Wates breaks new ground in Oldham

Construction of the £113m Gateways to Oldham project commenced today following a ground breaking ceremony held at Kent Avenue in central Chadderton.

Wates Living Space will now build 317 new Council homes and refurbish 322 Council homes across four sites in the borough as part of its role in the Inspiral Oldham Consortium.

Comprising Wates, Great Places Housing Group, and Regenter, the Consortium signed a 25-year contract to deliver improved public housing services for Oldham Council at the end of November.

The project will see enhanced recreational facilities including two new community centres and a retail unit, improved parking, footpaths and street lighting and management and maintenance of the estates over the 25-year period.

Areas earmarked for improvements include the Crossley and Primrose Bank estates with the new homes built on brownfield sites at Westwood and Fitton Hill.

Steve Jackson, Regional Managing Director at Wates Living Space, commented: “Today marks the start of a significant transformation in Oldham’s housing provision and we are delighted to get be part of that. We have an excellent site team in place that have already been busy making links with the local community to ensure we utilise our presence in the borough to create local employment and training opportunities. We’re eager to get cracking - now is the time for the hard work of building to begin.”

Councillor Dave Hibbert, Cabinet Member for Housing, Transport and Regeneration, added: “This is a significant scheme that will be of great benefit to local residents and businesses. After years of negotiation people will now see the plans take shape as work starts leading to greatly improved local communities and the opportunity of jobs for local people.”

Jim Saunders, Managing Director of Regenter said: “We are delighted to be part of the event today that signifies the start of this hugely important regeneration project for local communities in Oldham. As project sponsor, Regenter is very proud to invest in the delivery of new and improved housing, open spaces and community facilities for Oldham residents. We look forward to working in close partnership with Oldham Council and our consortium partners on such an exciting regeneration project.”

Stephen Porter, chief executive of Great Places Housing Group, said: “We have waited a long time for the go ahead on this project and are excited that Wates can get started on site. Great Places has a strong track record of successfully managing homes and helping to create sustainable communities in Oldham. We are looking forward to making this happen in Crossley, Primrose Bank, Westwood and Fitton Hill.”

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