About Us

Developing derelict, inner city sites and managing them in sustainable ways tailor made for the local area, First Premise pioneers economic and social regeneration in both marginal and mainstream locations.

First Premise works across all sectors: in partnership with local communities, as well as the public, voluntary and private sectors.

First Premise was established in 1986 before 'regeneration' had become a fashionable concept and at a time when mixed use projects were neither popular with mainstream developers nor understood well by social housing associations.

Working both independently and in partnership with housing associations and other organisations, First Premise harnesses local community aspirations to regenerate derelict sites for local use.

First Premise's progressive approach has created innovative space solutions where people can live and work in close yet harmonious proximity right in the heart of inner-city areas.

A highly successful example of this philosophy is the development of four sites on the High Street in Deptford, South - London. Financed through a combination of private and public sector funding, the four schemes provide a total of 50 flats, shops, workshops and live/work units as well as a community hall. All this has been sensitively achieved without altering the aesthetic of the street by blending intelligent contemporary design with a heritage enviroment.

First Premise has four main areas of operation
  • First Premise

    Completed projects include the restoration and modernisation of a terrace of 28 flats, 14 shops and live/work units in London SE1
    The flats and live/work units are let as private sector rented units and the shops are let to small and start-up businesses.

  • First Premise

    First Premise has completed a number of joint venture projects with housing associations.

  • First Premise

    First Premise has acted as Project Manager on a number of developments for housing associations and charities.

  • First Premise

    First Premise recognises that the ongoing management and letting of mixed use developments is different from mainstream residential and commercial property management and is crucial to the continuing success of the projects.
    The company has over 25 years of experience in this field and provides management services to housing associations and charities who are not able, or do not wish to take on their own management.