A topping out ceremony was held on Thursday 7 February, at Moulsham Lodge, Chelmsford to mark construction work on the site reaching its highest point.
The ceremony was attended by Cllr Gagan Mohindra, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Cllr Dick Madden, Local Member for Moulsham, and Cllr Mark Springett, Chelmsford City Council Member for Moulsham, as well as representatives from DCH Construction, Essex Housing and Oxbury Chartered Surveyors.
Developed by Essex Housing, Essex County Council’s in-house developer, this vacant and heavily constrained site was the former home to a local community organisation – Moulsham Lodge Community Trust. As part of the scheme, a new facility was purchased nearby from Essex Police, securing the long term future of this important community group.
Planning was achieved in October 2017 for 26 units in three apartment blocks of private and specialist housing together with associated external works. Work on site commenced in January 2018 and practical completion of the scheme is forecast for October 2019.
Cllr Gagan Mohindra, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth said: “Today represents a real landmark in our drive to build the homes which the people of Essex need and deserve. Speeding up housing growth is vital to driving economic growth, but more importantly to ensure Essex is a great place to live, work and grow up, and so our residents are able to get a foot on the property ladder."
Over the last two years Essex Housing have progressed a number of successful developments working closely with partners across Local Government, Health, Police and Fire. The developments being progressed will provide 605 new homes and a significant pipeline of land with future potential exists.
In October 2018, Goldlay Square, the first major scheme developed by the team achieved practical completion and to date has sales agreed on 60% of the units, with 15 of these sales already completed. This exceptional scheme was shortlisted for the Inside Housing Development Award for the Best Development (under 70 units) and has been widely referenced in national publications.
Cllr Dick Madden, Local Member for Moulsham said: “I am delighted to see the transformation of this area into what will be an attractive and modern place to live, improving the outlook for the residents of Waltham Glen and surrounding areas.”