Ground set to be broken following the appointment of Derby-based groundworking company M. Lambe Construction.
A multi-million-pound deal has been struck between the Nightingale Quarter property developers and a civil engineer company just weeks before work starts on site.
Over 100 groundworkers and civil engineers are poised to start work on the city centre site following the deal between Wavensmere Homes and M. Lambe Construction this winter.
Michael Lambe, Director at M. Lambe Construction, said: “The Nightingale Quarter is a very exciting development for Derby, and we are excited at being appointed the groundworks and civil engineering partner by Wavensmere Homes.
“Although this is the first scheme secured with the developer, we have long-standing relationships built on trust with their management team, having successfully delivered several projects for them while working for previous clients. It’s always gratifying to secure new work based on reputation,” he said.
The new contract coincides with the imminent opening of a new regional office in Derby to support the companies’ expansion in the East Midlands.
“We’ve had for some time a large East Midlands-based site team to support our existing clients, but the opening of a permanent base in Derby is a clear signal of our long-term commitment to them. It also offers them the chance to receive the highest standard of quality and health and safety on their sites in the East Midlands that they have received for over 30-years in the West Midlands,” added Mr Lambe.
Wavensmere Homes Commercial Director Matt Brighton said it had been important that the company they chose was based in Derby and also had a great track record due to the size of the project.
“We have 800 homes that we will be delivering and building for families in Derby on a site which is of significant ant historical value to the area. So this deal is incredibly important to us and residents of this city. This has been a long time in the making and we cannot now wait to get started in creating the Nightingale Quarter,” he said.
It was revealed last month that the cost of homes starts for a two-bed property at £185,000 and for a three-bed property at £220,000. Help to Buy is also available for first-time buyers.
The 18-acre site will be a ‘green oasis’ for residents, including cycle routes, an open-air gym and fitness area, children’s play areas and planting throughout the site.
The infirmary’s iconic pepper pot buildings will be retained for community use, with residents having access to numerous facilities including a café, gym, exhibition space and meeting rooms.
Enquiries opened for the first wave release of the luxury 125 two and three-bedroom homes opened earlier this year, and already over 2,000 people have expressed an interest in them.