housing provider Salix Homes has selected housing refurbishment specialist
Seddon to carry out a £5 million housing improvement programme for 214 homes in
Higher Broughton, Salford. The work will transform homes at Oakhill Court, Cheshill
Court and Ascot Court making them warmer and more energy-efficient.
Tower blocks Oakhill Court, Cheshill Court and Ascot
Court will all be refurbished through the 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.
will remain in their homes during the work with Seddon’s specialist resident
liaison service ensuring that disruption is kept to a minimum.
improvement work is expected to be completed by summer 2014.
Joe Willis, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: "This
significant investment in Higher Broughton will bring a new lease of life to
these 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.”
addition to modernising homes, Seddon will create training opportunities
locally through the scheme. The company will take on nine new apprentices to
work on the Salix Homes’ programme including opportunities for two trainee
plumbers, a bricklayer, two multi-skilled apprentices, two joiners and two
apprentices who will train in external wall insulation.
national operations manager John Lancaster says: "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.