Pendleton's first tower block to undergo major refurbishment is named
10th December 2014
Key players in the refurbishment of Spruce Court gather to celebrate the naming of Spruce - the first tower block in Pendleton to be refurbished.
THE first tower block to undergo a major refurbishment is officially named as the high rise makeover that is transforming Pendleton’s iconic skyline gathers pace.
Key partners, who have been instrumental in driving the ambitious improvements forward, gathered this week to mark the name “Spruce” being hung on this major landmark in Salford.
Spruce resident and chair of the residents’ association Garry Cooperjoined Langworthy ward memberCouncillor Gina Reynolds, representatives of Keepmoat, the firm carrying out the refurbishments, and Pendleton Together, to put up the name of the first block to have refurbishment work.
The metre high letters will be attached to the tower block to symbolise the first stage of the refurbishments, which will see all nine blocks transformed into good quality, affordable apartments.
The blocks, originally built in the 1960s to create a high rise development of homes in the sky,are being given a complete overhaul both inside and out. They are being covered in an eye-catching externalthermal cladding, which will create a different and distinct look for each block.
As well as improving the aesthetics of the concrete tower blocks, the thermal cladding is energy efficient, keeping the cold air out and the warm air in. Not only will the cladding make the apartments much warmer and cut heating bills for tenants, it will give the tower blocks a modern new look.
Individual apartments have been refurbished with a new kitchen and bathroom fitted, new double glazed windows and doors, a new energy efficient boiler and heating system. New lifts and recycling facilities are also being added.
Work to Spruce started in early 2014 and all homes will be finished by June 2015, with all communal areas and landscaping completed by October 2015. This complex improvement programme to 178apartments over 22 floors has taken place while residents continue to live in their apartments.
Garry Cooper, Spruce resident for 11 years and chair of the residents’ association, said: “The refurbishment work has been a long time coming and the finished result will be fantastic. We’re nearly there and it will definitely be worth all of disruption, just look at the fancy new tower block I’m proud to call home.
“There is no doubt that refurbishing apartments the size of Spruce is going to take a lot of time, but the wait has been worth it.Look at what we have got now. Modern, stylish, warm and energy efficient homes that we can enjoy living in. We’ve never had it so good.”
Councillor Gina Reynolds said: “This work is totally transforming the skyline of Pendleton and breathing new life into the area.
“I’m particularly pleased that residents have had a real say in how their blocks should look and have chosen the colour of the cladding.
“Pendleton Together is providing high quality, energy efficient homes that will save residents money and they are going to have comfortable and cosy homes this winter.”
Community regeneration specialist Keepmoat has been carrying out the refurbishments, with a team of resident liaison officers supporting residents throughout the work.
Work is also ongoing on at Whitebeam Court, Hornbeam Court, Thorn Court and Malus Court, with work on a further four blocks due to start in 2015.
Paul Robinson, of Keepmoat, said: “We are delighted with the progress made to date. Spruce is a complex and challenging project, but the results are starting to show with the impressive thermal cladding being installed. We thank the residents for their patience and understanding during the work.”