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.

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