(Northwards' head of home improvements Paul Maidment in the kitchen of one of the revamped apartments)
We're bringing deserted homes - some of which haven't been lived in for 15 years - back to life in north Manchester.
So far, we've transformed six long-time vacant bedsits in Collyhurst into brand new apartments. Two more are about to be completed in Blackley and Higher Blackley.
Depending on the success of re-letting this initial batch, we hope to be able to convert more vacant one-room flats across the north of the city.
The properties cost around £8,000 each to revamp, which covers the installation of a new kitchen and bathroom, replacement central heating, a full electrical rewire, new flooring and redecoration.
The bedsits originally fell out of use as demand for this type of accommodation declined since the turn of the 21st century. But by adding rooms and refurbishing the flats, we hope to create homes that will appeal to a lot more people.
Paul Maidment, head of home improvements at Northwards, said: “It’s well known that there is a shortage of social housing across the country, so the more properties we can offer to people looking for an affordable home, the better.
“By making such big improvements to these flats, we’re able to resurrect them as something much more attractive and suitable for future tenants.
“It may only be a small number of apartments we’re able to bring back into use at first, but it’s important to make the most out of all the property we have available. This is especially true as more people look to downsize following the impact of the government’s ‘Bedroom Tax’.”