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First home complete at Daedalus village

Wates residential has finished the first home at the Daedalus village development which is due to be constructed at twice the industry standard speed.

Wates Residential has finished the first home at the historic Daedalus Village development, which is being built at double the industry standard speed. The site is one of seven pilot schemes the government is funding to develop affordable homes that can be built quickly.

The village is at the former site of a seaplane base used during the First World War and later became a training centre for the Fleet Air Arm and a Second World War naval base. The site was acquired by Homes England after being decommissioned in 1996.

Construction Manager for Wates Residential Richard Manville said: “Since November, work has been progressing well on our Daedalus Village site and we are extremely proud that we are already able to lay the last roofing tile on the first home.”.

“The ‘topping out’ ceremony marks a significant step forward for the scheme and it was a pleasure to have been able to share this moment with veterans Mollie and Edward. My thanks go out to our project team and the local community for their ongoing commitment and support to the project, which will see 200 high-quality homes built in the next 18 months.”

Wates residential plan to preserve the military history of the area and have buried a time capsule to be opened in 2043. Local schoolchildren were invited to name the new roads and veterans of the former base were invited to the ‘topping out’ ceremony.

The finished site will include 120 private homes and 80 affordable homes managed by Radian. Developers are confident that the project will create job opportunities and support the local economy, providing lasting benefits for local people.

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