Council selects delivery partner for pioneering council housing project

Manchester City Council has selected regeneration and construction group Galliford Try Partnerships to deliver 75 new affordable council homes in the north of the city.

Galliford Try Partnerships will work with modular construction specialist ilke Homes to build contemporary three and four bedroom houses on a cleared site in Newton Heath.

Three canal-side blocks of apartments, will also be built using modern methods of construction on the Silk Street site which is owned by the City Council.

Cllr Suzanne Richards, the Executive member for Housing and Regeneration, said: “The pioneering Silk Street project will create up to 75 much needed high quality new Council Homes for Manchester residents.

“We have been clear from the outset that we want to demonstrate the benefits that modular and modern methods of construction can bring to both the quality and speed of delivery of these affordable new homes. Selecting Galliford Try Partnerships and ilke Homes as our delivery partner is another important step forward.”

Stephen Teagle, Chief Executive of Galliford Try Partnerships, said: “This builds on our existing joint working with Manchester City Council in increasing the supply of much needed homes in the city. We are looking forward to working with the partners to deliver high quality homes at pace which will be an enduring benefit for the wider community.”

Dave Sheridan, Chief Executive of ilke Homes, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to be part of the partnership delivering much needed homes through this fantastic project.”

The delivery of the Silk Street project is being followed by architect George Clarke for a new Channel 4 series celebrating 100 years of Council Housing

George attended an initial community event on May 28th to learn more about residents’ aspirations for new housing and further consultations will be held once initial designs are developed and before planning is submitted later in the summer.

Start of construction of the first houses is scheduled for autumn 2019 with the first homes expected to be complete and occupied in 2020.

Manchester based Sixtwo Architects have designed the masterplan for the scheme.

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