First spade in the ground at 127-home Salford development
Salford is to benefit from 127 new homes as an ambitious building project from Pendleton Together and national housebuilder Lovell Partnerships gets under way.
Pendleton Together, part of the Together Housing Group, is already leading regeneration and managing more than 1,000 properties on behalf of Salford City Council.
Now, Lovell Together, a joint venture between Lovell Partnerships and Together Housing Group, will deliver 127 two-, three- and four-bedroom mews and semi-detached modern, energy efficient properties, 17 of which will be affordable homes for social rent.
Work at the site, which is set to become one of the largest residential regeneration projects in Greater Manchester, got under way last week. This initial phase is part of a wider masterplan which benefits from outline planning for more than 1,000 homes.
Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, said: “It is fantastic news to see construction start on site as part of our long-term commitment to Pendleton.
“So far the regeneration has seen improvements to council homes in the area with 344 new family homes and apartments built. Of these, 35% are affordable homes for rent.”
He added: “The new parks and play areas built in the first phase will be added to with 15 new allotments for local people.
“The four wheelchair accessible units will help meet the need for more adapted and accessible new homes. The first phase also saw the creation of 197 new jobs and it is great to see our partners committing to local employment opportunities and apprenticeships in the same way.”
Lee Sale, regional managing director at Lovell Partnerships, said: “Starting on site is always an exciting milestone for us as it signifies the start of our journey delivering much needed homes in the North West.
“This scheme is fantastic as the homes will all be modern properties that are considerably more energy-efficient than current building regulation standards thanks to enhanced fabric thermal improvements.
“The development will also provide much needed affordable housing – with more than 20% of the affordable homes designed to wheelchair access requirements – and will rejuvenate the local area in line with the council’s vision.”
He said the development will benefit not only those who wish to rent or buy the properties, but also the wider Salford community: “Lovell Together will also be implementing a social value scheme to ensure we engage and give back to the local community.”
As well as high quality homes – many of which meet lifetime homes internal space standards – the scheme will also feature several innovative approaches such as a cycle street linking into wider Salford cycle routes, rain gardens – planted areas on the main street to help with natural drainage – and adjacent allotments for the community to enjoy.
Kevin Ruth, deputy chief executive of Together Housing Group, said that partnership working was helping housing associations to make a real impact: “Pendleton Together has always been about Together Housing Group, a major northern social landlord, working together with partners to help build not only homes but great places.
“This joint venture sees the council’s visions realised and demonstrates how housing associations can work across sectors to help address the housing needs of the region effectively.”
The Pendleton project will be delivered by the Lovell Together joint venture, which launched in 2020 and is set to deliver 3,000 new homes in the next five years.
The JV vehicle will create much needed quality developments, form new communities and meet housing delivery targets across not only the North West but also the East Midlands, Yorkshire, and Humberside.