'Not long' before residents can move in to Suffolk housing scheme
PUBLISHED: 11:03 18 March 2019 | UPDATED: 13:19 18 March 2019
A £4m affordable housing scheme in Bury St Edmunds is close to completion.
The 36 home development for Havebury Housing Partnership at Tayfen Road has reached a key stage, with 20 to 30 workers carrying out nearly every element of construction work, including groundworks, bricklaying, first fix carpentry and roofing on the new build, as well as various works to convert existing buildings into apartments.
Senior project manager at Havebury, Elliott Bragg, visited the site to review progress.
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He was shown around by managing director Darren Webb and site manager Simon Metcalfe from Mixbrow Construction, the main contractor.
The scheme will provide 36 one-bed and two-bed apartments – 28 as shared ownership and eight as affordable rent.
The development, which is being part funded by Homes England, sits behind The Beerhouse on land connecting Tayfen Road and Station Hill.
Elliott Bragg said: “It is great to see how work has advanced over the past few months and exciting to think that it won’t be long now before residents will be able to move into their new homes.
“The plan has been well thought through and has made the most of the space available by converting the two older buildings that housed The Old Maltings and Lucky Break Snooker Hall, and constructing a new building spread over three and four storeys, with a stepped design to reflect the contours of the land.”
Two Bury St Edmunds businesses are also involved in the scheme. Rees Pryer, based on Kempson Way, is the architect and Morrish & Partners in Whiting Street are the civil engineering and structural designers.
When completed in the summer, the flats will sit round a central community garden with pedestrian access from Station Hill and Tayfen Road. Vehicle access will be from Station Hill only. There will be parking for 18 vehicles and each home will have two cycle spaces.
The shared ownership properties will be available to buy on the open market, potential purchasers will be able to register their interest through Bychoice Estate Agents.