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How the new estate of affordable homes next to the River Irwell will look

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 27/09/2021 Chris Gee

Work to build a new estate of affordable homes next to the River Irwell is to start next month.

The 25 semi-detached and detached houses, which will all be rental properties built on a two-acre plot at Morris Street in Radcliffe.

The site is next to new flood defences in Radcliffe and Redvales which were designed to protect 873 properties in the area, including the new estate.

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Works on a flood defence scheme on the edge of the site, which included the construction of an earth bund and a wall, were completed by the Environment Agency earlier this year.

The Averill Group (TAG) has secured a joint venture with Irwell Valley Homes to deliver the 25 affordable homes.

Watson Homes has been appointed as the main contractor, with work set to begin next month.

During the 18-month construction around 40 jobs will be created, including three apprentice roles, with the scheme is expected to be completed by March 2023.

Luke Averill, managing director of TAG, said: “We are extremely pleased to announce the joint venture with such a well respected local housing association in Irwell Valley Homes, and to be delivering this 100 per cent affordable and much needed scheme for Bury.

“The homes will complement and grow what is already a thriving community; one that has easy access to public transport links and excellent local services.”

Luke, who grew up in Bury, added: “Along with our partners, which now includes Watson Homes, we are very confident of delivering a great scheme despite some of the challenges, including increasing build costs, that the pandemic has presented.”

The area where the two and three-bedroom homes will be built was once part of a 24-acre factory site which closed in 2004.

Since then the area has been partly redeveloped for housing.

Andrea Swanwick, development director at Irwell Valley Homes, said: “There is an acute need for more affordable homes across Greater Manchester.

“We’re delighted to be working in partnership to deliver these new homes for the local community.

“This development represents a significant investment in the area, with 40 jobs expected to be created.

“And once completed it will provide much-needed high quality, low carbon affordable homes.”

Iain Watson, development manager, Watson Homes, said: “This work at Morris Street, Radcliffe, will further enhance the area, providing in-demand new quality homes using innovative modern construction methods.”

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