18th Dec 2013

Seddon to deliver £5m of housing improvements plus training opportunities in Salford

Social 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.

Residents will remain in their homes during the work with Seddon’s specialist resident liaison service ensuring that disruption is kept to a minimum.

The 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.”

In 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.

Seddon 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.

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