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Building begins at major St Anne’s Quarter development

The building of over 400 new homes has begun at St Anne’s Quarter, a major development that’s set to transform the Norwich riverfront into a high-quality residential-led quarter.

In a prime location just off King Street, the city centre development, by Orbit, will offer 437 new homes alongside first-class services for living, work and leisure.

With 22,000 square foot of commercial space and a central plaza on the riverfront included in the plans, St Anne’s Quarter is expected to bring long-term financial, environmental and social benefits to the heart of Norwich.

To mark the start of construction, Leader of Norwich City Council, Cllr Alan Waters, and Chair of Orbit, Baroness Tessa Blackstone, officially ‘broke the ground’ by pulling the trigger on a piling rig and drilling a large hole.

With the first 350 properties due for completion in 2019, St Anne’s Quarter will provide homes to meet need and aspiration. Offering 437 studio, one and two bedroom apartments and houses, the homes will be available for affordable and private rent, shared ownership and outright sale.

Initial works began last summer with an 18-week archaeological excavation. Having previously been occupied by a 14th century Augustinian friary, Orbit ensured that the site’s historical findings, including skeletons, pottery and coins, were carefully preserved and recorded.

Keen for the development to reflect its intriguing past, Orbit is also restoring the neighbouring historic Howard House. The now Grade II listed house first belonged to the Duke of Norfolk in the 17th century, and is one of Norwich’s oldest buildings.

Cllr Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “I’m delighted that Orbit has had the ambition to transform this long redundant site into a new mixed tenure community of over 400 homes, at the heart of this historic area that has long been a place of settlement. The vision to include the restoration of Howard House, linking the past with this exciting new development, is fantastic.”

Baroness Tessa Blackstone said: “This is a very important site for Orbit and the city of Norwich. It is our first site to provide homes for all four tenures, market sale, private rent, shared ownership and affordable rent, and will see the transformation of a site which has stood redundant for many years." She continued: 

“We will be providing high-quality homes in a city centre location to meet need and aspiration. It will create a new community at the heart of Norwich’s riverfront where people are proud to live and work.”

The first homes are due to be ready in autumn next year. To find out more or to register your interest, please click here

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