Heath Court housing development to be officially opened
A £1.2 million Havebury Housing development, built on the site of a former magistrates’ court in Thetford, will be officially opened by the leader of Breckland Council this week.
Cllr Michael Wassell will cut the ribbon at Heath Court in Bridge Street on Tuesday 20th October 2015.
The redevelopment saw the former court converted into 14 much-needed affordable homes in a joint project between Havebury and Breckland Council. The site had lain empty since 2011, when the magistrates’ court operation moved to Bury St Edmunds.
Designed by CAM Architects, the build was carried out by EN Suiter and Sons, with six one bedroom and eight two-bedroom flats created. The scheme was part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency and was named after the legacy of the former building.
Havebury’s Director of Operations Philip Sullivan said:
“We’re very much looking forward to the official opening of Heath Court. It was a tremendous effort between Havebury and Breckland Council to provide these 14 much-needed affordable homes.
Cllr Michael Wassell, Leader of Breckland Council, said:
“By bringing an old building back to life, we’ve not only helped to regenerate an important area of the town, we’ve also provided more affordable homes for Thetford people.”
“We already help around 500 families and individuals to move into appropriate housing each year, but it’s really important that we continue to work with partners, like Havebury, to offer a greater choice of homes while also meeting rising demand.”
The design of Heath Court includes many benefits for its tenants, such as external cladding. This has improved the energy efficiency of the building, leading to fuel savings for residents. Tenants also benefit from car parking at the site.