Swedish delegation visit St Thomas Estate in Radcliffe following new rendering work arranged by Six Town Housing

A delegation of 70 housing professionals on a learning visit from Sweden toured St Thomas Estate in Radcliffe on 19th March to see if the recent regeneration work there could influence similar projects at home. (View a video of their tour here).

Riksbyggen, a company that constructs new homes and manages properties across Sweden, paid a 2 day visit to Greater Manchester to see how local buildings are constructed and housing estates are managed.

The company, who are responsible for a tenth of housing built in Sweden, took time to visit St Thomas to see how new external works has helped resolve issues of brick spalling in homes.

The group were split into two coaches and shown around the estate by staff from Six Town Housing, who manage social housing stock for Bury Council, and contractors A Connolly.

The estate received a £2m investment by Bury Council in 2015 to provide 90 social housing properties with new external rendering. As a result of the investment, the work on the estate was recently shortlisted for Best Regeneration Scheme at the Housing Excellence Awards 2016.

Emma Richman, Director of Assets at Six Town Housing, said, “Our international visitors showed great interest in St Thomas, asking lots of questions of why the properties received the works and how the scheme has been undertaken, to see if similar regeneration projects could be managed the same way in Sweden.”

Christian Bengtzelius, Compound Coordinator at Riksbyggen, said, “We are very pleased to have seen the project in Radcliffe. It was a valuable experience to see how your social housing stock is renovated and maintained, as we learned that you work with different materials than we do in Sweden.”

 

Cllr Sandra Walmsley, cabinet member for strategic housing and support services, said, "Bury Council has long been committed to improving our housing for the benefit of our tenants. For each of the last three years, we have spent or committed more than £12 million on capital works, and a further £12 million to bring our housing stock to a 'Bury Standard', which is above the regular 'decent homes' standard. A wide variety of work has been carried out, from new kitchens and bathrooms to reroofing programmes, and I am glad to see that this investment is appreciated, both locally and, it would seem, abroad!".

The group also visited a show room in Radcliffe set up by Six Town Housing to show tenants how to operate new, efficient Smart Energy systems that use Air Source Heating technology.

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