£11m Tower Transformation Complete

Feb 10, 2015

Pictured from left: Mark Foster

Pictured from left: Mark Foster, Head of Property Services at Salix Homes; Paul Brodie, Secretary, Greengate Housing Co-operative; John Gallagher, Contracts Director at Emanuel Whittaker and John Woolley, Site Manager at Emanuel Whittaker

Emanuel Whittaker have now completed the £11m scheme to upgrade five ageing Salford tower blocks..

Emanuel Whittaker carried out the four-year project to redevelop the high rise blocks in the heart of the city on behalf of  social housing provider Salix Home

Emanuel Whittaker have now completed an £11m scheme to regenerate five neighbouring tower blocks in the Greengate area of Salford.

Emanuel Whittaker carried out the three-year project to redevelop the high rise blocks in the heart of the city on behalf of  social housing provider Salix Homes, as part of the Procure Plus Installers Framework.

A dramatic transformation of Greyfriar Court and Riverbank and Newbank Towers has just finished, completing the final piece in the jigsaw of the tower block transformation.

Last year, work was completed at White Friar Court, and in summer 2013 the finishing touches were made to Blackfriar Court, completely transforming the blocks, which were all built during the 1960s.

In total, 447 flats have been completely refurbished and fitted with new kitchens, bathrooms, doors, windows and heating systems.

The recent completion of £6.6 million worth of improvements at Riverbank and Newbank Towers has seen the two 16-storey blocks undergo a dramatic facelift. Both buildings have been fully rendered, cladded and painted in striking colours chosen by the residents.

Mark Foster, head of property services at Salix Homes, said: “This significant investment in the Greengate area of Salford has totally transformed these five landmark buildings into vibrant, modern homes fit for the 21st century.

“Salix Homes is committed to making a difference to our tenants’ homes, lives and communities and this regeneration project is testament to that.  These blocks form an iconic part of the Salford skyline and now they can stand proud for generations to come.

“This significant investment provides a bold statement of our aspiration to make a difference to not only our tenants’ lives, but to the city of Salford, and thanks to residents voting to transfer their homes from the council to us, we can ensure all our tenants have modern, energy efficient homes, like these fantastic properties in Greengate.”

Emanuel Whittaker Contracts Director, John Gallagher is justifiably proud of the project, and the high praise that residents have given the site teams that delivered the works, “We are very proud to have played such a pivotal role in the regeneration of this area. Our teams have been working alongside Salix Homes tenants for several years and during that time we have developed some great relationships.

This investment by Salix Homes demonstrates how  the right resources can transform tired tower blocks into homes that residents can be proud of – inside and out.”

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