibrant yet peaceful community in Sudbrooke that is in touch with its surroundings.


“The design of The Parklands aims to bring people together with spacious grassy areas for families to enjoy and a gastro pub/restaurant for social dining. The scenic woodland paths in the area are perfect for strolls and the smooth lakeside circuit path is ideal for running and cycling.


“We are proud of what we are bringing to life just a few miles outside of Lincoln city centre.”


Homes are now available at The Parklands through local agent Pygott & Crone.

East Midlands ‘Developer of the Year’ for Jackson & Jackson Developments

Judges at the coveted East Midlands Property Dinner crowned Lincoln-based Jackson & Jackson Developments ‘Developer of the Year’ at its annual black-tie event held last week at The Nottingham Belfry hotel.

The East Midlands Property Dinner recognises the very best of property and construction across the region and nearly 500 guests were in attendance to see which leaders in the industry would take home the accolades.

The award comes during Jackson & Jackson’s busiest 12 months to date; having delivered and continuing to develop a portfolio of high-profile commercial and residential schemes in the region.

Following the completion of the award-winning residential scheme One the Brayford towards the end of last year, the developer is working on a number of other premier residential projects through the company’s Jackson Living brand.

Projects include a new community of 155 homes in a 47 acre development in the village of Sudbrooke, Lincoln, two student residential schemes due to complete next year and a high-end private residential scheme in a historic area of the city.

The Developer of the Year award recognises companies that have made a visible impact in the East Midlands through real estate, construction and design.

The judges commended Jackson & Jackson Developments on its positive impact on the local economy. Comments included:

The fact that Jackson & Jackson Developments has made such a huge difference to the region’s economy in a short space of time ensures they stand out from the pack. There’s simply no one else doing what they’re doing in the East Midlands right now when it comes to investing in their local community.”

The award cements Jackson & Jackson Developments’ reputation as one of the most active developers in the East Midlands area.

Director, Dominik Jackson, said: “We develop, own and manage a range of commercial sites across the East Midlands, with a strong focus on our heartland of Lincolnshire.

“We work incredibly hard to deliver game-changing schemes that not only provide homes and premises but enable and encourage further development, improving local economies in the process.

“We are proud of our success and appreciate the recognition from the property and construction industry. The East Midlands Property Dinner awards are significant and we are really pleased to have secured this title.

“I’d like to thank every member of the development team and our suppliers, whose attitude, ambition and dedication enables us to deliver outstanding schemes.”

Making Viking House a home – 120 students move in

Our latest student residential project in Lincoln, Viking House, opened its doors this month to welcome its first residents ahead of the new academic year.

Viking House, on Newland, was a hive of activity as 120 students, over 1000 suitcases and boxes plus 500 relatives who came along to help, moved in to what will be the students home for the next year.

We have worked incredibly hard to get the rooms ready for September to enable the students to move in – in fact in just five months we went from a shell to stunning, contemporary, student accommodation.

Director of Jackson & Jackson Developments, Dominik Jackson, said: “Seeing the first wave of students move in was fantastic; while the finished bedrooms and communal spaces looks spot on, now that the students have moved in it has really breathed new life into what had been a derelict building.

“Completing phase one in just five months has been a challenge but with an agile and proactive approach we have been able to deliver it in time for the new academic year. We are pleased to be working with the University of Lincoln to provide accommodation for some of Lincoln’s next generation workforce.”

The first phase of the development, which is now complete, received unanimous planning permission from the City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee earlier this year and has seen the existing Viking House building converted into 170 student bedrooms with a four-storey extension to the front of the building.

Works have now commenced on phase two of the build, which will introduce a further 76 bedrooms when it reaches completion in September 2019, and involves building on the site of the former CAD Associates car park and the Taste of Marrakesh restaurant.

When complete, Viking House will bring a total of 246 rooms as part of the University of Lincoln’s ambitious expansion plans, which is anticipated to see the population of the University’s Brayford Campus increase by more than 3,300 students in the next seven years.

Jackson & Jackson Developments wish all the students the best of luck with their studies and life in Lincoln.

Over 100 volunteers wanted for a new archaeological excavation in Lincoln

Network Archaeology is offering local people the unique opportunity to be part of a group that will explore the archaeology at the site of the existing NCP car park on Grantham Street in Lincoln.

Lincoln-based Network Archaeology was recently appointed by Jackson & Jackson Developments to deliver archaeological services ahead of construction works commencing at the site, which has received planning permission to become a purpose-built student residential building.

Network Archaeology is giving more than 100 volunteers the rare opportunity to gain hands-on experience of digging, metal detecting, finds processing and other archaeological tasks to help uncover any interesting artefacts at the site.

Enthusiastic volunteers must be over the age of eight (minors to be accompanied by an adult) and able to dedicate a few hours on one of the many ‘digging days’ from 30th July and throughout August.

Anyone with an interest in archaeology/history or just keen to take part in this event should contact [email protected] for more details.

During the excavation, all collected artefacts will be washed and marked by the volunteers at The Collection, a nearby museum, with any particularly interesting or unique artefacts put on display in the museum.

Claire Lingard, director at Network Archaeology, said: “We are very excited to be giving the local community a chance to get involved with our work on this exciting project. The Grantham Street scheme is centrally located in the main tourist area of Lincoln and we are sure that it will generate a lot of interest, which is why we are offering so many volunteers the opportunity to be a part of the excavation.

“Any interesting artefacts found will be put on display in the local museum, so we’re looking forward to seeing what our team and the volunteers will find.

“We’re looking for flexible, reliable and imaginative people with an interest in history/archaeology to take part and we would encourage anyone to register their interest as soon as possible to avoid missing out.”

A time-lapse camera feed will be set up and monitoring the site during the excavation and will be published on the Jackson & Jackson Developments website once complete and the hoardings around the development will feature viewing windows so that passers-by can see what’s happening.

Site tours will also be taking place and advertised in the Collection Museum, on Facebook and the hoardings around the site. You can keep up to date with the progress of the excavations through Network Archaeology and Jackson & Jackson Developments’ social media channels; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. @netarchlive or @Jackson_Living #NALive #GranthamStLIVE

The Grantham Street development, which is due for completion in September 2019, will feature one level of NCP car parking space open to the public and five floors of high-end student bedrooms.

Dominik Jackson, director at Jackson & Jackson Developments, said: “After receiving unanimous planning permission from the City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee earlier this year for the development of this much-needed facility, we are now pleased to see vital excavation works taking place at the site.

“Network Archaeology has worked on many high-profile schemes throughout the region and are experts in their field. Archaeology is an exciting part of any scheme and one that we take very seriously, which is why we are working with the experts.

“With a city so rich in history it seemed a shame not to exploit these works for the benefit of everyone. We’ve worked with Network Archaeology to open up the site, providing an opportunity for local people to gain first hand experience. It isn’t every day you get to excavate in such a location! I look forward to seeing what they’ll uncover.”

All required equipment, PPE and training will be provided to volunteers by Network Archaeology.

Q&A with Paul Mundin, head of residential development at Jackson Living

Jackson Living, the exclusive residential arm of Jackson & Jackson Developments, appointed head of residential development, Paul Mundin a year ago. Paul, from Lincoln, reflects on his first 12 months with the firm, his wider experience and discusses the residential landscape in Lincolnshire.

1.     Why did you want to join the Jackson Living team and how have your first 12 months been?

I have been working in the housing industry for many years and I was keen to take on a new challenge. Jackson Living is a proactive developer with a varied portfolio of schemes. The company’s mission to create quality, statement homes across the region is what attracted me to the firm.

The last 12 months have flown by and I’m looking forward to the future with the company. The Jackson Living team are a great bunch and have a real passion for the industry, which makes them a pleasure to work with.

Jackson Living is one of the area’s most active developers and we continue to work on a range of impressive schemes across the region that act as catalyst for further growth and development.

2.     You’ve got over 50 years of experience in the housing and construction industry, how has your career developed?

I started in the industry as an apprentice joiner and progressed through site management to contracts management and then onto commercial and technical management. I have worked on a variety of housing and accommodation schemes throughout my career, including large student residential schemes for colleges and universities across the Midlands, including the first three phases of accommodation at Lincoln University, as well as a variety of general residential schemes in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and beyond.

With a colourful career so far, I am now proud to say I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Building and work as the head of residential development for Jackson Living.

3.     What projects have you delivered in the last 12 months?

I have been working on a number of Jackson Living’s projects including Bailgate Mount; a development of nine luxury town houses in Motherby Hill in Lincoln, and The Parklands; a new 155 home residential community in the village of Sudbrooke. Two very different developments that have their own challenges.

Construction works on the Bailgate Mount site have begun now that extensive planning and ground works have completed.

The Parklands, which will feature a restaurant, kitchen garden, community allotments, open spaces and an outdoor gym, is almost ready for construction works to start after gaining full planning permission in 2017. The Parklands will be an incredible place to live and it’s fantastic to be involved in its development so early on. Like other Jackson Living schemes, the 46.7-acre development is being delivered by a local team of contractors.

4.     What makes Lincolnshire a great place to live?

I have lived in Lincolnshire all of my life and although I enjoy travelling it’s always good to return back to my home town. Lincoln and its surrounding villages are very desirable places to live and we continue to see a growing amount of investment in the region, which is vital to helping the community grow and prosper.

The bustling, compact city offers plenty of entertainment with a strong retail, leisure and cultural offer, plus with a number of excellent schools and an award-winning university, Lincoln and Lincolnshire continue to attract an increasing amount of out of towners moving to the area. There is therefore a growing demand for homes in the region and I’m pleased to be working with Jackson Living to help address this.

Lincoln and Lincolnshire have a real sense of community, which is inspiring and is what we are working to create at The Parklands. In short, the area is a great place to live and work.

5.     How is the residential market performing in Lincolnshire?

In my personal opinion, the residential market in Lincolnshire is performing very well. I have noticed a significant number of sites selling off plan, which is great to see. Whilst developments in places like London are starting to struggle, Lincolnshire doesn’t seem to be affected and continues to flourish.

6.     Is there a lack of or demand for certain types of homes in Lincolnshire?

There is certainly a lack of luxury homes in Lincolnshire, people don’t want to compromise on high-end, quality homes and for many years that has been missing in the region. But now that there is much development and expansion taking place, that is being addressed.

What do you think the housing sector will look like in Lincolnshire in 10 years’ time?
Lincolnshire will continue to be a popular place to live and developments will increase in-line with that demand. Jackson Living will bring new house types into the area meaning more choices for those looking to purchase a property. More homes mean more people, more businesses, employment opportunities and a stronger economy. It’s an exciting time for the region.

Ceremony marks the start of construction on £30m Sudbrooke development

Construction is officially underway on Lincoln’s premier residential development, The Parklands, following a ‘cutting of the turf’ ceremony which took place today (23 July).

The ceremony, which was hosted by Lincoln-based developer Jackson Living, part of Jackson & Jackson Developments, marked the commencement of construction works, with members of the local community and other stakeholders in attendance.

The Parklands will be a collection of 155 exclusive, individual properties, set within a tranquil woodland location, just a few miles north of Lincoln.

When complete, the 46.7-acre development will also feature beautiful outdoor open spaces, woodland footpaths, a restaurant, kitchen garden, community allotments and an outdoor gym.

Preparation works have already been underway at The Parklands site since March, creating accessible paths in the local woodland, introducing new species to the existing ponds, and working to ensure wildlife inhabitants in the surrounding area are protected, and that the development is respectful of the landscape and natural environment.

Dominik Jackson, director at Jackson & Jackson Developments, said: “The Parklands will offer not only a stunning place to live, but also a real sense of community for its residents in a beautiful woodland environment.  It is a world away from the traditional images of a housing estate; this is a new generation of bespoke housing which will promote and enrich village life.

“Myself and the whole team have spent many months carefully planning and designing every aspect of The Parklands to bring to life a wonderful, peaceful place to live while enhancing the incredible setting.

“As with other Jackson Living schemes, The Parklands is being delivered by a local team of contractors and, once complete, it will have provided more than 100 new jobs for the local community.

“Thank you to all those who joined us for the turf cutting ceremony, it’s wonderful so have so much support and to officially mark the start of creating The Parklands.”

The build programme of the scheme is being delivered by local construction consultancy LGG Projects.

Paul Jakuc, from LGG Projects, said: “It’s a privilege to be working with Jackson Living on The Parklands. We have been planning this development for so long to ensure we get it just right and it’s wonderful to see the progress made so far.”

High-end student residential scheme gets the go ahead

Plans to introduce a further 272 student bedrooms as part of the recently announced Viking House development in Lincoln have been given the green light by the City of Lincoln Council.

The developer aims to meet some of the demand generated by the University of Lincoln’s ambitious expansion plans, which is anticipated to see the population of the University’s Brayford Campus increase by more than 3,300 students in the next seven years.

Dominik Jackson, director of Jackson & Jackson Developments, said: “Whilst the University’s expansion is a huge success story, the increased student numbers creates a lot of challenges in the housing sector in Lincoln, which is why we saw the importance of using this space to fill that gap in the market.

“We have done a lot of work in improving the Brayford area and are pleased to be delivering another well-designed and modern development in the city.

“We worked very closely with the planning and conservation officers at the Council on the design and functionality of the site and are proud of the outcome. We are pleased to see works starting on phase one now and look forward to delivering this scheme in the centre of Lincoln for students to enjoy for many years to come.”

The University of Lincoln has fully supported the proposal of the development, which aims to make a significant improvement to the entrance of the city by improving views along Newland and Carholme Road.

The build programme, which is being delivered by local construction company LGG Projects, is expected to reach completion by September 2019.

New city centre student residential scheme given the green light

Lincoln-based Jackson & Jackson Developments has revealed that a new six storey building, which was given planning permission earlier this year, will be used for student accommodation located on the existing Grantham Street NCP car park in Lincoln.

Following the grant of outline permission in March, a more detailed proposal for the building to be used as a purpose-built student residential scheme was presented to the City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee and unanimously approved on Wednesday 20th June.

When complete in September 2019, the development will feature one level of NCP car parking space open to the public, and the remaining five floors will be home to 118 high-end student bedrooms to accommodate the shortage of student beds in the city.

Dominik Jackson, director of Jackson & Jackson Developments, said: “After receiving outline permission to create this new building in March we began considering a number of uses for the building, but after lengthy discussions with the University of Lincoln about a pressing shortage of student accommodation in the city, we decided to use the facility to meet this growing demand.

“We feel this development will significantly improve an under-utilised site in the city centre. We have designed a building which compliments the neighbouring buildings, providing a much stronger street scene and a user-friendly place to park.

“We are very much looking forward to starting work on this scheme, which we believe is a strong addition to this part of the city and will enhance the character of the Conservation Area.”

The design of the building was created with the surrounding area in mind, the windows of the build on the west elevation will be finned so that they will look away from the opposite building, avoiding any opportunity for overlooking. Obscure glazing has also been introduced to the circulation space to soften the elevation and depth to the window reveals and use of locally referenced bronze materials will be used to add a contemporary look to the building.

The build programme, which is being delivered by local construction company LGG Projects, is expected to start in July this year.

Sim is sitting pretty in his new city home

Lincoln’s premier development One The Brayford, which features 89 luxury apartments and three restaurant units on Brayford Wharf, recently welcomed its first residents including Sim and Victoria Bellandini, who have moved in to their new two-bedroom apartment.

Sim, who is the owner of popular Caffe Portico in Lincoln, wanted the convenience of city centre living and being able to walk to work combined with the perks of a luxury modern lifestyle, having previously been in a traditional four-bed home in Doddington village.

He said “We have been desperate to move into our new pad and now that we’re in we love the lifestyle. After seeing the show apartment back in 2017 we jumped at the opportunity to purchase at One The Brayford and we are now settled in to our contemporary surroundings and it’s so convenient that everything is on our doorstep.

“While it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to work in the morning and close to all the amenities Lincoln has to offer, it’s the view that captivates my wife and I on a daily basis. Our apartment looks out over Brayford Pool which is particularly stunning at night.

“It was of course a change of lifestyle for us having lived in a four-bed detached house for many years, but it has made our daily lives simpler and less stressful. It’s like having a refreshing new start as we’ve decluttered and had a good clear out before the move and that in itself has been a new start for us. We still feel like we are on holiday every day –  long may it continue!”

Sim, 50, and his wife chose an open-plan, south facing apartment, which boasts luxurious soft furnishings, an open plan kitchen, dining and living area as well as state-of-the-art technology features including a Google Nest smart controlled heating system.

One The Brayford is the conversion of the existing historic Mill House by Jackson Living; a division of Jackson & Jackson Developments which will be complete next month (February). The bold and modern interior fit-out of the apartments has been delivered by Lincoln-based LGG Projects.

Lincoln’s One The Brayford scoops prestigious award

Jackson & Jackson Developments are celebrating following the announcement that its striking Lincoln development, One The Brayford, has been crowned Development Project of the Year (Over £5m) Award at the Greater Lincolnshire Construction & Property Awards.

Jackson & Jackson Developments were presented with the accolade during the award ceremony that took place at The Engine Shed in Lincoln last night (6 February). The annual black-tie event welcomed over 350 people from the industry to unite, recognise and champion the county’s leading construction and property projects and businesses.

One The Brayford is the conversion of the existing historic Mill House, which boasts 89 luxury apartments. The development is the first residential development of its kind in Lincoln and the stunning property offers contemporary city centre living with elevated views of the Brayford Pool and over the city to the south and up to the Cathedral and Castle to the north.

The annual Greater Lincolnshire Construction & Property Awards are independently judged by a panel of leading construction and property industry professionals, who reviewed entries across the eight award categories.

The judges commended Jackson & Jackson Developments for One The Brayford’s design and features. Comments included:

“The judges were impressed by the striking interior design work and luxurious soft furnishings bringing a new dimension to the City of Lincoln, and aligning with local goals to make Lincoln a top place to work, visit and live”.

“Jackson & Jackson have strived to create the best facilities with modern influences, and the judges also liked the red brick work which draws back to the industrial heritage of the Brayford Pool – which helps retain the history within the area.”

“The judges felt that the development has also enhanced the Lincoln City skyline, adding vibrant features to our historical backdrop, and felt a complete high-quality transformation within the area has been achieved.”

Dominik Jackson, director at Jackson & Jackson Developments, said: “We are very proud to have taken home this award for One The Brayford and to be recognised at such a high level amongst many other successful projects in the region, it’s a huge honour.

“I’d like to thank our whole team for their hard work, dedication and commitment to delivering One The Brayford, this award wouldn’t have been possible without them. One The Brayford has now transitioned from an ambitious development to a place where people want to live, which is fantastic to see.

“It’s an exciting time for the firm as we have lots of new developments in the pipeline and this award is a fantastic start to 2018 which will be another busy year for us.”

The bold and modern interior fit-out of the apartments at One The Brayford has been delivered by Lincoln-based LGG Projects.

Jackson & Jackson Developments is currently working on a number of significant projects in the area, including Bailgate Mount; a development of nine townhouses on Motherby Hill, and The Parklands; a new 155-home residential development in the village of Sudbrooke.