On Friday 7 May the topping out ceremony was held to celebrate progress at the Court Walk development. The site is on the former Magistrates’ Court in Kennedy Way, Yate, which is being redeveloped into 45 new affordable homes.

Phil Barnes, Associate Director at E G Carter & Co Ltd and Steve Trenwith, Land and Planning Director, Sovereign met to lay some ceremonial bricks and mark progress at the site, which is expected to house new residents in early 2022.

Sovereign Housing Association is investing around £8m into new community in Yate supported by over £2m grant funding from Homes England. Works will compromise of 45 new one, two and three-bedroom homes all available for social rent and nestled in the heart of Yate, South Gloucestershire.

Steve Trenwith, Land and Planning Director, Sovereign, said, ‘It’s been great to be able to celebrate our progress here today after such an unusual year, and we’re excited to breathe new life into Yate with these much-needed new homes. At Sovereign we believe in creating and investing in our communities for the long-term and we couldn’t be happier to see these new homes taking shape. We’re looking forward to seeing residents move into their new homes in the near future.’

Phil Barnes, Associate Director, E G Carter & Co Ltd said ‘We are delighted to be delivering another land-led development for Sovereign Housing Association, this new development will deliver 45 much needed affordable homes in Yate. We are looking forward to creating further training and employment opportunities and to seeing what a positive impact these homes will have on the local community.’

South Gloucestershire Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Housing, Councillor Ben Stokes, said: “I am delighted to see that these much needed new affordable houses are almost ready to become homes for new residents. This project is a great example of partnership working to make the best use of land that becomes available in our communities being put to the best use to strengthen them.”