14 February 2017
ISG have been appointed by developer Orbit Homes to build the first of 437 new homes at its St Anne’s Quarter development in the Norwich city centre.
The £22million contract, which is set to begin in April, will see the delivery of 190 flats over the next two years.
With the first flats available for sale later this summer, when completed the St Anne’s Quarter development will offer 437 studio, one and two bedroom apartments and houses available for affordable and private rent, shared ownership and outright sale.
Work on the site, which previously stood redundant for many years, began in 2015 with a detailed archaeological excavation. Elements of Norwich’s medieval St Augustine friary were uncovered, including historical pottery and coins, as well as parts of a timber jetty that could have been used to bring Norman stone into Norwich for the construction of the city’s Castle and Cathedral.
Danny Blakeston, managing director of ISG’s Engineering Services business, commented: “This latest win is the continuation of our long-standing partnership with Orbit, transforming underused sites and delivering modern, high-quality mixed-tenure homes.”
Keen for the development to reflect its intriguing past, Orbit is restoring the neighbouring historic Howard House, which belonged to the Duke of Norfolk in the 17th century, as part of the plans.
The £80million St Anne’s Quarter development will also provide a central plaza for both residents and the public to relax in and enjoy views of the riverfront, whilst paying homage to Victoria Cross winner Clp Sydney Day VC, who was born off St Ann’s Lane in 1891.