A flagship retirement housing scheme which saw the transformation of a derelict block of flats has been nominated for a ‘green’ award.
Whitebeck Court was an unloved tower block in Charlestown, north Manchester, which could have been pulled down. But last year, the 16-storey building underwent an £8.9m refurbishment, creating 91 ‘Extra Care’ apartments.
'Extra Care' housing is for older people who want to enjoy life independently, with access to care and support if they need it.
The revamp came after grant funding from the Department of Health. All the flats have been adapted to suit people in wheelchairs and there is a care team on site.
Whitebeck has been nominated for one of Inside Housing magazine's Sustainable Housing Awards. The scheme has made the shortlist in the ‘sustainable larger housing retrofit project of the year’ category.
Whitebeck’s green credentials include:
We knew that these things would not be as effective as they could be if we didn't advise tenants on how to make the most of them. That's why we:
This work is already bearing fruit. Residents moving to Whitebeck from like-for-like accommodation, as well as those downsizing from family homes, are seeing an astronomical reduction in their energy bills – an average of £31 a month.
Greig Lees, Head of Regeneration, said: "The nomination is testament to the hard work of the partners in making sure Whitebeck Court is truly sustainable.
"We haven't just paid lip service to being green - we've actively engaged our tenants in how to make the most of their new energy efficient homes.
"Whitebeck is a great place to live - we are very proud of what we have achieved here."