Contractor Forrest appointed to complete a £9 million social housing refurbishment project for ForViva group member City West Housing Trust’s Charter building in Eccles.

Charter is the largest high rise residential block in Eccles and the seventh that Forrest has delivered as part of City West’s £54.3 million investment to improve 12 high rise towers in West Salford.

The project is due to complete in autumn 2016 and will include internal and external refurbishment work at the 20-storey development including wall insulation, window and door replacements, internal remodelling, new heating and upgrades to kitchens and bathrooms.

Lee McCarren, chief executive officer, at Forrest, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with City West, working together to continue improving the organisation’s social housing stock in and around Salford.

“The refurbishment will give this significant asset a new lease of life and make a dramatic impact to resident’s lives – through improvements to their own living spaces, communal areas and the overall energy efficiency of the building.”

The contract is one of five currently being delivered by Forrest so far this year. These have included planned improvement works, new build schemes as well as delivering solar pv panels across the housing association’s properties in Salford.

Nigel Sedman, Director of Investment and Regeneration at ForViva, said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Forrest to regenerate the final high rise block as part of our investment programme.  “We are passionate about providing high quality homes and the regeneration of our high rise blocks will enable us to create neighbourhoods where people are proud to live.”