A milestone in the building of a new Colne housing development which will regenerate an eyesore site in Harwich is being marked.
The topping out ceremony for the 27 affordable homes, on the derelict Bernard’s Uniforms factory site in Main Road, takes place on Wednesday 14 September.
Representatives from Colne, their development partner Iceni, Tendring District Council and Rose Builders will gather on the roof for the tradition.
Colne’s chief executive Sara Thakkar said:
“This marks the half way point of the development and we are hoping residents will move in next Spring. There is a dire need for affordable homes in Essex and beyond; that is why Colne is building up to 700 new homes for local people over the next five years.”
The development will be called Bernard Mews following an appeal in the Harwich and Manningtree Standard for readers to put forward names.
The homes will be let at an affordable rent and priority will be given to those who have lived continuously in Tendring for the past three years.
Since the factory closed in 2007, the site has been vandalised and become an eyesore.