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Residents celebrate sheltered scheme’s £1 million makeover

Lombardy CourtResidents are celebrating the £1million refurbishment of their sheltered housing scheme as part of the Pendleton Together regeneration project.

Built in the early 1970s, Lombardy Court on Whitebeam Close, Salford, has been given a major facelift including measures to make it more ‘age friendly’. It is the first block to be completed and handed back to residents as part of the £650 million transformation of Pendleton.

The refurbishment project, which was carried out by Pendleton Together’s partner, Keepmoat, has taken nine months and is now completed.

Each of the scheme’s 26 flats have been modernised with new kitchens and bathrooms installed. The scheme now has a new lift, community room and communal kitchen. It has also benefited from environmental improvements including extensive energy efficiency measures.

Keepmoat’s construction team worked with the University of Salford’s Institute of Dementia and residents to build in design changes which would make Lombardy Court’s facilities more suitable for those with the condition. These have included subtle changes to the colour scheme and amendments to the layout of rooms.

Local councillors, Salford MP Rebecca Long Bailey and other partners involved in Pendleton Together joined residents at Lombardy Court for a celebration event to mark its reopening.

Tom Miskell of Pendleton Together said: “Lombardy Court is another big ticket item for us as we continue the ongoing refurbishment and modernisation of housing in Pendleton. Over the next few years, working with Keepmoat, homes across this part of Salford are being brought up to the modern standards which people now rightly expect.

“We have fitted measures to make Lombardy Court more age friendly. Many of the changes are subtle, such as changing colours, but these will make a huge difference. Through working with the team at Salford University, we’ve developed a greater understanding about what improvements can help people live their lives better. Residents at Lombardy Court are not just benefiting from modernised homes, but also housing which is fit for the 21st Century.”

Rebecca Long Bailey MP said: “I’m hugely impressed with the refurbishment work which Pendleton Together has delivered at Lombardy Court. It’s given these homes a new lease of life and ensures they are better able to meet the needs of residents. I would like to thank the residents who have let us into their homes to see the work done. It was also good to see the personal touches residents have made to the scheme, such as the gardens.”

“Local people deserve high quality homes to live in which meet their health, care and wellbeing requirements - and Lombardy Court now does exactly that. It is yet further evidence of the ongoing transformation of this part of Salford being delivered by Pendleton Together.”

The refurbishment is the latest element of a major overhaul of council owned properties being delivered by Pendleton Together. Over the next four years £80m of work is being delivered with 1,270 properties set to be modernised.

Pendleton Together is also building 1,600 new homes in the area - and creating new parks, open spaces, sports pitches, and even a new city farm, in a bid to make the area a better place for people to live and work.

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