‘Spruced Up’ homes welcome first residents
Published by Robert.Davies for IPB Communications in Housing and also in Communities
Key to their future - Derek Wunderley welcomes first tenants Arlene and Tim to their new home
A £650 million project which will change the landscape of housing in Salford has welcomed its first new tenants.
Young couple Arlene Royle, 23, and Tim Pothecary, 21, moved in to their first home together in one of Pendleton’s iconic tower blocks, Spruce Court. They are the first tenants to move into a home since the regeneration project was launched.
Arlene said: “We’ve been on the council’s housing waiting list for nearly two years so when we were told we could move into our flat we were thrilled.
“I’ve lived in Salford all my life. I was born and grew up in Langworthy and remember the regeneration that was done there about 10 years ago. It made such a difference to the area and made local people feel so much more positive about where they lived. I can’t wait to see the same thing happen in Pendleton – it’s a really exciting time to live here.
“We’d been living in a basic, private rented flat and because it didn’t belong to us we weren’t able to do much to it. We couldn’t decorate or do-up the kitchen or bathroom or even put up pictures. Now we’ve got a completely blank canvas and we can’t wait to get started.
“We were visited by the Pendleton Together team on the day we moved in to talk about our new kitchen which they’ll be fitting in January. We had all kinds of colours and materials to choose from, but in the end we went for some stylish black-gloss units with chrome fittings – it’s going to look like a proper professional kitchen!
“I can’t wait until it’s ready so I can start baking. Everyone has been really kind to us and we’ve already got friends I know from work a couple of floors above us, so I’m sure they’ll be coming round all the time.”
The Pendleton Together project, which aims to breathe new life into the Pendleton area of Salford, will see more than 1,600 new homes built and 1,250 existing homes refurbished. There will also be huge changes across the community including new parks, open spaces and even a community farm.
Derek Wunderley, Housing Manager for Pendleton Together, said: “The Pendleton Together project has been more than a decade in the making and it’s wonderful to finally be welcoming our first new customers.
“We’ve got huge plans for the area, and our existing housing, including Spruce Court, is going to see some major changes over the coming months and years. New kitchens and bathrooms are just the start of a multi-million pound facelift that the people of Pendleton need and deserve.”
The Pendleton Together project will also result in the creation of 500 jobs, more than 2,000 work experience placements and job training for more than 3,200 people.
The project is being delivered by Pendleton Together, a consortium which includes social landlord Together Housing Group and building and regeneration specialist Keepmoat. Pendleton Together will work in partnership with Salford City Council. Pendleton Together took over the management of around 1250 homes from Salix Homes when the project was launched.
For more information about Pendleton Together visit www.pendletontogether.co.uk
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