Salix begins £7m tower block transformation

Seddon Construction has started on site with the £7m redevelopment of three tower blocks in Salford.

Social housing provider Salix Homes is behind the plans to refurbish 281 properties across the three 17-storey tower blocks: Mulberry, Magnolia and Sycamore Court in the Pendleton regeneration area.

The flats will be fitted with new kitchens, bathrooms, windows, doors and energy efficient heating systems.

Externally, the greying blocks will undergo a facelift and will be completely rendered, cladded and painted in colours chosen by the residents.

The improvement work is part of a wider £22m investment project by Salix Homes following the transfer of ownership of 8,500 homes across central Salford from the council to Salix Homes.

The official transfer took place in March and over the next two years, 2,200 homes across the city will undergo major improvements.

The housing provider will now be working with the local community and partners to decide on the colour scheme for each of the three blocks and the project is expected to be completed in spring 2017.

Mark Foster, head of investment at Salix Homes, said: "This significant investment at Mulberry, Magnolia and Sycamore Court is the flagship scheme in the ambitious improvement programme of our homes and communities across Salford.

"These three blocks are in desperate need of investment, but not only will our proposals benefit the residents who live here, these high rise buildings form an iconic part of the Salford skyline and this major improvement work will ensure they stand proud for generations to come and compliment the wider regeneration of Pendleton."

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