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Historic Salford Building Transformed After Standing Empty For 25 Years

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Published: 11/01/2018   Last Updated: 24/05/2018  
Tags: News

A landmark building in Salford- stood empty for nearly a quarter of a century - has been transformed into 41 new affordable flats.

Quay House, previously the old Employment Services Centre located on Trafford Road in Ordsall, has been brought back to life and converted into a stunning apartment block thanks to a regeneration project between Salix Homes, development company Endeavour and Salford Council's Empty Homes Team.

The building has been completely redesigned and modernised, providing much needed affordable one and two bedroom homes in Salford.

A spokesperson for Salford City Council's said: "It is a real shame to see buildings in Salford that should be lived in but instead remain empty and unused, therefore it is great to see Quay House once again in use for local people.

"Reducing the amount of empty homes and properties very important to all of us and we've been pushing to put this right and will continue to do so through our Empty Homes Team and partners. Almost one home a day has recently been brought back to life over the past half a dozen years in Salford.”

The building has remained empty since it was targeted during the notorious Salford summer riots in 1992 when several council and government buildings were attacked and badly damaged.

Quay House is now owned by Manchester-based development company Endeavour and Salix Living - the private sector leasing arm of Salix Homes - will be leasing and managing the new properties.

Eddie Sawford, Salix Living and leasehold services manager at Salix Homes said: "At present, there are more than 7, 000 people on the housing waiting list in Salford, so not only has a milestone building been brought back to life, but this project is also providing desperately needed affordable homes for residents of Salford.

"Everyone deserves to live in a property that they can afford and the housing sector needs to think smarter and work to bring more empty properties, like Quay House, back into use and we will continue to work with our partners to ensure empty properties across the city of Salford can be transformed to provide decent homes."

Jonathan Gwynne and Stephen Gray, owners of Endeavour, have plans for around 1,000 new homes in Salford.

They added: "We're delighted to complete a challenging project with financial support from Salford City Council and the support of Salix Living, who will be managing the building's day-to-day business. These homes are to a high-quality standard at affordable rent in a fantastic location and I'm certain it won't be long before they are all occupied.”

The regeneration project was partially funded through Empty Homes Funding from the Homes and Communities Agency. If you are interesting in renting one of the apartments at Quay House, please contact Salix Living on 0800 218 2000.