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£300k refurb complete to transform ‘ugly and aging’ Langworthy flats


A dated 1960s housing block on Langworthy Road in Salford has been given a £300,000 makeover by Salix Homes.

The 24-flat Ailsa House, owned and managed by the housing association, saw a range of upgrades across the four-month re-fit and rebuild.

Improvements include installing a new roof alongside new windows and doors, with a modern glass balcony replacing the old deck access balcony in front of the homes.

Ugly conifer trees which blighted views from the properties have been taken down to improve the amount of light inside.

Ailsa House before work started

Ailsa House before work started

Oldham-based building firm Emanuel Whittaker carried out the work.

Mark Foster, service director of investment at Salix Homes, said: “Ailsa House now looks fantastic following its recent makeover.

“The block was beginning to look a little tired and dated but for a relatively modest investment we have been able to deliver a transformation in how it looks.

(R-L) Mark Foster (director for investment at Salix Homes), Cllr John Warmisham,  Langworthy ward, Cllr Paul Longshaw, lead member for housing, residents Francis Abella and Anthony Cadogan

(R-L) Mark Foster (director for investment at Salix Homes), Cllr John Warmisham, Langworthy ward, Cllr Paul Longshaw, lead member for housing, residents Francis Abella and Anthony Cadogan

“Cutting back the trees which were blocking light from residents homes, and replacing the planter, are the icing on the cake.

“It’s really changed the appearance for those who live here and for those who pass-by on journeys to and from MediaCityUK.”

John Gallagher, Contracts Manager at Emanuel Whittaker, said: “This has been a fantastic project to be involved with and it’s great to give Ailsa House the makeover it deserves.

“The residents are enjoying new and improved homes and now they can be proud of the external new look of this landmark building.”

Workers celebrate with residents on the new entrances and upgrades

Workers celebrate with residents on the new entrances and upgrades

Resident Anthony Cadogan was delighted with the building’s new look.

The 23-year-old said: “The place has been completely transformed and has such a fresh vibe compared to before.

“It now feels a very clean and modern place to live in. I love it.”

Salix Homes’s £300,000 investment at Ailsa House is part of a promised £22 million refurb plan for 2,200 homes across Salford over the next two years.

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