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Milestone reached in Brunswick regeneration

Councillors, contractors and residents have marked the official completion of Lockton Court, the first stage of the £106 million regeneration of the Brunswick neighbourhood in East Manchester.Work started in January 2014 to transform the area under a PFI (private finance initiative) contract between Manchester City Council and S4B, a partnership of Equitix, Galliford Try, Contour Homes and Mears Group.The regeneration programme is renovating 641 homes as well asbuilding 522 new properties, a 60-bed ‘extra care’ sheltered accommodation facility and a new shopping area.Mears, the UK’s leading social housing repairs and maintenance provider, is refurbishing the 641 council homes. Lockton Court is the first of four tower blocks to be refurbished.Outside, the nine-story building has been clad in external wall insulation, making homes more energy efficient, and newly decorated improving the appearance. There are also new balconies.Inside, the homes have entirely new kitchens and bathrooms, as well as upgraded lifts and intercom and TV systems.The second block – Lamport Court – is soon to completed and the remaining two blocks will be ready next year.


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