A 1960s sheltered housing block in Salford has been given a £3.8m eco-makeover by City West Housing Trust.
The trust has turned its Enfield sheltered scheme in Barton into one of the greenest in the UK, with a range of energy-saving environmental features designed to reduce heating costs and provide over 55's with modern apartments, on-site community facilities and round-the-clock care.
The high-rise development, consisting of 58 one and two-bedroom warden-supported apartments, now houses an EcoPod heating system, external thermal cladding to prevent heat loss, self-cleaning, energy efficient windows, new kitchens with energy-saving appliances and bathrooms with level access showers.
A building management system has also been installed to monitor energy use in each apartment, and alert the housing trust when at risk tenants fail to adequately heat their homes.
Work on the sheltered scheme took ten months to complete, requiring tenants to temporarily move to other sheltered schemes in the area. A preview event held on January 25 provided an opportunity for tenants to inspect their new-look homes ahead of moving back in from January 28.
Cath Read has lived at Enfield for eight years and is a member of the Enfield Tenants' Association. She said: "Everyone that has been involved has worked really hard to make this an amazing project. The builders have worked through all sorts of weather and the staff at City West have supported us all the way.
"I can't wait to get home and meet up with my old friends and some new neighbours."
The canal-side sheltered scheme is the second 1960s building to be given a new lease of life as part of City West's £14.3m Barton Village development. A neighbouring tower block was given an eco-makeover in 2012, with a further two tower blocks set to receive the same treatment by the end of 2014.
Colette McKune, deputy chief executive at City West Housing Trust, said: "In the past, some of the elderly residents living in this block simply couldn't afford to heat their apartments adequately, placing them at risk. Thanks to the technology now in place, we estimate fuel bills will be reduced by up to 46%, providing affordable warmth to all.
"The regeneration of Enfield is part of our wider investment to improve accommodation for the over 55's across Salford. This builds on the continuing refurbishment of our 15 sheltered schemes and our plans for an extra care facility in Little Hulton, which will start on site by April."