Broadland has proudly welcomed its first tenants to Canary Quay, Norwich.
Over the coming weeks, 60 one- and two-bedroom apartments at Canary Quay will be handed over. These new homes, which are for social rent, are the first phase in our ambitious development that will eventually create 323 new homes.
The new homes will be a mix of social and intermediate rent and open market properties. All 60 new homes in Phase 1 are social rent.
Broadland Housing chief executive Michael Newey commented:
It is very pleasing to be handing over the first new homes on a site which was previously neglected and derelict, and which we are transforming into a vibrant new living quarter for Norwich, providing high-quality homes near the city centre for people who need them the most, at rents they can afford.
This is an ambitious scheme on a large scale which has taken considerable time to bring to fruition; when we see the delight on our tenants’ faces when they receive their keys, it makes all that hard work worthwhile.
Case study: Andrew Parfitt
One of the first tenants to receive their keys at Canary Quay was Andrew Parfitt (pictured above) – whose new home overlooks two of his former workplaces.
Retired railwayman Andrew worked at the rail depot right next to the new development. Before that he worked at the Colman’s works, just across the river, which he can now see from the balcony of his 6th-floor one-bedroom apartment.
Andrew has lived in Norwich since his early 20s. Previously he was living in rented accommodation which was plagued by anti-social behaviour. He is delighted with his new home.
When I first saw the flat I was amazed – it’s so nice. My dad was a builder, so I can appreciate the quality of the finish. It’s done to a great standard. The moment I walked in, I was sold!
It’s so nice to be coming back to where I spent most of my working life, it’s a part of the city I love. This is now my ‘forever home’. I’m confident is it going to be a real community.
Case study: Brandon Cheesman
20 year-old Brandon Cheesman has spent the past 18 months in shared accommodation at the YMCA. His one-bedroom 5th-floor apartment at Canary Quay is his first home.
Brandon grew up in Norwich and has been working in tree surgery with his granddad. He is hoping to take his certificates and become a tree surgeon himself.
It has got everything. Being in the city I can walk everywhere, or get the bus easily. Everything like shops are close by. And I really love the football, which is next door.
My flat is really good quality. When my mum saw it, she was so excited she joked that she wanted to move out of her own house and live here!