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Tower blocks get £6.6million revamp

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Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Housing and also in Communities

Riverbank and Newbank Towers are undergoing a £6.6million investment Riverbank and Newbank Towers are undergoing a £6.6million investment

Two ageing Salford tower blocks are undergoing a dramatic transformation as part of a multi-million pound development programme.

Social housing provider Salix Homes, which manages 8,500 homes across Central Salford, is investing £6.6million to overhaul Riverbank and Newbank Towers in Greengate, Salford.

Salford-based Salix Homes is working alongside contractor Emanuel Whittaker to improve 182 properties within the two 16-storey high rise blocks and bring them up to the Government’s Decent Homes standard.

The improvement work includes new kitchens, bathrooms, rewiring, new windows and doors and a new roof. Externally the blocks will be rendered and re-clad in striking shades of red, gold and green, completely transforming the 1960s high rise buildings.

Residents can also look forward to warmer and more energy efficient homes as the blocks will be fitted with a state-of-the art energy efficient heating system and external wall insulation.

Last year Salix Homes was named by Salford Council as the chosen landlord to take ownership of the council homes in Salford it currently manages in a proposed stock transfer.

Joe Willis, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: “This investment project will give a new lease of life to these 1960s tower blocks transforming the properties into desirable, modern homes which are comfortable and economical to run. This investment will make an enormous difference to our tenants' quality of life and lift the appearance of the whole area.

“Salix Homes is passionate about providing the people of Salford with the high quality homes they deserve and we want to be able to improve all the homes we manage to not only the Decent Homes Standard, but to our Salix Standard. However, this will only be possible if the stock transfer goes ahead, so I’d urge all our tenants to make sure they use their vote.”

A ballot is expected to take place later this year when all Salix Homes’ tenants will have the chance to vote for transfer. If tenants vote in favour of transfer, Salix Homes has promised to invest a further £700 million in homes and communities in Salford over the next 30 years.

The improvement works at Riverbank and Newbank Towers are now underway and are expected to be complete by the end of the year.

John Gallagher, contracts manager at Emanuel Whittaker, said: “We have worked with Salix Homes as part of the Procure Plus Framework on the transformation of several of its tower blocks and we are delighted to be working with them again on these two projects. 

“This work not only provides a more pleasing external aesthetic, but most importantly provides residents with modern homes which, if past experience is anything to go by, they will really appreciate.”

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