WORK has started on a multi-million redevelopment project expected to provide over 100 “affordable” homes in Salford.
Housing association Salix Homes has appointed Willmott Dixon Partnership Homes to deliver the £22.5 million Canon Green Campus development, situated on Canon Green Drive in the Trinity area.
The project will see 1960s tower block Canon Green Court completely transformed and modernised, along with neighbouring apartment block Westminster House, which will undergo an external facelift.
A brand new 11-storey apartment block is being built within the grounds of the expansive site, consisting of 108 one- and two-bedroom affordable apartments, which the housing association will be offering under the Rent to Buy scheme.
Contractors are now on site with both the refurbishment and the new-build construction set to run concurrently over the next two years.
“The start of work on our Canon Green Campus development marks a pivotal moment for Salix Homes and for Salford, and we look forward to seeing work progress on site over the next two years,” said Lee Sugden, Salix Homes’ chief executive.
“This is the largest affordable housing development in the area and we are confident that this ambitious scheme will make a valuable contribution to delivering the high quality, affordable homes that Salford desperately needs.
“Canon Green Court is an iconic building on the city’s skyline, but it has suffered from lack of investment over the years. We are proud that we can now deliver on our promise to the existing residents to refurbish their homes and create modern apartments fit for the future.”
The refurbishment at Canon Green Court includes new kitchens, bathrooms, heating systems, sprinkler systems and exterior re-facing and insulation.
“With our track-record for creating new homes in Greater Manchester, we’re proud to be working alongside Salix Homes on what is a much-needed, exciting and transformational investment for the Salford community,” said Anthony Dillon, managing director of Willmott Dixon in the North.
“Together, we share a commitment to leaving a lasting legacy for existing and future residents who will continue to play a central role in shaping these plans.”
The multi-million pound development, which has been partially funded thanks to a £3.8 million grant from Homes England for the new block, is expected to be completed in spring 2021.
Main image: Pictured from left, Willmott Dixon pre-construction manager Ian Fletcher, Lee Sugden chief executive at Salix Homes, Sue Sutton, executive director of operations at Salix Homes, Anthony Dillon, managing director of Willmott Dixon in the North, and Simon Atkinson, operations manager at Willmott Dixon.