First new tenants for Canary Quay

This week Broadland proudly welcome the first tenants to Canary Quay.

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 an ambitious development by Broadland Housing Group which will eventually see 323 new homes created.

The
new homes will be a mix of social and intermediate rent and open market
properties.  All 60 new homes in Phase One
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.”

The
new homes are being built by RG Carter; the architects are Ingleton Wood and
the consulting engineers Rossi Long.

Case
Study: Andrew Parfitt

One of
the first tenants to receive their keys at Canary Quay was Andrew Parfitt –
whose new home overlooks two of his former workplaces. 

Retired
railwayman Andrew worked at the rail depot immediately adjacent to the new
development, before which he worked at the Colman’s works, just across the
river, and visible from the balcony of his sixth floor one-bedroom apartment.

Andrew,
who has lived in Norwich since his early 20s, had previously been living in
rented accommodation which was plagued by anti-social behaviour, and is
delighted with his new home.

“When
I first saw the flat I was amazed – it is so nice,” said Andrew.  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 is
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, and his one-bedroom fifth-floor apartment at Canary Quay is his
first home.

Having
grown up in Norwich, Brandon has been working in tree surgery with his
granddad, and is hoping to take his certificates and become a tree surgeon
himself.

“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,” said Brandon.

“It
has got everything.  Being in the city I
can walk everywhere, or get the bus easily, and everything like shops are close
by.  And I really love the football,
which is next door.”