Seven new homes built in a ‘first of its kind’ project between a housing association and college have been officially opened in Bury St Edmunds.
The town’s MP Jo Churchill cut the ribbon on the College Mews development, which has been named in honour of the partnership between Havebury Housing and West Suffolk College.
It is thought this is the first project of its kind in the countrySuzanne Newman
More than 180 students from the college worked with Havebury on every aspect of the design and build of the three houses and four flats, in Mitchell Avenue.
The work contributed to students’ qualifications and residents have moved into the homes.
Suzanne Newman, Havebury’s development manager, said: “It is thought this is the first project of its kind in the country, where a housing association has worked alongside a college in order to give practical construction training to students from inception to completion.”
Dr Nikos Savvas, college principal, added: “Lecturers used the scheme to teach students about project management as well as giving real life experience of working on a building site. Building contractors Cocksedge gave one student a full time apprenticeship as a result of the project.”
The development cost just under £900,000 and was part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency.