First brick laid at Sunningdale

07 May 2014

Laying the first brick at SunningdaleThe first brick has been laid for the new homes at Sunningdale in Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire, following extensive groundwork preparations at what is the largest regeneration project in the East Midlands.

Construction now starts on the first 18 of a total of 180 new homes to be built at the 30 acre site. Of these, 120 will be affordable homes for Waterloo Housing Group, including 24 for shared ownership. There are also plans for a restaurant, care home and Tesco supermarket at the Golf Road site.

Waterloo Housing Group board member and resident Brenda Cousner was asked by the site’s developer Lindum to perform the ‘brick laying’ at an event attended by representatives from all the organisations involved in the project.

This included Tesco, Lincolnshire County Council, East Lindsey District Council and Mablethorpe & Sutton Town Council, along with the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the Homes and Communities Agency, Golf Road Development Liaison Group and members of the construction project team.

Anthony Riley, Director of Development and Operations at Waterloo, said: “We are delighted that construction has now started on the new homes. We have worked with Lindum for almost three years and ‘a big thank you’ should be made to the site staff on their work in preparing the site.

"Mention must also be made of the significant financial contribution made by East Lindsey District Council and the Homes and Communities Agency. These organisations have provided £2.3m to help fund the £10.2m costs of the residential part of the scheme.”

The photo shows from left: Waterloo board member Brenda Cousner; Sandhya Ward from the Homes and Communities Agency; Lindum Construction site manager Malcolm Cousins and Cllr Pauline Watson from East Lindsey District Council.

Here's what other business partners had to say at the start on site event.

Simon Gregory, Managing Director for Lindum Construction: "After months of work and investment in getting the site prepared we are delighted to be actually starting the first build phase. This major regeneration project, amounting to a total investment in excess of £30 million, would not have come to fruition without the help and support from key partners so our thanks to all for making sure the plans are now to become a reality.

"We should also mention the local residents who have put up with the lorry movements. Hopefully our communications have kept people informed in advance to help minimise any disruption caused.”

Tesco spokesperson Mark Thomas: “We’re really pleased to be working with Lindum to deliver this major project. Our store will be a boost for the community, bringing hundreds of jobs and acting as a catalyst for regeneration. I’m delighted to see phase one getting underway. ”

Councillor Bernard Dobbs, Mayor for Mablethorpe and Sutton Town Council: “I would like to say how pleased we are that the major development has been secured on Golf Road. It is hoped that this substantial investment in Mablethorpe will provide a major boost for our local economy and act as a key catalyst in securing future growth and prosperity for the benefit of all those living, working and visiting the area.”