Pendleton Together hailed a shining example by National Housing Federation leader
25th June 2014
Pendleton Together hailed a “shining example” by National Housing Federation leader
A HOUSING supremo has given the £650 million regeneration of Pendleton his seal of approval on a visit to the scheme this week (Wednesday 25 June).
David Orr, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, has hailed Pendleton Together as a “shining example” and hopes others in the sector are “inspired by initiatives like this”.
Pendleton Together is being delivered by a three way consortium made up of social landlord Together Housing Group and building and regeneration specialist Keepmoat, who are working in partnership with Salford City Council.
During his visit Mr Orr met tenants Linda and Alison Kelly, who have moved into two of the 1,600 new energy efficient homes that are being built for affordable rent and sale. The mother and daughter, both Pendleton born and bred, have moved from their old and outdated flats in the clearance area to brand new homes.
The regeneration is also seeing 1,250 existing council homes improved and huge changes across the community including new parks, open spaces and a community farm.
Later Mr Orr visited the Pendleton Together show flat on the 20th floor of Spruce Court, one of the multi-storey tower blocks undergoing a complete internal and external makeover.
Here he met John Jordan, an apprentice plumber with Keepmoat and one of the 56 apprentices set to be appointed during the first year of the contract.
The regeneration of the area will result in the creation of 500 jobs, more than 2,000 work experience placements and job training for more than 3,200 people. Pendleton Together is committed to employing local people as well as using local suppliers and contractors.
Salford University’s Head of Industrial Partnerships Mike Taylor was also on hand to explain the ground breaking work the university is carrying out with Pendleton Together, which includes academic research projects and allowing the community to benefit from student innovation.
National Housing Federation chief executive, David Orr, said: “This development is a shining example of how building new homes and regenerating old ones can breathe new life into a place like Pendleton. It’s been a real pleasure to see how this area has been transformed and meet some of the local people who will reap the benefits for years to come.
“Housing associations like Together Housing are uniquely positioned to work closely with partners like local councils to deliver homes which are desperately needed across the country. I just hope other areas are inspired by initiatives like this and we can deliver more of the right homes in the right place at the right price.”
Steve Close, Chief Executive of Together Housing Group, said: “The regeneration of Pendleton supports many of the recent objectives of the National Housing Federation, in particular the ‘Yes to Homes’ campaign by increasing the number of new homes available for rent and sale in the area over the next few years.
“We are incredibly proud of what we are achieving in Pendleton and we’re delighted that we have been able to show Mr Orr what we are achieving and how we have developed such a strong partnership with Salford City Council and Keepmoat in order to transform a community.”
Councillor Gena Merrett, Salford City Council’s Assistant Mayor for Housing and the Environment, added: “Pendleton Together is demonstrating how regenerating a large number of homes that are here already and building new affordable homes has created new jobs, apprenticeships and opportunities for small business.”
Mike Taylor, Head of Industrial Partnerships at the University said: “Our intention is to enable Pendleton Together to embed academic evaluations, evidence based decisions and student innovation in to the core of this fantastic project. Our strong relationship with them enables us to genuinely learn and understand both the strategic issues and the day to day operational challenges.
“The project also enables our university to make a significant contribution towards improving the lives of local people in our community. We are motivated and driven to deliver real life solutions that have a positive impact.”