£22m housing improvement scheme gets underway

17 April, 2015

The first phase of major improvement work to thousands of homes across Salford has begun.

Work is now underway to revamp almost 400 properties in Ordsall and Weaste following the transfer of 8,500 homes from Salford Council to ourselves.

The work marks the start of an ambitious two year investment programme, which will see 2,200 homes undergo £22m of much needed improvements including new kitchens, bathrooms, windows and doors.

Contractor Emanuel Whittaker has started work on 230 properties on the Tootal Estate in Weaste, while building specialist A Connolly has begunwork on 166 homes in South Ordsall.

Mark Foster, head of investment at Salix Homes, said: “We promised our tenants that if we transferred we would be able to carry out the improvements to their homes that they so desperately need, so now we are delighted to be able to deliver on our promises and announce the start of our ambitious investment programme, so soon after transfer.

“This significant investment marks the beginning of our bold aspirations to transform and modernise homes and communities in this city, and welook forward to working alongside our partner contractors to ensure our tenants have the homes they deserve.

“Salix Homes shares a vision with our tenants to create a modern, sustainable and fit-for purpose housing service of which we can all be proudand thanks to tenants voting to transfer their homes to us that vision is now becoming a reality.”

Last month (March) the properties formally transferred from Salford Council to ourselves  after tenants voted in favour of the move.

Since Salix Homes’ inception in 2007, we have carried out improvements to thousands of homes across Salford, but cuts to funding meant it would not have been possible to improve all of our homes without the transfer. This latest investment scheme represents our first major work since the transfer.

Over the next five years, we will invest £75million in improving homes and communities across Salford to ensure that every property meets the Government’s Decent Homes standard by 2020.

John Gallagher, contracts director at Emanuel Whittaker, said: “We are very proud to be playing such a pivotal role in the regeneration of this area. Not only will this project improve the quality of life of residents who will benefit from modern, energy efficient homes, but it has also enabled us to create four new apprenticeship positions for local people.”

Simon Harrison, managing director at A Connolly Ltd, added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Salix Homes to deliver the planned investment programme improvements on the South Ordsall estate. On this particular scheme we will be working closely with Salix Homes teams to ensure we deliver an exceptional quality service which meets the needs of tenants and maximises our input and support within the local community.”

Work on the Tootal Estate and South Ordsall is expected to be completed this autumn, when the next phase of improvement work will begin.