Virtual reality tour for VIPs at turf-turning celebration – Trunch, north Norfolk


Guests celebrating the start of building work at Broadland Housing’s new scheme at Trunch today [5 July 2017] got a high-tech preview of how it will look when it’s finished – and the future of the construction industry. 

The Cornish Avenue scheme comprises 12 affordable homes: a mix of 3-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 1-bedroom houses, plus a 1-bedroom bungalow. The scheme design reflects traditional rural settlements in north Norfolk, with houses grouped informally and a green open space overlooking rural scenery beyond.

Broadland Development Services will be carrying out the work, in association with architects Ingleton Wood and builders John Youngs. The scheme will be completed in 2018.

Partnership working

Around 30 guests attended the turf-turning event, including representatives from North Norfolk District Council, the parish council, Ingleton Wood, John Youngs and Broadland board members.

Michael Newey, Group Chief Executive, Broadland Housing, said:

“Affordable housing is vital for the survival of our rural communities and services. This innovative new scheme offers a lifeline to local people, making it possible for them to live near their families, friends and places of work.”

Cllr Richard Price, North Norfolk District Council’s portfolio holder for housing, said:

It’s especially fitting that we celebrate the start of works to build these new homes in Rural Housing Week. This housing scheme will deliver vital new affordable homes to meet the local housing need of Trunch and the adjoining parishes of Gimingham, Knapton, Mundesley, Southrepps and Swafield.”

High-tech 3D panoramas

Visitors accessed stunning 3D panoramas of the new affordable housing scheme using a world-first Google Tango prototype device. They could also ‘view’ individual properties by scanning QR codes on posts dotted around the site, and try on smart glasses to view a sample instructional video for construction workers.

Ed Godden, Scheme Architect, Ingleton Wood, and Project Manager for the ACCEPT project, explained how the European Horizon 2020-funded project will improve overall quality and knowledge transfer on construction sites. Broadland Housing sites will pilot the ACCEPT technology in real-life applications and provide valuable feedback, starting with Trunch. He said:

“Communication is a critical part of the construction process. For centuries, architects, contractors and craftsmen have relied on paper drawings and site meetings, but the ACCEPT project is now working with people across the industry to bring the industry into the 21st century. Smartphones, tablets and wearable technologies like smart glasses will make it easier than ever for site workers to access design information. The effects will be significant – higher quality and more energy-efficient buildings.”

James Phillips, General Manager of John Youngs, said:

“Building relationships and working collaboratively with Broadland Housing and the design team will provide the best opportunity to deliver this project to the quality and standard it deserves. The design from Ingleton Wood is both innovative and sympathetic to its surroundings – it has been great to see the ACCEPT 3D technology in action at the turf-turning today and it will be an added benefit during the building process. We look forward to working in north Norfolk and contributing towards the local community in Trunch.”

The event at Trunch marks the start of the Broadland Housing Group and North Norfolk District Council’s collaborative partnership to develop 106 new homes. Known as the mixed housing scheme, this initiative will deliver six sites on land provided by North Norfolk District Council, Broadland Housing Group and purchased from third parties.

Site photos: David Kirkham
Simulation pic: Ingleton Wood