£10 million River Haven development on the cards for town

A £10 million development of ‘statement’ apartments on the River Haven is on the cards for Boston.

The plans would see the old warehouse on Haven Wharf demolished to make way for 79 modern apartments - some with roof gardens.

We have got an excellent architect and we have been working on this since December.

Giles Crust, from the development team

The planning application has been lodged by local firm Hanseatic Developments Ltd - and promises to feature an architectural style to reflect the town’s heritage.

“It’s designed to blend in with Boston and make a statement at the same time,” said Giles Crust, from the development team.

“Everybody who comes into Boston on the A16 will see these new buildings and I think it’s a real chance to really do something for Boston,” Mr Crust added. “It’s an expensive job - we are looking in the region of £10 million. Boston won’t have seen anything like it.”

The plans are for two seven-storey triangular structures ‘mimicking the shape of ships’ bows’. They 
will be named ‘Hanseatic Towers’ - in recognition of the town’s historic link to the Hanseatic League, an international alliance of towns and traders.

“We have got an excellent architect and we have been working on this since December,” said Mr Crust. “I think it’s really exciting and something that hasn’t been done here before.”

Mr Crust said the existing building, currently used for storage, dates back to about 1900 - but is not listed.

He explained to try to renovate the current building into flats would not be ‘cost effective’.

If given the green-light, the new structures would be moved back from the edge of the river.

“The current one is right on the sea wall,” he explained. “That piece of sea wall hasn’t been repaired since the tidal surge because the building is on top of it. It is thought that during the flood the water came in the dock and went under the sea wall and undermined the foundations of the building. It’s cracked now and dangerous.”

The adjoining agricultural buildings he describes as ‘an eyesore’ - would also be brought down under the plans.