£5 million investment in Salford homes
Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Housing and also in Communities
Cheshill Court is undergoing a facelift
Social housing tenants can look forward to warmer and more energy efficient homes thanks to a multi-million pound investment.
Salford-based housing provider Salix Homes is working alongside housing refurbishment specialist Seddon to overhaul 214 properties in Higher Broughton, Salford, to bring them up to the Government’s Decent Homes standard.
Tower blocks Oakhill Court, Cheshill Court and Ascot Court will all be refurbished as part of the £5 million home improvement project.
Improvement works at the high-storey blocks include external wall insulation and re-cladding which will completely transform the exterior of the buildings and make people’s homes more energy efficient. Some of the properties at Oakhill Court and Cheshill Court will also be rewired and fitted with new kitchens, bathrooms and windows.
Scaffolding is now going up and the improvement works will get underway this month.
Joe Willis, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: “This significant investment in Higher Broughton will bring a new lease of life to these high-rise properties and provide our customers with warm and comfortable homes fit for the 21st century.
“Salix Homes is committed to providing high quality accommodation for the people of Salford and we are confident that these improvement works will make a huge difference to residents' quality of life.”
In addition to modernising the homes, Seddon will create training and apprenticeship opportunities for local people. The company will take on nine new apprentices to work on the improvement scheme including two trainee plumbers, a bricklayer, two multi-skilled apprentices, two joiners and two apprentices who will train in external wall insulation.
John Lancaster, national operations manager at Seddon, said: “Our team is delighted to be working once again with Salix Homes to help transform homes for its tenants. The work we are doing makes a real difference to people’s lives. It is particularly pleasing that we are also able to offer valuable training opportunities for local people to build careers with us through the programme.”
Earlier this year Salix Homes was named by Salford Council as the chosen landlord to take ownership of the 8,500 council homes in Salford it currently manages in a proposed stock transfer.
This latest regeneration work forms part of a wider multi-million pound home improvement programme across Salford and Salix Homes is promising to invest a further £700 million over the next 30 years if the stock transfer goes ahead.
The Decent Homes improvement works at Higher Broughton are expected to be completed by summer 2014.