Home sweet home for Salford flood victim Barbara

Jun 2, 2016

Barbara_Miles floods kitchen Salix
A Salix Homes great grandmother who fell victim to the worst flooding in Salford for 70 years is now all smiles with her newly-refurbished home.

Barbara Miles lives in one of nearly 300 of the housing association’s properties affected by the Boxing Day floods – all of which are now going through a major programme of improvements and repairs.

The 79-year-old, of Lower Broughton, said the work that has been carried out – which includes a newly-fitted kitchen – has been done to ‘perfection’.

Salix Homes spent the first few months after the floods supporting tenants to rebuild their lives, drying properties out, and preparing homes for comprehensive flood refurbishment work.

Floods (Heath Avenue area)

Dehumidifiers were placed in properties to remove moisture and a financial support package was put in place to get residents’ homes and lives fully back to normal.

Once all dried out, the housing provider has been able to start its comprehensive programme of work.

Barbara is now back on her feet after her life was turned upside down during the festive period when the floods damaged her furniture, carpets, kitchen units and possessions.

The Heath Avenue resident said: “It was so upsetting. Everything was ruined.

“The water was about a foot deep and created a mud bath. Everything had gone in an instant.”

Three Greater Manchester contractors – Emanuel Whittaker, Seddon and A.Connolly Ltd – are carrying out the work, which includes new kitchens, skirting boards, vinyl floors, radiators and decorating where required.

Barbara added: “Salix Homes kept checking to see if I was alright. They started to strip the wallpaper, tiles and floors and then carried out repairs.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the work Salix Homes and Emanuel Whittaker have done and I’m delighted with my new kitchen.

“Everything has been done to perfection. All the staff that came to help, I could not fault them at all. They made a bad situation easier to live with.

“I want to thank everyone who has helped me and the community.”

Mark Foster, head of investment at Salix Homes, said: “All our residents affected by the floods have shown great resilience to get their lives back on track.

“We understand that this has been a long and tough journey for all of them and we’re working as quickly as we can to ensure the flood damaged homes are brought back to a good condition, like Barbara’s, and get everyone back on their feet.”

Hundreds of Salford families benefit from newly-refurbished homes

Nov 4, 2015

The first phase of major improvement work to thousands of homes across Salford has been completed.

Work began in April to revamp almost 400 properties in Ordsall and Weaste, following the transfer of more than 8,300 homes from Salford Council to Salix Homes earlier this year.

The project marked the start of an ambitious two year investment programme, which will see 2,200 homes undergo £22m of much needed improvements including new kitchens, bathrooms, windows and doors.

Emanuel Whittaker has just added the finishing touches to 230 homes on the Tootal Estate in Weaste, while building specialist A Connolly has completed improvements to 166 homes in South Ordsall.

South Ordsall tenant and mum-of-six Jolene Knight has had a new kitchen fitted in her home and is thrilled with the work.

South Ordsall - Tenant Jolene Knight

She said: “I absolutely love my new kitchen and it’s made a big difference for me and my family. I just love spending time in the kitchen, I practically live in there now.”

The second phase of improvement work has now begun, which will see essential improvements carried out to a further 250 homes at the Meadowgate estate in Seedley and the Gerald Road estate in Charlestown.

Mark Foster, head of investment at Salix Homes, said: “The first phase of our significant investment programme to social housing in Salford has now drawn to a close and we are incredibly proud of the fact that almost 400 families are now enjoying their new and improved homes.

“As we continue with our ambitious investment plans for our communities, we are confident that we can create a modern, sustainable and fit-for purpose homes of which we can all be proud.”

Over the next five years, Salix Homes will invest £75million in improving homes and communities across Salford to ensure that every property meets the Government’s Decent Homes standard by 2020.

John Gallagher, contracts director at Emanuel Whittaker said: “It’s testament to the dedication and hard work of our site team, and that of Salix Homes, that the first phase of the work on the Tootal Estate has been successfully completed, on time and on budget.

“Replacing kitchens and bathrooms is quite disruptive for tenants, however, we are delighted to have achieved 100 per cent satisfaction and we are looking forward to replicating that success in phase two.”

Simon Harrison, managing director at A Connolly, added: “We’re delighted to have had such a positive impact on the refurbishment of homes on the South Ordsall estate. We will apply the same focus on quality, skills development and service levels for Gerald Road residents that has enabled us to add value and bring enhanced standards of living to the resident of Salix Homes.”

Plans revealed for MediaCityUK gateway transformation

Sep 23, 2015

A new vision for the future of an ageing building near MediaCityUK in Greater Manchester has been revealed.

Ailsa House - now

Ailsa House – now


Ailsa House - artists impression

Ailsa House – artists impression

Salix Homes has unveiled artist’s impressions for a £300k makeover at Alisa House, which is located on Langworthy Road, a gateway into the 200-acre MediaCityUK development in Salford.

Emanuel Whittaker have been appointed to transform the 24-apartment block as part of a £22m Salford investment strategy over the course of the next two years.

Emanuel Whittaker’s contracts director, John Gallagher, said: “We are really excited to be helping to give Ailsa House a much-needed makeover.

“Not only will the residents be able to appreciate their new and improved homes, but externally everyone can enjoy the new look of this landmark building.“

The work on the building’s exterior will include new doors and windows, with the old balconies being replaced with balconies made of glass.

Salix Homes’ head of investment, Mark Foster, commented: “Ailsa House was built in the 1960s and is in desperate need of modernisation, so this development marks a major milestone in our £22m investment programme to homes and communities across the city, which will greatly improve the quality of life of our tenants.

“The apartment block sits on a key route into MediaCity, so we are very proud to be able to deliver these essential improvements which will complement the wider regeneration in Salford.“

If planning consent is granted, the project is expected to start in November and be complete by Summer 2016.

Emanuel Whittaker secures share of Salix Homes multi-million pound investment plan

Feb 19, 2015

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Pictured left to right: Mark Foster, head of property services at Salix Homes; Simon Harrison, managing director at A.Connolly; John Gallagher, contracts director at Emanuel Whittaker; Simon Stott, contracts manager at Seddon and Mike Brogan, CEO of Procure Plus.

Emanuel Whittaker have been awarded a share of a multi-million pound contract to transform social housing in Salford.

Salix Homes, which manages 8,500 homes across central Salford, has announced its three principal contractors to deliver its £22m investment programme over the next two years

Greater Manchester-based firms Emanuel Whittaker, Seddon and A.Connolly Ltd, have been named as the three main contractors to lead the ambitious improvement programme to 2,200 homes across the city.

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

All three firms have been handed an equal share of the contract with Emanuel Whittaker named as the main contractor for the ambitious revamp at Canon Green Court in Broughton, which will undergo a £2.9m makeover; while A.Connolly Ltd, based in Wigan, will lead the improvements on more than 300 homes on the South Ordsall Estate and the Gerald Road Estate in Charlestown, and  Seddon, which has offices based in Bolton, taking the lead on the £7m transformation of ageing tower block trio Mulberry, Magnolia and Sycamore Court on Pendleton’s Broadwalk Estate.

The two-year investment programme is the first phase of a £75million project over the next five years made possible thanks to tenants voting to transfer ownership of their homes from Salford City Council to Salix Homes.

Lee Sugden, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: “We are pleased to announce the appointment of our three principal contractors to work alongside Salix Homes to deliver our significant investment plans for Salford.

“We have worked very closely with our tenants throughout the procurement process. Our chosen contractors all have an excellent track record and consistently high levels of customer satisfaction, so we are confident they will help us deliver on our promise to create the homes and communities that the people of this great city deserve.

“It is a priority for Salix Homes that every contract should have a wider, positive impact on the community, which is why for every £1m invested; our contractors will guarantee to create two apprenticeships for local people.”

The improvement scheme is the continuation of a major programme to improve all 8,500 homes currently managed by Salix Homes and bring every property up to the Government’s Decent Homes standard by 2020.

John Gallaher, Emanuel Whittaker contracts director, added:  “We have enjoyed a long and mutually rewarding relationship with Salix Homes and so we are particularly pleased to be working together again in the future.  This contract also secures employment and training opportunities for our teams in Salford.”

The transfer of homes from the council to Salix Homes is expected the take place at the end of March, and the first phase of improvement work will begin in spring.

£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.”