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Wates breaks ground in Oldham

21 Dec 11 Construction of the £113m Gateways to Oldham project has started following a ground breaking ceremony in central Chadderton.

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

The consortium, which also includes Regenter and Great Places Housing Group, signed a 25-year contract to deliver improved public housing services for Oldham Council at the end of November.

The Gateways to Oldham project will also see recreational facilities improved, along with two new community centres and a retail unit, as well as improved parking, footpaths and street lighting. Inspiral Oldham will manage and maintain the estates for 25 years.

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

Wates Living Space regional managing director Steve Jackson said: “This 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.”

Great Places chief executive Stephen Porter added: “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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