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New homes near completion

Published18th June 2019

The Borough Council is building 15 two-bed houses, a one-bed flat and a bungalow on the site of a former gospel hall in Cauldwell Hall Road, with the construction work done by Needham Market-based firm Mixbrow Construction Ltd.

The Mayor of Ipswich, Jan Parry, joined Council Leader David Ellesmere and Neil MacDonald, Portfolio-holder for Housing and Health, at the topping out.

Councillor MacDonald said: “It is great to see how work has progressed and exciting to think that it won’t be long now before tenants will be able to move into their new homes. Developing small sites like this not only complements our larger council house-building programme, it also improves the local communities by replacing often derelict spaces with new homes for rent.

“We have an ambitious target to build affordable homes and the best way we can achieve that is by building them ourselves. We want to help people who cannot get on the property ladder, or afford private rents, to have a quality home of their own.”

Darren Webb, Managing Director of Mixbrow Construction, said: “The site has been very busy over recent months. We have had over 30 contracting businesses - most of them local - carrying out nearly every element of construction work from ground works, bricklaying and carpentry, to roofing, plumbing and electrics, plastering and hard and soft landscaping. Our relationship with Ipswich Borough Council goes back several years and we’re delighted to be on track to deliver this important scheme, which when completed later this year, will provide much-needed new council houses in the town.”