Ely development reaches its highest point

Sanctuary Group has marked the progress of its new housing development in Lynn Road in Ely with a ‘topping out’ ceremony, celebrating that the highest point of the build has now been reached.

The leading housing and care provider started construction at The Gardens in Lynn Road in the summer of last year, a £2.25 million affordable housing scheme part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

The 19 new homes are being built by Sanctuary’s contractor Youngs Homes and will include eight one bedroom apartments and five two-bedroom houses for affordable rent, as well as six family houses for shared ownership.

The development in Lynn Road was included in a tour of new properties by a group of local councillors last autumn and following their interest in the scheme, Sanctuary invited them back to join in the topping out celebrations.

Representatives from East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) and the HCA joined Sanctuary Group and Young Homes at the ceremony, with the Mayor of Ely, Councillor Lis Every, invited to pour a bottle of locally brewed beer over the roof top to toast the highest point of the build having been reached.

Mark Osborne, Sanctuary’s Project Manager, said:

“Thanks to the hard work of our contractors Youngs Homes, this scheme is progressing well and is due to be completed on schedule in the summer.

“It’s traditional in the construction industry to mark reaching the highest point of the build – here, the roof of a one-bedroom apartment at the Lynn Road site. We feel this is a project worth celebrating as it will provide a mix of high quality homes for affordable rent and shared ownership as well as additional benefits in the local area in terms of employment and training opportunities and community projects.”

Oliver Cook, Housing Development and Enabling Officer at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said:

“It is great news that these homes will be made available to people and families who live and work in Ely. We’ve had great success in tackling homelessness over the past 12 months, but the only long-term answer is new permanent affordable housing and these 19 homes will make a valuable contribution in providing a settled home for those in need.”

Richard King from Youngs Homes added:

“We are thrilled to be working alongside Sanctuary Group in Ely to deliver this exciting new development for local families.”

Sanctuary and Youngs Home are currently helping with some landscaping work at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust near to the Lynn Road site, and further details on this will be issued shortly.

Sanctuary Group passed on its thanks to Liberty Belle, a new microbrewery located in Ely, for kindly supplying the beer used for the topping out ceremony.