SIR Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, was guest of honour at the opening of a new rent to buy luxury apartment complex in Moss Side.
The Clockworks, developed by One Manchester, is a £14.2 million scheme featuring 105 two-bedroom apartments. The housing provider named it for the famous novel A Clockwork Orange by local writer Anthony Burgess, who died in 1993.
The official opening brought together Sir Richard with representatives from Homes England, local councillors, the director of residential growth at the city council, Kevin Lowry, and partners from Plumlife and Vistry.
“The Clockworks is a shining example of what can be achieved when organisations collaborate and the result is fantastic,” said Sir Richard.
“This development has brought a fantastic development to Moss Side and has left a legacy in the opportunities it has created for the community.
“It was a real pleasure to be asked to officially open The Clockworks and I’m sure the residents, and the wider community will get real benefit from this fantastic development.”
Nic Kershaw, chief executive at One Manchester, said: “The Clockworks is a shining example of One Manchester’s dedication to creating thriving and resilient places.
“Not only are these apartments, located just a few minutes outside the city centre, providing affordable homes for local people, but the construction project has supported local people into jobs and training and given local community projects the support they need. We’re extremely proud of what this partnership working has achieved.”
All homes on The Clockworks development will be available via Plumlife as a rent to buy product, giving people the chance to rent one at 80% of market rent for up to five years. In theory, this will enable them to save for a deposit to buy the apartment in the future.
Main Image: (Left to right) Councillor Mahadi Sharif Mahamed; Councillor Emily Rowles; Sir Richard Leese; Nic Kershaw, chief exec of One Manchester; Christine Hill, Homes England; and Judy Noah, head of development at One Manchester.