19 April 2018
ISG’s prestigious St Anne's Quarter development went back to its beginnings last Friday to celebrate its official topping out, or 'hopping' out, in style.
ISG joined its long-standing housing developer client, Orbit Homes, along with fellow project contractors and representatives from Norwich City Council, in a unique ceremony to mark the historic development reaching its highest point of construction, at its location in the heart of Norwich City Centre.
The topping out ceremony saw the traditional laying of concrete replaced with the pouring of locally brewed and specially named Redwell's St Anne's Quarter ale from the highest block, in celebration of the development's origins as a brewery.
Nathan McNamara, divisional director for ISG’s Engineering Services’ east of the UK business, said: "Today's topping out ceremony is not only an important milestone for the team delivering this fantastic project, but also an opportunity to celebrate a new chapter in Norwich's rich history."
“This prestigious development will transform an underused site into a modern, high-end residential quarter that embraces its historical beginnings and offers a new, prosperous community in the heart of this city.
"I would like to congratulate the project team for their hard work in helping us reach today's milestone at St Anne's Quarter."
Ian Fieldhouse, regional director for the east at Orbit said: “Our King Street location was home to many famous breweries for over 400 years, so it was perfect to have the support of local brewers to carry out the traditional ceremony."
Work on the site began in 2015 with a detailed archaeological excavation, which discovered historical pottery and coins from a medieval St Augustine friary, and the remnants of a timber jetty thought to have been used to bring Norman stone into Norwich for the construction of the city's Castle and Cathedral.
Keen for the development to reflect its intriguing past, Orbit is restoring the neighbouring historic Howard House, which belonged to the Duke of Norfolk in the 17th century, as part of the plans.
ISG was appointed in April 2017 to build the first of 437 new homes at the £80 million St Anne's Quarter development.
Largely consisting of studio, one and two-bedroom apartments and houses available for affordable and private rent, shared ownership and outright sale once complete, the £22 million contract will see ISG deliver 190 flats over two years.