Hall family celebrate dream home for Colby thanks to City West Works
Published by Bobbie H for City West Housing Trust in Housing and also in Communities, Health
Colby (right) is overjoyed at his home’s major makeover that will allow him to live more comfortably
A family from West Salford says their lives have been transformed after City West Works carried out a major makeover at their home to allow their 12-year-old son Colby to live more comfortably.
Melanie and Philip Hall, who live at Seddon Street, Walkden, worked closely with staff at the housing maintenance business to completely redesign the property to meet the needs of Colby, who has autism and severe learning difficulties, and uses a wheelchair to get around his home.
The new-look home includes a downstairs bedroom, wet room and a new kitchen and dining room. Ramps for easy access were also installed at the front and rear of the property with new fencing, drains fitted and the garden landscaped.
The adaptations were completed by City West Works on behalf of housing association City West Housing Trust and marks the first new build extension completed by the newly established and award-winning maintenance and development firm.
Mum Melanie said: “We are overwhelmed by the transformation that City West Works has made.
“We loved our house, but sometimes we found it difficult with Colby’s condition. To be able to work alongside the team at City West Works to make design suggestions that we know will improve Colby’s quality of life has made amazing. The downstairs bedroom is going to makes a massive difference to us as a family. This really is our dream home now.
“Along with the building work, we’ve been treated to new central heating, carpets and fire doors, plus our walls have been re-plastered and our home has been newly decorated. It feels like a brand new home.”
City West Works was set up in 2013 as a subsidiary of City West Housing Trust, and carries out repairs and maintenance work on the housing association’s 14,600 properties.
City West Housing Trust is investing £1.7 million a year adapting its housing stock to meet the long-term needs of customers.
Since the creation of City West Works, the waiting list for major adaptions at City West Housing Trust has reduced from 500 to 20, with a further reduction in waiting times from 18 months to 46 days on average.
Barry Brussels, Managing Director at City West Works, said: “It’s great to see the Halls’ enjoying their new home and Colby now being able to live in a property that is suitable for his needs.
“Our adaptation service will install 300 wet rooms and complete 600 minor adaptations every year, helping to support people in their own homes.
“All of us at City West Works are looking forward to transforming many more homes for the better throughout 2014, and improving lives across West Salford.”