Southway Housing Trust and builder and developer Seddon have begun the delivery of a £2.1 million scheme to regenerate the former site of the Ladybarn Social Club on Beverly Road.
The site, which has been left empty since the club moved to its current premises on the corner of Green and Rink Streets in 2013, is to be transformed into 18 one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom flats across three buildings.
All the homes are being developed for affordable rent, and are to be built to the Lifetime Homes standard, a set of 16 criteria to ensure high quality housing.
Patrick Ross, Head of Business Development at Southway Housing Trust, said: "The Ladybarn development is part of an expanding and ambitious programme of residential development across South Manchester and the surrounding areas. Southway owns and manages almost 6,000 homes in the area and is looking to grow and diversify that stock by developing schemes such as this, increasing the supply of quality homes in South Manchester through developing a range of tenures including flats and houses for affordable or market rental and sale.
"Working with Seddon, we are pleased to be providing 26 new affordable homes for rent in an area of shortage. Currently Southway are looking for more sites, properties and development opportunities across the area to enable us to deliver our programme.”
Work has already begun on regenerating the site, and building is expected to be completed by December 2016.
Seddon is also set to develop on-site car parking, landscaping, and drainage as part of the contract.
Duncan Williams, Regional Housing Director at Seddon, said: "Seddon has a strong track record in delivering quality new build and refurbishment projects for social housing providers, and we are proud to be working with Southway on this vital regeneration scheme.
"This project will offer much needed homes of the right size and at affordable rents in the Ladybarn area.”
Seddon’s latest social housing contract builds on a long heritage of quality work for the sector throughout the UK.
Across the past 12 months, the firm has delivered £40 million worth of contracts for housing associations in the North West and has been appointed to all major frameworks.
Seddon is working closely with Southway and its residents to identify community initiatives that will make a real difference to the area and leave a lasting legacy.
The firm is also currently contacting local schools to look at ways it can support them for the duration of the contract.