Salix Homes

Hundreds of Salford families benefit from newly-refurbished homes

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

Work began in April to revamp almost 400 properties in Ordsall and Weaste, following the transfer of more than 8,300 homes from Salford Council to Salix Homes earlier this year.

The project marked 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 just added the finishing touches to 230 homes on the Tootal Estate in Weaste, while building specialist A Connolly has completed improvements to 166 homes in South Ordsall.

South Ordsall tenant and mum-of-six Jolene Knight has had a new kitchen fitted in her home and is thrilled with the work.

She said: “I absolutely love my new kitchen and it’s made a big difference for me and my family. I just love spending time in the kitchen, I practically live in there now.”

The second phase of improvement work has now begun, which will see essential improvements carried out to a further 250 homes at the Meadowgate estate in Seedley and the Gerald Road estate in Charlestown.

Mark Foster, head of investment at Salix Homes, said: “The first phase of our significant investment programme to social housing in Salford has now drawn to a close and we are incredibly proud of the fact that almost 400 families are now enjoying their new and improved homes.

“As we continue with our ambitious investment plans for our communities, we are confident that we can create a modern, sustainable and fit-for purpose homes of which we can all be proud.”

Over the next five years, Salix Homes 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: “It’s testament to the dedication and hard work of our site team, and that of Salix Homes, that the first phase of the work on the Tootal Estate has been successfully completed, on time and on budget.

“Replacing kitchens and bathrooms is quite disruptive for tenants, however, we are delighted to have achieved 100 per cent satisfaction and we are looking forward to replicating that success in phase two.”

Simon Harrison, managing director at A Connolly, added: “We’re delighted to have had such a positive impact on the refurbishment of homes on the South Ordsall estate. We will apply the same focus on quality, skills development and service levels for Gerald Road residents that has enabled us to add value and bring enhanced standards of living to the resident of Salix Homes.”

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Tenant Jolene Knight (front) is thrilled with the improvements to her home. Pictured from left: Salix Homes project officer Vicky Marsh, Mark Foster, head of investment at Salix Homes, Dave Hulme, site manager at A Connolly, and Carla Whitworth, tenant liaison officer at A Connolly.

 

Notes to Editors

Salix Homes is a multi-award winning social housing provider based in Salford, Greater Manchester. It began its journey in 2007 when it launched as an arms length management organisation (ALMO) operating on behalf of Salford City Council.

In 2014 tenants voted for Salix Homes to take over ownership of their homes from the council and in March 2015 Salix Homes officially moved away from the council and became a stand-alone Registered Provider (RP) – a move that has unlocked millions of pounds of investment and will create hundreds of new jobs and training opportunities in Salford.

Salix Homes owns and manages more than 8,300 homes across central Salford, Beechfarm in Swinton and Rainsough Brow, which comprises a real mix of properties including 17 high-rise tower blocks, plus a wide range of medium and low-rise apartment blocks, traditional terraced streets, large housing estates and communal living, sheltered accommodation complexes.

Between 2015 and 2020 Salix Homes is investing £75million in homes and communities across Salford to ensure that every property meets the Government’s Decent Homes standard by 2020.

For more information on Salix Homes, please contact Public Relations Officer, Hayley Collins on 0161 779 8820 or email hayley.collins@salixhomes.org