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AFL Architects designed the scheme. Credit: via VW Communications

Wigan Council picks Caddick for social housing

The contractor will deliver a 40-apartment development at the Railway Arches in Leigh, originally slated to be built by Crossfield Living.

Designed by AFL Architects, the affordable social housing scheme on Chapel Street will consist of 36 one-bedroom and 4 two-bedroom homes over four storeys.

The project was approved in September 2020, with Liverpool firm Crossfield Living originally lined up as contractor. Crossfield was wound up earlier this year.

On-site car and cycle parking bays, as well as electric vehicle charging points for residents, are also included.

Superstructure works, service infrastructure, roads and drainage, and landscaping are all part of the design and build contract.

Ian Threadgold, regional managing director at Caddick Construction, said: “We are using the team’s extensive experience to deliver this apartment development on behalf of Wigan Borough Council.

“The site is close to Leigh town centre and has lots of infrastructure challenges due to its former uses. It sits within the conservation area and is architecturally well-detailed, so it will be a striking building which stands proud in this area of Leigh.”

The site is close to the Spinning Gate shopping centre, and was formerly partly taken up by terraced housing that has since been demolished.

Dave Finch, project manager at the local authority, said: “We’re pleased to be working with Caddick Construction on the redevelopment of the Railway Arches site in Leigh. The apartments will be well-sited to provide good quality, affordable homes.

“They are within an easy walk of Leigh town centre and key public transport routes to Manchester and Wigan. They will provide a great solution for helping younger people access affordable housing close to jobs.”

The development is set to complete in spring 2024.

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