Broadland ‘topped out’ the first block of its Canary Quay scheme today, celebrating this exciting new community development. The celebration marked a key milestone in the delivery of 60 new social rented flats in Norwich, with the structure complete and “just” the internal fitting left to do before families move in during September.
The 1- and 2-bedroom apartments were partly funded by Norwich City Council, with proceeds of Right to Buy sales. By spring 2020 Broadland will have built a total of 323 homes at Canary Quay, a mix of affordable/intermediate rent and open market properties.
Joining Broadland directors and staff for the topping out were James Carter, Director of construction company RG Carter, and representatives from architects Ingleton Wood and consulting engineers Rossi Long.
This is an exciting day for Broadland. We will be providing high-quality homes for people who need them the most, at rents they can afford, near to the city centre. Canary Quay will transform a space that was neglected and derelict into a vibrant new living quarter for Norwich. We have been particularly delighted with our enduring partnership with R G Carter for over 50 years, and this scheme is another great example of how working together we are able to improve lives for people in Norfolk.
Mario Rackham, Director and General Manager at RG Carter, said:
After months of building at Canary Quay, the topping out ceremony is a great opportunity for us to welcome local stakeholders to enjoy a first look at the progress that has been made, and to thank everyone involved. We look forward to completing this fantastic project, which will help transform the riverside area, as well as provide high-quality housing that will serve the local community for years to come.
Canary Quay construction will continue throughout 2019-20:
- Phase 2 – 89 flats (55 open market, to be built by our Broadland St Benedict arm , and 34 for intermediate rent)
- Phase 3 – 73 flats (affordable rent)
- Phase 4 – 101 flats (affordable rent, open market and discounted market sale)
The Canary Quay site was originally bought from Norwich City Football Club as two separate landholdings. Complex planning negotiations with Norwich City Council continued over a number of years. Broadland also worked with the Broads Authority to protect the natural habitats on the riverbank and ensure the future sustainability of the site.
All the homes for rent at Canary are being allocated in partnership with Norwich City Council. The market sales properties will be handled by Savills.