A traditional topping-out ceremony has marked the construction of a £1.7 million project to build 16 new affordable homes in Ludham – the fulfilment of a promise made by Victory Housing Trust to replace ageing bedsit accommodation on the site.
John Archibald, chief executive of Victory Housing, Trust joined Ian Reeve from constructor EN Suiter on the roof, to pour the traditional pint of beer over the building, on School Close in the village.
Six one-bed bungalows, four one-bed flats, five two-bed houses, and a two-bed wheelchair-accessible bungalow are being built on the site, following the demolition of the former sheltered scheme, which was made up of 17 cramped and ageing bedsits, many of which had stood empty for months.
The topping out marks the beginning of the final fit-out phase of the development, which will be handed over inthe new year.
John Archibald commented, “We are really pleased to see this significant new development near completion. We recognise that the need for affordable housing in villages like Ludham is every bit as pressing as it is in our market towns, and the fact that we have invested £1.7 million here demonstrates our commitment to building new affordable homes wherever they are needed.
“Our investment means that we have been able to replace old and unsuitable bedsit accommodation – much of which was standing empty – with energy-efficient new homes which people will want to live in. Only by delivering such quality new affordable homes can we start to make inroads into the significant housing need in the north of Norfolk.”
The new homes at Ludham are among 193 currently being built by Victory.