Multi-million pound transformation of aging Salford tower blocks have been unveiled. The 3D drawings show how Mulberry, Magnolia and Sycamore Court in the heart of the Pendleton regeneration area will look after a £7m facelift.
Housing association Salix Homes is currently working alongside contractor Seddon to transform the high-rise buildings as part of a wider £22m investment in social housing across Salford over the next two years.
The first phase of improvements began on Magnolia Court in April and the three blocks are expected to be completed by spring 2017.
Mark Foster, head of investment at Salix Homes, said: “We have worked very closely with the local community and our partners to develop a design and colour scheme that will transform these aging tower blocks into modern, stylish homes that will vastly improve the quality of housing in the area and stand proud on the skyline for generations to come.
“We are confident that our final designs will complement the wider regeneration projects currently underway in Pendleton and help create a vibrant and desirable community where people are proud to live and work.”
As part of the improvement work, 281 properties across the three 17-storey tower blocks will be fitted with new kitchens, bathrooms, windows and doors.
Externally, the greying blocks are undergoing a dramatic facelift and will be completely rendered, cladded and painted in striking shades of green and grey chosen by the residents.
Duncan Williams, regional director for housing at Seddon, added: “We look forward to working with Salix Homes to revitalise these three tower blocks as the housing provider continues its £22m investment programme.
“The new-look towers will completely transform the homes of residents living in the blocks, with refreshed exteriors and pops of colour brightening the area.”
Following the transfer of 8,500 homes from Salford Council to Salix Homes earlier this year, the housing provider will carry out much-needed improvements to 2,200 homes in Salford over the next two years.