The latest £22.5m project for housing association Salix Homes will see ageing tower block Canon Green Court in Trinity completely transformed and modernised, along with neighbouring apartment block Westminster House, which will undergo an external facelift.
Working with the architect Corstorphine & Wright, the project will see Willmott Dixon transform the 1960s-era tower block with modern new kitchens, bathrooms, heating systems, sprinkler systems and exterior re-facing and insulation.
As part of the development, an 11-storey apartment block also will be built within the grounds of the expansive site, comprising of 108 one and two-bedroom flats, available under rent-to-buy.
Both the refurbishment and new-build projects will run concurrently over the next two years.
Lee Sugden, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: “The start of work on our Canon Green Campus development marks a pivotal moment for Salix Homes and for Salford, and we look forward to seeing work progress on site over the next two years.
“Canon Green Court is an iconic building on the city’s skyline, but it has suffered from lack of investment over the years. We are proud that we can now deliver on our promise to the existing residents to refurbish their homes and create modern apartments fit for the future.”
Willmott Dixon is currently on site building 147 houses and apartments on a nine acre site in Simonsway, Wythenshawe, as part of Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s largest development to date.
Anthony Dillon, managing director of Willmott Dixon in the North, said: “With our track-record for creating new homes in Manchester, we’re proud to be working alongside Salix Homes on what is a much-needed, exciting and transformational investment for the Salford community.