Application for first homes at Alconbury Weald

13/07/2015

Hopkins Homes in partnership with Urban&Civic to create Ermine Village

Alconbury Weald has reached its next important milestone, with the signing up of its first housebuilder and an application to build the first 128 homes.

Hopkins Homes are working in partnership with site owners and developers Urban&Civic to develop the first residential area on site. The area will include just over 18 hectares of residential land, and lies among extensive landscaping which includes the planting of over 18,000 trees. The houses will also sit next to the first primary school, which will be opening in September 2016.

The development will establish the first residential community on the Alconbury Weald site and be called Ermine Village. The new village will in the end include over 1000 homes and the site’s first residential retail and community spaces.

Tim Leathes, Development Director for Urban&Civic, said:

“This is good progress and keeps our delivery on track for the first homes at Alconbury Weald. Most importantly, in Hopkins Homes, we have found a partner who shares our commitment to high quality design.

“I am also pleased that we have been able to work with a local housebuilder, who has a long term commitment to quality housing in the area and who is committed to supporting our jobs and skills targets through the construction process.”

Hopkins Homes is the largest independent house builder in East Anglia, providing much-needed new homes across Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. Simon Bryan, Development Director at Hopkins Homes, said:

“We are delighted to have been chosen as the house building partner by Urban&Civic to build for the first new houses at Alconbury Weald. The first phase will establish the gateway into the wider development.

“All Hopkins Homes developments are founded on a commitment to excellent design and quality that reflects the tradition and character of each community.

“Our plans comprise 128 high quality new homes in suitable mix of sizes and styles – ranging from two to five bedroom properties.

“The vision for Ermine Village is to create a sustainable community that will benefit new residents and the existing local community. We look forward to making this vision become a reality and begin the development of Alconbury Weald.”

In addition to building much-needed new homes, Hopkins Homes also creates, supports and sustains many hundreds of jobs locally and regionally, both directly and indirectly, through the design and construction of the homes as well as the materials supply chains and local service providers. This will become part of Alconbury Weald’s National Skills Academy for Construction with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Local contractor J Breheny is nearing completion  the first phase on the work to put in place the infrastructure needed for the homes – including roads, power, water systems and digital connections. The next stage will be to punch through the security fencing that runs around the site and open up a new residential access which will serve the first homes, before the Southern Gateway is put in place for the wider development.

This new entrance to Ermine Village, off Ermine Street, will be opened up in July initially but not open for use until construction is completed, which is scheduled for early Summer 2016.