Packaged Living, Galliard Homes, and Aviva Investors have officially broken ground at Grafton Way on the banks of the River Orwell in Ipswich town centre. The site – which has planning for over 163 single-family Build to Rent homes – was acquired earlier this year by Aviva Investors.
To mark the milestone, Councillor David Ellesmere, leader of Ipswich Borough Council, joined partners at the site for a ground-breaking ceremony.
“The ground-breaking represents a significant milestone in the construction of Grafton Way, which will provide high quality rental family homes with a range of amenities and green spaces for residents to enjoy.”Jonathon Ivory, Managing Director of Single-Family Housing, Packaged Living
Grafton Way is expected to deliver a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, which together will provide almost 160,000 sq ft of housing. The scheme will include thoughtfully designed public realm including gardens, outdoor amenity space, new pedestrian river-side pathways and cycle ways for residents – as well as onsite commercial spaces.
With a focus on environmental sustainability, Grafton Way’s designs prioritise green credentials. Homes will utilise air source heat pumps for heating needs, and each home will feature electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. Homes are also expected to achieve a minimum EPC rating of B.
“We understand the challenges faced by Ipswich Borough Council to deliver the new homes needed for the town and together with our partners we’re proud to be playing our part in helping the council achieve its goals. Grafton Way will raise the bar for housing on the waterfront. We’re delighted to be working with Packaged Living on this exemplar scheme.”Stephen Conway, Executive Chairman and CEO, Galliard Homes
Located opposite Ipswich train station, the Grafton Way neighbourhood will span 7.66 acres along the north bank of the River Orwell.
This highly sustainable community promises to create a landmark new neighbourhood in Ipswich, enhancing the surrounding environment and providing residents with affordable, well-designed new homes.
“Ipswich needs more homes to cater for the town’s growing population and it’s great to see Galliard Homes and Packaged Living answering the call.
“Grafton Way isn’t just another housing development; it’s a new neighbourhood that will regenerate and breathe life into the waterfront, delivering much needed homes for the people of Ipswich.”Councillor David Ellesmere, leader of Ipswich Borough Council