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Buildings brought back to life, to help people build theirs.

08 February 2019

Buildings brought back to life, to help people build theirs.

We have started major renovation works to bring two derelict buildings back to life in Salford. The buildings, which have stood empty for several years, are being transformed into purpose-built homes to help local young people with additional needs live independently in a home of their own. 


One building is being remodelled and refurbished to provide four homes for young people with learning and physical disabilities. It will be wheelchair accessible throughout with wider doorways, turning circles, a lift and adapted bathrooms. Residents will also benefit from an adapted kitchen, shared sitting room, dining area and laundry. The latest assisted technology is being installed including voice activated room controls, self-cleaning appliances and fixtures, a video door entry system and robotic hoists. This will enable residents to live independently and reduce their reliance on the support of carers.


The other building will provide homes and support for young people leaving care. There will be five fully furnished rooms with a shared sitting room, kitchen, laundry and bathrooms. There will also be two self-contained apartments that will provide move-on accommodation. This type of accommodation allows residents to enjoy living independently with support if they need it. Residents will also benefit from fantastic shared facilities and on-site support to help them transition from living in care, to moving into a home of their own. 


Sasha Deepwell, Chief Executive of Irwell Valley Homes said: “It’s great to be bringing these buildings back into residential use. Demand for supported housing is growing. We are committed to providing more to help people enjoy life and realise their potential. This development will support young people to move into their first home of their own, a major milestone in anyone’s life, and we feel very privileged to play a part in this. Developments such as these are vital to ensuring people have the right support to live as they choose, fostering independence and a sense of pride. Research also shows that supported housing saves the public purse around £940 per resident, per year, by reducing the demand on health and social care services.”


We have worked closely with Salford City Council in the design and commissioning of these two special buildings. Councillor Tracy Kelly, Lead Member for Housing and Neighbourhoods at Salford City Council, said: “The modern homes are vital so that people with additional needs can live independently. It is fantastic news that building works have now started. When fully complete, they will make such a positive difference to peoples’ lives. We look forward to welcoming the first residents into their new homes.”


The development is part of our wider development programme which will see us build over 1000 new homes across Greater Manchester over the next four years.  We are investing over £1.3 million in this development of which £474,000 has been granted by Homes England, the Government’s Home Agency set up earlier this year as one of the key steps towards delivering homes the country needs.


Christine Hill, Senior Specialist, Home Ownership & Supply, at Homes England, said: “Homes England is committed to working with housing associations to deliver homes that meet people’s needs. It’s fantastic to know that funding from our Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme will help young people in Salford to enjoy a new sense of independence.”


The first phase of the work is being done by Wright Build and the development will be completed by July 2019.