WAVENSMERE HOMES CELEBRATES TOPPING OUT CEREMONY AT LANDMARK NIGHTINGALE QUARTER
Wavensmere Homes celebrates reaching the highest point of construction on its first of eight apartment blocks, Strutt House, at Nightingale Quarter, Derby, by holding a topping out ceremony.
In attendance were the construction team at Wavensmere Homes alongside Managing Director James Dickens, Nick Spencer of BBS Capital, Grahame Whateley of Cedar Invest and Chief Executive of Derby Council, Paul Simpson.
Designed by architects Gould Singleton, Strutt House comprises of 140 one and two bedroom apartments that feature an open-plan living area and modern kitchen design.
Situated on the site of the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Nightingale Quarter offers 897 properties in a range of one, two and three-bedroom homes and apartments. Covering more than 18.5 acres, Nightingale Quarter is one of the largest city centre regeneration sites in the UK and contributes to the on-going regeneration of Derby city centre.
Nightingale Quarter has seen unprecedented sales success since its launch in 2019, selling over 500 units within 18 months.
Chief Executive of Derby City Council, Paul Simpson says: “I was delighted to attend the topping out ceremony at Strutt House at Nightingale Quarter, Derby last week. It’s incredible to see the dramatic changes taking place at Nightingale Quarter and how the skyline in Derby is evolving. The development brings much needed quality housing to the City Centre and we are excited to see how the rest of the development by Wavensmere Homes comes together.
This development is creating a brand-new community, close to the heart of the City Centre, which will help the city deliver its aspirations for increased city living, and additional footfall that in turn will generate greater vibrancy, supporting our retail, cultural and hospitality sectors, that have suffered as a result of two years of the COVID pandemic. This is exactly what the city needs and Wavensmere Homes have been a fantastic partner for the City Council to work with, in bringing their vision to life.”
Managing Director of Wavensmere Homes, James Dickens, says: “The sales success at Nightingale Quarter has ben incredible. We are delighted to be moving forward with the build programme in line with demand and ahead of schedule, despite all the challenges that were faced during the pandemic.”
The history of the development dates back to 1810 and in 1894, Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of the newly-built hospital that was redesigned by Dr William Ogle with the help of Florence Nightingale. The infirmary closed in 2009 and most of the buildings were demolished in spring 2015.
Wavensmere Homes has retained and are restoring the two iconic pepper pot buildings. Pepper Pot South currently serves as the Marketing Suite which will be later given back to the community as a residential gym. Pepper Pot North is currently undergoing restoration work and will be a café in the heart of the community.
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