GMHP member, Irwell Valley Homes has started major renovation works to bring two derelict buildings back to life in Salford.

The buildings on Great Clowes Street, which have stood empty for several years, are being transformed into purpose-built homes to help local young people with additional needs live independently in a home of their own.

One building is being completely remodelled and refurbished to provide homes for four young people with learning and physical disabilities. It will be wheelchair accessible throughout with wider doorways, turning circles, a lift and adapted bathrooms. Residents will also benefit from a communal sitting room, dining area, adapted kitchen and laundry. The latest assisted technology is being installed including voice activated room controls, self-cleaning appliances and fixtures, a video door entry system and robotic hoists. This will support residents to live independently and reduce their reliance on the support of carers to help them with their daily living needs.

The other building will provide homes and support for young people leaving care. There will be five fully furnished rooms with a shared sitting room, kitchen, laundry and bathrooms. There will also be two self-contained apartments that will provide move-on accommodation. This type of accommodation allows residents to enjoy living independently with support if they need it. Residents will also benefit from fantastic shared facilities and on-site support to help them transition from living in care, to moving into a home of their own.  

Sasha Deepwell, Chief Executive of Irwell Valley Homes said: “It is great to be bringing these buildings back into residential use after years of neglect.

Demand for supported housing is growing. We are committed to providing more to help people enjoy life and realise their potential. This innovative development will support young people to move into their first home of their own, a major milestone in anyone’s life, and we feel very privileged to play a part in this.

Developments such as these are vital to ensuring people have the right support to live as they choose, fostering independence and a sense of pride. Research also shows that supported housing saves the public purse around £940 per resident, per year, by reducing the demand on health and social care services.”

The Irwell Valley Homes development is another example of how GMHP members are finding innovative ways to connect the health and housing sectors by reducing the pressures on health and social care.

The development is part of Irwell Valley Homes’ wider development programme which will see them build over 1000 new homes across Greater Manchester over the next four years.  They are investing over £1.3 million in this development of which £482,000 has been granted by Homes England, the Government’s Home Agency set up earlier this year as one of the key steps towards delivering homes the country needs.

The first phase of the work is being done by Wright Build and the full scheme will be completed by July 2019. For more information please visit

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