Salix Homes outlines £22m investment

Social housing provider Salix Homes has announced an improvement programme to 2,200 homes across Salford in the next two years.

The investment comes after tenants in Salford voted to transfer ownership of their homes from Salford Council to Salix Homes last November.

The transfer is expected the take place at the end of March, and the first phase of improvement work will begin in spring. Salix Homes will appoint specialist contractors to carry out the improvement programme later this month.

Three ageing tower blocks, Mulberry, Magnolia and Sycamore Court, on Pendleton's Broadwalk Estate, are among the communities earmarked for investment.

The towers will undergo a £7m refurbishment starting this spring, with 281 properties set to be modernised.

As part of the investment project, 166 properties on the South Ordsall Esate will also undergo refurbishment, while a further 230 properties on the Tootal Estate in Weaste will be overhauled.

Ailsa House, an apartment block in Langworthy Road near MediaCityUK, will also undergo a £300,000 modernisation.

Canon Green Court in Broughton will see a £2.9m makeover in 2016.

As part of the plan, 1,100 homes will get new kitchens, 600 will get new bathrooms, 850 will get new windows and 800 will get new doors.

Lee Sugden, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: "This significant level of investment would never have been possible if tenants had not voted to transfer their homes from Salford Council to Salix Homes, so now we owe it to our tenants to deliver on our promises and create the kind of homes and communities that the people of this city deserve.

"Against a back drop of budget cuts and austerity measures, Salix Homes is extremely proud to be at the heart of one of the biggest and boldest investment programmes for social housing in Salford, which will dramatically improve quality of life for all our tenants."

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