Tower block scoops top award for ‘green’ credentials

A Salford tower block has scooped a prestigious accolade in recognition of its ‘green’ credentials.

Mulberry Court in Pendleton has picked up a top honour in the North West Regional Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Awards.

The 17-storey high rise building came out on top in the Regional Large Scale Project of the Year category, which recognises energy saving projects.

Housing association Salix Homes, which owns more than 8,300 homes across Salford, has been working alongside its partner contractors Seddon and Alumasc to transform Mulberry Court, alongside neighbouring tower blocks Magnolia and Sycamore Court.

The 1960s high rise building, which contains 96 properties, has recently undergone a £2.6million facelift and been fitted with a raft of eco-measures including external wall insulation and double glazing – vastly improving the building’s energy efficiency.

The tower block also has an eco-friendly communal heating system fitted to the roof, which has helped reduce residents’ fuel bills.

Simon Stott, contracts manager at Salix Homes, said: “Tackling fuel poverty and improving the carbon footprint of all our properties is a key priority for Salix Homes, so it’s a real honour to be recognised for our efforts with such a prestigious award.

“Our significant investment at Mulberry Court, along with its neighbouring tower blocks, is part of our wider £75million investment programme. Residents now have warm, modern and energy efficient homes fit for the 21st century, and to win this award alongside our contractors Seddon and Alumasc really is the icing on the cake.”

As part of the two-year improvement project, the properties have also been fitted with new kitchens, bathrooms and doors.

Externally, the once-greying blocks have been completely rendered, cladded and painted in striking shades of green and grey chosen by the residents.

Nikki Waud, business development manager at Seddon, said: “We’re thrilled to be recognised for our work at Mulberry Court, but everything we do is built on strong and ongoing partnerships.

Working together with Salix Homes, Alumasc and Procure Plus

“Working together with Salix Homes, Alumasc and Procure Plus to deliver this major improvement project not only provided an energy efficient solution for residents but also maximised our investment in the local area ensuring training, development and jobs for local people. Well done to all involved.”

Andy Gait, area technical manager at Alumasc, added: “This is a very well deserved piece of recognition for Salix Homes and congratulations to all those involved with this exciting project.  Mulberry Court has now set the standard in terms of quality and finish and the industry must use this as a benchmark for future installation of External Wall Insulation.

Seddon is currently adding the finishing touches to Mulberry Court and the project is expected to be completed this summer.


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