Broadland Housing and Norwich City Council have built 7 new homes for people formerly sleeping rough on the streets.
The 7 x 1-bedroom homes on Ketts Hill in Norwich were built with funding from the Rough Sleepers Accommodation Programme. This will also pay for support workers to help the residents settle into their new homes and rebuild their lives.
At the handover ceremony, Councillor Gail Harris, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member for social housing, joined Michael Newey, Chief Executive, and representatives from our design and construction partners.
Broadland has built the homes on land provided by Norwich City Council, which provided capital alongside grant funding from Homes England.
The new homes were built with a timber-frame design for speed of construction and to ensure low embodied carbon. Each property has its own small front garden.
Councillor Harris said:
The City Council is committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness, and through our successful collaborative work with partners like Broadland Housing Association, we are finding new and innovative ways to offer targeted support to those who need it.
I’m thrilled to see these new homes handed over, which will provide the accommodation and support needed to help former rough sleepers live independent, happy lives. It is fantastic that each home has its own outdoor space, and I can’t wait to hear how the new residents settle in.
Gail Harris, cabinet member for social housing, Norwich City Council
Michael Newey added:
This site will provide high-quality, affordable housing for those in desperate need of accommodation and support – another development which will transform lives.
This project builds on the continual partnership working between the City Council and Broadland Housing Association in tackling some of the most difficult sites and developments to bring much-needed affordable accommodation to the city.
These homes will once again be built to the high-quality standards we have for all our homes. These new homes, in the heart of Norwich on a disused piece of land, will ensure that more people leave the streets and can have a home to call their own.
Michael Newey, Chief Executive, Broadland Housing Association
Vital community scheme
Norwich-based property and construction consultancy Ingleton Wood provided architectural and utility design services for the new homes. The builders were H Smith & Sons of Honingham, and the timber frame was manufactured in Norfolk by Timber Frame Management.
Chris Stammers, Director and Architect at Ingleton Wood, said:
Ketts Hill provides immediate support for those in desperate housing need across Norwich and we are proud to have supported this vital community scheme.
Featuring a contemporary take on a traditional terrace, Ketts Hill provides high-quality living accommodation and essential facilities within an attractive setting. The project has been an exemplar of positive multi-agency collaboration.