Kenyon Gateway completed

Kenyon Gateway.

£4.4m Kenyon Gateway housing scheme completed

Work to bring to our designs for 50 new social housing properties in Salford has been completed.

The £4.4m Kenyon Gateway scheme in Little Hulton, was for City West Housing Trust, a member of the ForViva housing group.

Thirty-eight of the properties are two and three-bedroom houses and 12 are one-bedroom apartments. Three of the houses are shared ownership with the remainder of properties Affordable Rent.

To help bring more character to an area that previously had little variety, designs include contrasting brick panels, canopies and balconies. To tie in with the area, the design draws from existing features such as the turning gable that bookends the scheme. The apartment block design signposts the gateway to the estate and uses feature details to wrap around the corner site.

Landscaping has seen the retention of a large number of trees and shrubs to make it a green and pleasant area. Hard and soft landscaping was carefully integrated to create an appealing street frontage largely by not having front boundaries to the new homes to improve visibility for the security and safety of residents.

City West Housing Trust customers, Community Support Officers and the Salford Crime Prevention Unit were consulted as part of the planning process with regard to the principle of Home Zones and examples given at the resident consultation event.

The Home Zone initiative has seen John McCall Architects redesign a residential street and transform it into a valued public space to foster a sense of community. This will encourage greater diversity and use of the street by residents, increase children’s play, integrate older people, improve safety and let residents reclaim the environment from the car.

Associate at John McCall Architects, Joanne Mountfield, said: “We have designed a scheme to ensure all homes are attractive with welcoming features that not only provide nice places to live but improve the standard of the wider area. There is a lot of attention to detail in the design of all the homes that has been carefully balanced to give them character and individuality while remaining in keeping with the existing architecture. The landscaping adds another dimension creating a setting where new build homes are in more mature grounds and benefit from safer and more inclusive communities.”

Nigel Sedman, Director of Investment and Regeneration at ForViva, said: “We are committed to building more properties to meet current and future needs and contributing to creating communities where people are proud to live. We’re delighted that the Kenyon Gateway development is now complete and we have already seen the impact that these homes have had on local families.”