THE opening of a £3.2 million apartment building in Eccles, Salford, has marked 10 years of investment and regeneration in the heart of the town.
With the completion of this project, City West Housing Trust – part of the ForViva Group – has tallied up £127 million in the last decade.
This investment across Eccles has delivered 10 new housing developments worth close to £37 million completed since 2008, creating more than 400 “affordable” homes, the organisation says.
Other investment has included a complete renovation of 12 high rise blocks and bringing thousands of properties up to decent homes standard by installing new bathrooms, kitchens and heating systems.
The latest development is the £3.2 million Narbonne House scheme on Corporation Road. The three-storey development includes 33 homes for “affordable” rent.
Built by Mangroves Estates Limited and designed by Grays Architecture, the scheme received £944,000 of funding from Homes England and consists of 18 one-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom apartments.
It was officially opened by a group of school pupils visiting from the town of Narbonne – which is twinned with Eccles.
“This is another proud day for ForViva as we complete our tenth housing development in Eccles in the past decade,” said Colette McKune, ForViva’s group deputy chief executive.
“Over the past 10 years we have injected £127 million into creating more than 400 much needed new homes and transformed thousands of properties that were in need of refurbishment.
“Building new homes is the best way we can tackle the ongoing housing crisis and create thriving communities. That’s why our work doesn’t stop here.
“We will continue to invest in Eccles and have more plans in the pipeline, including a £3.5 million development of 44 homes specifically for people at risk of homelessness.”
Over the next 18 months ForViva says it plans to develop four more schemes worth a total of £8 million across Salford. The organisation is also set to invest £5 million in improvements to its properties over the next three years.
Back row L-R: Amanda Dundas, Development Officer, ForViva; Byron Kirkley, Regional Manager, City West Housing Trust; Councillor Lancaster, Salford City Council; Chris Mather, Director of Development, ForViva; Martyn Hague, Director of Neighbourhoods, ForViva; Rebecca Whittle, Strategic Neighbourhood Lead, ForViva; Frederick, tutor from Lycee polyvalent Ernest Ferroul school in Narbonne
Front row: School pupils from Lycee polyvalent Ernest Ferroul school in Narbonne L-R: Gaetan; Manon; Lilann; Lyson; Florian; Elisa