City West regenerate sheltered housing in Eccles
Published by Becki Ord for IPB Communications in Housing
City West customer Cath Read is pleased to be moving home to the new look Enfield sheltered scheme
A 1960’s sheltered housing block inSalfordhas been given a £3.8 million eco-makeover, transforming it into a haven for green-minded older people.
City West Housing Trust has turned itsEnfieldsheltered scheme in Barton into one of the greenest in theUK, with a range of energy-saving environmental features designed to slash heating bills and give over 55’s state of the art apartments in the heart of their community.
Following the granting of planning permission to build a new 66 home extra care scheme in Little Hulton earlier this month, City West also celebrated the regeneration of the first of its sheltered high-rise blocks which is set to offer older people 21st century, affordable homes with on-site community facilities and round-the-clock care.
The high-rise development of 58 one and two-bedroom warden-supported apartments now boasts the innovative EcoPod heating system, external thermal cladding to prevent heat loss, self-cleaning, energy efficient windows; new kitchens fitted with energy-saving appliances and bathrooms with level access showers.
A sophisticated building management system has also been installed to monitor energy use in each apartment, and alert the housing trust when ‘at risk’ tenants fail to adequately heat their homes.
Work on the sheltered scheme took ten months to complete, requiring customers to temporarily move to other sheltered schemes in the area. A special preview event on January 25 was an opportunity for tenants to inspect their new-look homes, ahead of moving back in from January 28. Ward councillors, the Deputy City Mayor and key stakeholders were also in attendance.
Cath Read, 75, has lived atEnfieldfor eight years and is a member of the Enfield Tenants’ Association.
“Everyone that has been involved has worked really hard to make this an amazing project. The builders have worked through all sorts of weather and the staff at City West have supported us all the way.
“I can’t wait to get home and meet up with my old friends and some new neighbours.”
The canal-side sheltered scheme is the second 1960s building to be given a new lease of life, as part of City West’s award-winning £14.3 millionBartonVillagedevelopment. A neighbouring tower block was given an eco-makeover in 2012, with a further two tower blocks set to receive the same treatment by the end of 2014.
Dorothy Orton, 86, moved toEnfieldsix years ago from her home in Brookhouse. Dorothy, who served in the army during World War Two, says she can’t wait to move home.
“I’ve made some lovely friends atEnfieldover the years, so I’m definitely looking forward to getting home,” she said.
“When we moved out I was a little nervous but City West were great. They did everything and the removal men were fantastic.
“I can’t wait to see everyone and the new homes. I’ve already had a look at the work that City West did at Engels last year and they’ve done a beautiful job so I’m sure ours will be just as good.”
Colette McKune, Deputy Chief Executive from City West Housing Trust, said: “It was a fantastic experience to take our customers around their new homes, and see their astonished reactions. The sheltered scheme now offers a vastly improved quality of life, with lovely, modern apartments and low heating bills.
“In the past, some of the elderly residents living in this block simply couldn’t afford to heat their apartments adequately, placing them at risk. Thanks to the technology now in place, we estimate fuel bills will be reduced by up to 46%, providing affordable warmth to all.
“The regeneration ofEnfieldis part of our wider investment to improve accommodation for the over 55’s acrossSalford. This builds on the continuing refurbishment of our 15 sheltered schemes and our plans for an extra care facility in Little Hulton which will start on site by April. We’re proud to offer easy to manage and secure homes, with modern community facilities and peace of mind for our customers.”